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Sam Black

Sam Black is an Internet Safety Consultant and a manager at Covenant Eyes. He joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist, serving as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines in six states. He has been married for 17 years and is a father of two.

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The Porn Circuit

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14 thoughts on “The Bible and the Brain

  1. Amen! Porn get burned into your brain, especially in the formative years, with laser like efficiency. I cannot remember any of my school textbooks nor most of the books I’ve read for enjoyment. But at 62 years of age, unwanted images I saw as a youngster and a young man are forever imprinted. By the grace of God and His Word they are defeated but always remain as scars left over from some horrible disease. A disease that lies dormant waiting for your mental and spiritual immune system to weaken.

  2. I like this sentence from the article, “Overcoming sinful practices is not so much about breaking bad habits as it is about creating something new.

    The Bible doesn’t ask us to change, it ask us to exchange! Exchange our sinful practices for new practices.

    • Following the basic premise that we teach our brains what we should find arousing through repetition, watching cartoon sex is teaching one’s brain to be turned on cartoon sexuality. This would effectively be the development of a fetish.

  3. Helpful article. I forwarded this to a friend too. Since you welcomed comments, I will share.

    I’ve been doing well in this area in 2013. As a single male in his early 30′s pursuing sexual integrity can be difficult. Nevertheless, I believe that sexual purity is vital in order to have an intimate relationship with God (Matt 5:8; Heb 12:14). There’s nothing better than experiencing the continual, transforming presence of God’s in one’s life (Ps 42:1-2) .

    I read the Bible regularly and my church is a vital link to the larger body of Christ. Without the church, I would be a floating buoy on the sea of rampant pornography. Now, with the weight and power of the Holy Spirit holding me close to God, I’m anchored to the shore of God’s presence.
    I agree with Sam Black that the Bible uses “one another” statements to encourage believers to rely on and encourage one another. We can’t do this on our own. No soldier ever won a battle for his country singlehandedly.

    My prayer is that God will continue to empower us to walk in the Spirit and not gratify the sinful desires of the flesh (Rom 8:4-5; Gal 5:16). The psalmist said, “The rules you set down are completely reliable. Holiness aptly adorns your house, O LORD, forever” (Ps 93:5 NET). Oh Lord, you have been so faithful to us, help us to be faithful to you!

    Thanks Covenant Eyes for your encouraging and practical articles. Here’s to 2013, maintaining masculine momentum, and walking in sexual purity!

  4. I have been a born again christian since 17th June 1997. my father introduced me to porn at the age of 10! my mother was in hospital at the time, he told me to get something from his bedside table in his bedroom which was covered with sex magazines. What was i meant to do at that age? Yes i looked time and again, and here i am today totally addicted. You talk about the word of God being able to set us free! but what if i hate reading the bible! Let me explain this to you. I can sit for hours reading sex stories even illegal ones, and i have no problems with the words at all, i can also read them quite fast to. Now when it comes to reading Gods word i can’t seem to do it! it seems very boring, i know this is not right, i even tell friends that its because i have server dyslexia. yes i do have dyslexia. but i don’t understand why i can spend hours reading these sometimes very perverted stories and yet can’t spend time reading about Jesus the saviour of my life. i tell my friends that i love God but don’t spend time with him. maybe after 45 years of reading and looking at this crap, to be continued! sorry.

    • Hi Stephen,

      There are many things that can be going on here, but I have a few suggestions.

      1. Consider the idea that you may have grown callous to hearing from God. One of the marks of sexually perverted thoughts is a “darkened” mind, “hardness of heart,” and becoming “callous” (Ephesians 4:18-19). It is possible that in years entrenchment into sexual perversion, your heart has grown cold to God’s words. If this is true, then consider cutting yourself off from reading anything that isn’t the Bible or Christian literature. There is something to be said for “fasting” from things of the world for a season.

      2. If you acknowledge that reading sex stories is sinful, then find someone to help you quit. Get away from all the things that have enslaved you since you were 10.

      3. It isn’t sinful to find specific parts of the Bible uninteresting. Instead, fill your mind with Scripture in other ways. Get a good Bible on CD or MP3. Listen to sermons that explain various portions of Scripture. Spend time in Bible study with friends. Don’t just focus on the “reading” aspect. Listen to and discuss the Bible in community.

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