Pornography is affecting the church in major ways, even ministers and other leaders.
- In 2005, 57% of pastors surveyed said addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation.
- In 2006, a survey reported 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.
- In 2002, 54% of pastors surveyed said they had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.
Below are some free articles, sermons and podcasts that are particularly helpful for pastors who are looking for resources to help themselves or their congregations.
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Free Resources to Help Your Congregation
Porn Again Christian – Mark Driscoll’s FREE e-book addressed to men who struggle with pornography and masturbation.
13 Ways to Ruin Your Life – Jarrod Jones’ FREE e-book addressed to men who struggle with lust.
Six Reasons Why Guys Like Porn – A fresh look at Proverbs 7 and how it relates to pornography temptation in the modern world.
“Somebody’s Daughter” Documentary – A new cutting-edge documentary takes on the issue of pornography in the church.
Find a Christian Counselor for Porn Addiction – Helpful links to find Christian counselors.
Musicians Speak Out to Those Tempted by Porn – A collection of songs from popular Christian musicians speaking about the issue of pornography temptation.
Myths About Pornography – 6 myths people often believe about pornography and how to respond to them.
Breaking the Cycle of Porn Addiction – A brief look at the “cycle of addiction” and how accountability can help someone who is trapped.
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For Pastors Who Struggle
Pastors Find Accountability on the Internet – Quotes from pastors who use Covenant Eyes accountability software and how it has helped them.
Youth Ministers Find Accountability Online – Three youth workers discuss why Internet accountability is such a needed tool as a ministry leader.
A Higher Standard: Internet Accountability for Every Church Member – A letter from an IT director from a large church about why they use Covenant Eyes among the church staff.
Christian Leaders and Christian Character – J. Lee Grady of Charisa Magazine gives his thoughts on the need for integrity among pastors and church leaders.
When Pastors Look at Porn – Assemblies of God lists their formal guidelines for helping minsters who fall to pornography temptations.
Pastors and Porn: A Letter to Assemblies of God Ministers – A letter from former Assemblies of God superintendent Tom Trask about the need for accountability among ministers.
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Porn Statistics and Current Events
From Venus to Vivid – A brief look at historical connection between pornography and technology.
Porn: A Four Letter Word – A look at the times in which we live, the big business of porn, and how the church should respond to it.
Ex-Porn Star Tells the Truth About the Adult Industry – An article by Shelley Lubben, a former prostitute and porn star who now reaches out to the sex industry in California.
Bakes Sales, Sex Trafficking, and Pornography – A post about how pornography is tied to sex trafficking around the world.
How Much Free Porn Is Online? – New research about the amount of free pornography photos and videos online.
Survey of Christian Counselors About Pornography – A new survey done by Covenant Eyes about how counselors are addressing porn addiction in the church.
Scholars Lecture about the Social Costs of Pornography – New drafts from psychologists and sociologist about the effects of porn on our culture.
Teens and Internet Pornography – A special series of posts about the Internet generation and the rise of pornography addiction among youth.
Are Teens Making Homemade Porn? – Information about how teens are mimicking what they see in pornography.
Teen Pregnancy Linked to Sex on TV – New research done on the link between pregnancy and sexualized media.
Porn 101: College Campuses Using Porn in the Classroom – Information about college classrooms that are using pornography as a teaching tool.
Porn and Pong: Sex in Video Games – A look at the history of sexuality in video games.
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Sermons and Podcasts
Equipping Pastors to Minister to the Sexually Broken – Harvest USA president, John Freeman, shares his thoughts with pastors about making the church a safe place for the sexually broken.
The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, Albert Mohler, shares his thoughts with college students about the the fight against lust and pornography temptations.
A Covenant With My Eyes – Sermon from Covenant Eyes blogger, Luke Gilkerson, on Job 31:1-12.
Radio Interview with Covenant Eyes President – Ron DeHaas of Covenant Eyes shares the story of the ministry and how it has helped people stay away from pornography.
Great Preaching on Sex – A collection of sermons from the 2004 Desiring God Conference, “Sex and the Supremacy of Christ.”
Breaking Free of Porn Addiction – Former addict tells his story and how God rescued him from the grip of pornography temptations.
The Power of Porn – Gene McConnell shares his story of porn addiction with college students.
Battling Internet Pornography – Excerpt of an interview of Christian counselor Paul Mavrogeorge about how Covenant Eyes helps battle Internet temptations.