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Pornography

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

IMG_0301Sexuality drives the secular world. One area of our lives where we are called to NOT conform to the pattern of this world is Sexuality and Pornography.

Pornography is very damaging to marriage and to all of human sexuality. Filling one’s mind with unnatural and fictitious scenarios can lead to expectations and demands that are not healthy or natural. It can lead to fantasies that are sinful and damage not only marriage but relationships with other men and women in your life. You will find yourself thinking thoughts about strangers and even close friends you would never have thought without your use of pornography.

Pornography is addictive. It is easy to access today through the internet. It is sin and WILL damage your marriage. As a single person, it will damage your thinking about sexuality and when you marry it will cause expectations that will lead to difficulties in your marriage, guaranteed.

Pornography is demeaning to the men and women who participate. Sexuality is supposed to be a blessing for the married couple – between a man and a woman. Pornography creates circumstances that present sexuality as something to share with anyone, at any time, and in any place.

There are several organizations that will help men and women free themselves from the addiction of pornography. Below are some great links.

https://promisekeepers.org/partners/covenant-eyes
https://promisekeepers.org/programs/2015-purity-resources-for-pastors

These are some of the links found on the Promise Keepers’ web page. Focus on the Family also has some articles of interest. I will quote the opening of one article.

by Gene McConnell and Keith Campbell

Not everyone who sees porn will become addicted to it. Some will just come away with toxic ideas about women, sex, marriage and children. That kind of damage is bad enough. And porn isn’t the only ingredient in addiction. Usually, those who become addicted have some kind of emotional opening that allows the addiction to really take root.

Some of you reading this will become addicted, like I was. The porn companies don’t mind at all if you become completely addicted to their product. It’s great for business. An addicted customer keeps coming back for more. And so they fill their porn with images that will excite you, arouse you and get the hormones flowing. You don’t have to shoot up any drug with a needle to get addicted to porn — your body will make its own drugs just by looking at the pictures. Dr. Victor Cline says that sex and pornography can be a more difficult addiction to break than cocaine.

To read the rest of the article go to the following link:
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/divorce-and-infidelity/pornography-and-virtual-infidelity/stages-of-porn-addiction

Are there other sources people have found to help them with this addiction? It IS damaging to humanity.

Your thoughts?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 12, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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