Porn Addicts Need Our Christian Support

Lyndon Bowring, Executive Chairman of CARE, says the Christian community must fight the porn industry

In 1960s Britain, over 70 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women were tobacco smokers. Lighting up on buses, trains, planes, in cinemas and even hospitals was normal.

Doctors and dentists happily endorsed advertisements, and one poster portrayed an expectant mother saying, “People are always telling me that smoking causes low birth weight. Talk about a win-win-win. An easy labour, a slim baby and the full flavour of a Marlboro cigarette.”

Porn addicts need our Christian support

Porn addicts need our Christian support

Since then we’ve learned better. Attitudes towards tobacco have been transformed and the government has made it a priority to discourage young people from starting and to help smokers quit.

Tackling a new social evil, CARE, with ‘Naked Truth’, recently hosted the ‘P-Word Conference’ in London. Four hundred Christian leaders attended and they were greatly encouraged and resourced to support people ensnared by pornography, both in the community and Church. It was a time of information, uplifting stories and other fascinating contributions from those drawn into this harmful habit.

Rob Parsons attended and said to me, “The day was inspirational – it was as if the audience had been invited to a crash course on this issue. I really hope it’ll be repeated all over the country.”

There is a new openness as Christians accept that those accessing pornography need understanding and support.

‘If it happened to tobacco it can happen to porn– but only if we are determined, through prayer and effective action, to win’

We are all tempted by many things. Each morning I pray in response to Matthew 5:8 – ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’ – for God to purify my heart, my thoughts and my motives. It’s wonderful to see the Holy Spirit touching many young people today with a passion for purity and a desire to challenge our sexualised culture.

Pornography is a massive problem that can ruin lives and relationships.

But is there any hope of persuading gov ernment, the media and the general public to face the truth, come on board and work for change? I believe there is, because it’s happened before.

The global tobacco market, estimated at approximately £450-£500 billion annually, used its economic power and marketing machine to persuade us that smoking was a good thing. But in 2008 a World Health Organisation report exposed how scientific research had often been discredited.

The truth is tobacco prematurely kills half of those who smoke long term smoking is a major threat to public health.

Some insisted, “We shouldn’t tell others what they can and can’t do, there’s no real evidence of harm, smoking is a personal choice – not anyone else’s concern.” You could say the same about pornography.

But change happened! The tobacco lobby was confronted with incontrovertible research. The government increased taxes, restricted where you could smoke and spent public money on advertising and education.

Smoking is now seen as anti-social; in shops cigarettes are hidden behind shutters.

In the 60s our society believed the lie that smoking does no harm. Today many believe the lie that porn is good for you and causes no damage. If we educate the Church and wider society, provide research and briefings why shouldn’t porn go the same way as tobacco?

There are many strong cases against it – it’s deeply degrading to women, it devalues God’s gift of sex, and viewing porn causes harmful chemical changes to the brain and erectile dysfunction in teenage boys as well as a coarsening of their attitudes and emotions.

We believe God is calling us to fight the giant of porn, which is part of a global sex industry that’s one of the most profitable businesses in the world. CARE and others will not surrender to a culture of pornography acceptance. We are committed to inspiring church leaders and individuals with a renewed vision of healing and restoration.

Could the tide of pornography be turned? If it happened to tobacco it can happen to porn – but only if we are determined, through prayer and effective action, to win.

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