The hookIn 1996 officials of the U.S. Department of Justice stated,

“Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.”

Imagine what they might say today in 2016. It’s a tsunami wave of destruction that has already been unleashed on the world and the church. The stats for pre teens and teens are overwhelming. If your child or teen has an Iphone they have accessibility to a personal porn library that makes the old Playboy magazines look like Mickey Mouse. Researchers are struggling with research for teens because they cannot get together a significant control group – that is teens who have not been exposed to pornography.  

Latest statistics by the Barna group on porn statistics in US churches

  • 68% of church going men view porn regularly
  • 76% of 18 – 24 year olds actively seek out porn
  • 49% of young adults say all or most of their friends regularly use porn
  • 33% of females 18 – 24 view porn regularly
  • Only 9% of church goers in the US and 7% of Pastors in the US say they have a program at their church to help those struggling with pornography

PDMI seminar Statistics (over 1000 data points)

  • 60 to 70% of adult men in a church are battling with sexual / porn addiction
  • 50 to 55% of the Pastors

General pornography stats

  • Every second 28,258 users are watching pornography on the internet
  • Every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography on the internet
  • Every second 372 people are typing the word “adult” into search engines
  • 40 million American people regularly visit porn sites
  • 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography
  • 25% of all search engine queries are related to pornography, or about 68 million search queries a day
  • One third of porn viewers are women
  • Search engines get 116,000 queries every day related to child pornography
  • 34% of internet users have experienced unwanted exposure to pornographic content through ads, pop up ads, misdirected links or emails
  • 2.5 billion emails sent or received every day contain porn
  • Every 39 minutes a new pornography video is being created in the United States

A common assertion when it comes to terminology like “Porn addiction” is this: “What’s causing all the commotion about porn is not its use or misuse, but the rigid, prudish moral standard that dominates the Christian’s conscience. Loosen the moral standard and the perceived problem goes away.”

  • A helpful answer to this assertion and the terminology we use is found in an article written by Luke Gilkerson, Educational Resource Manager at Covenant Eyes (see the the link below).

  • Children are becoming addicted to pornography a recent study by Plymouth University in the UK has shown.

  • In the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s (ABA 2001b) study of children’s exposure to offensive material on the Internet, it was reported that 47 per cent of young persons aged 11-17 years had unintentionally accessed material on the Internet that they found to be “offensive or disgusting”. This material was mainly pornographic in nature, but also included nudity, “rude stuff”, tasteless jokes, talk in chat rooms and violent imagery (ABA 2001b). (This is in 2001, The statistics are far worse in 2014). (The Australian government institute of family studies)

The church must remain clear that pornography is not essentially wrong because it is addictive, but because of its titillating and deceptive message: it rips sexuality from its relational context and presents human beings not as creatures made in God’s image, but as sexual commodities, something to be bought and sold.