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Letter To All Churches: Why Churches Must Talk Boldly About The Sin Of Pornography And Masturbation Among Singles In 2022

Letter To All Churches: Why Churches Must Talk Boldly About The Sin Of Pornography And Masturbation Among Singles In 2022

Letter To All Churches: Why Churches Must Talk Boldly About The Sin Of Pornography And Masturbation Among Singles In 2022.

Pornography and masturbation are not only physically and psychologically damaging (as evident in numerous research and peer reviews), but it also diminishes spirituality and eventually create a disconnect in the relationship between God and Christians, especially Christian youths. According to Bevill and Associate, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to internet pornography before the age of 18. Kingdom Works Studio conducted another research that proved that 68% of church-going men and 76% of young Christian adults between 18 to 24 years old actively watch porn. Statistics published by familysafemedia.com revealed that there are 4.2 million pornographic websites worldwide (which represents 12% of all websites in the world); every day, there are 68 million search engine requests for pornographic material (this comprises 25% of all search engine requests); the average daily pornographic emails are 4.5 per user; there are 100,000 websites that offer illegal child pornography; and annually, there are 72 million worldwide visitors to pornographic websites.
These figures are steadily increasing daily due to the proliferation of portable and smart devices and open access to the internet in the last two decades. In previous generations, pornography was available primarily via books, magazines, and films. Obtaining these materials normally meant they must physically go to a store and risk their reputation due to the likelihood of being spotted. For most of them, it simply wasn’t worth the risk. Today, pornography is just a click away; accessing it does not demand any face-to-face contact, which gives the user a strong sense of obscurity and enable them to build an impermeable defence against reality and consequence. Christian youths, thus, are being inundated and bombarded with pornography and are increasingly becoming addicted; consequently, they have become slaves to masturbation.

This does not bode well for the Church as its spiritual effects are staggering, to say the least. Addiction to pornography and masturbation tends to eventually make one numb to the fact that they are sins. Spiritually, this is an extremely slippery slope as it suppresses Christian youths’ conscience to the point where they feel no condemnation by the Holy Spirit and vindicate sin. When they reach this point, the Bible says it is impossible to renew them to repentance: “For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame,” Hebrews 6:4–6 (NLT).
To this end, pornography and masturbation among Christian youths should not be overlooked by the Church. It is high time the Body of Christ creates an enabling environment where these subjects and every issue related to it can be discussed openly and extensively. Otherwise, many Christians will fall to the temptation of pornography, masturbation, and other forms of sexual immorality.

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