Breaking Up with Porn
Monday, April 29, 2013
I haven’t posted on this topic because I wanted to make sure my content came across the right way, but because so many of you have requested I write on it, I felt compelled to finally do it. Regardless of your relationship with porn, it’s undoubtedly a problem with today’s Christians, and I believe it will only grow to be worse unless we deliberately do something about it.
Here are some stats:
- 54% of Christians said they had watched pornographic material within the last year. (survey from pastors.com)
- 47% of Christian households said that porn is a struggle in their household. (2003 focus on the family survey)
Pretty crazy, huh?
This post is going to a broad guideline to help you, a friend, or a family member abstain from the harm and affliction of porn. And regardless if you have a problem with it or not, it can still be used as a precautionary foundation for your future.
5 ways to help you break up with pornography:
1. Study scripture to understand God’s yearning for us to be pure by abstaining from fleshly desires.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Matthew 5:28, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, 1 Peter 2:11.
2. Install accountability software onto any device that gives you internet access.
- www.XXXChurch.com offers a free software that is available for most platforms.
3. Keep your computer somewhere people can see it, and not behind a closed door.
- Boredom is Satan’s playground, and a closed door doesn’t help.
4. Give yourself limitations as to when you are to be online.
- Everyone has a different schedule, but try and disconnect from all online platforms about 2-3 hours before you go to sleep.
5. Do not put a password on your smart-phone, tablet, or laptop. Keep your devices open for accountability.
- Having a password gives you the comfort of looking at pornographic material and not worrying whether people will find out. This is exactly opposite of what you should be doing.
I hope these 5 points help you with your struggle. There are plenty of things other than this post to help you along your struggle with porn, but I pray this post will resonate with you in a way that is transforming and life-changing.
Be honest about your struggle. Don’t let porn obstruct your potential with Christ.
- Jarrid Wilson