Pornography: The Enemy Among Us — Porn and Pastors — PART ONE

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Porn. It’s more pervasive, easier to find, and cheaper to acquire than ever before. And the more it’s presence grows in our culture, the more it’s impact is felt, and the more it is revealing the negative toll it can take on us. Especially on Christians. What’s the big deal? What’s a few dirty pictures? It’s much more of a problem than that. Porn speaks to our most basic sinful natures, grabs hold of us and plays upon our innermost human desires. Our association with porn can affect our relationships, of views of what our partners should be, our expectations of marriage, our self esteem, and most importantly, our relationship with Christ.

Recently we’ve posted articles about Terry Crewes and his public announcement of his struggles with porn addiction. But let’s take a look at how porn is currently affecting the overall Christian community.

The Barna Group just completed a study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors. The study included 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors, and was commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru. The study examined pornography’s effect on pastors, churches, the general population, and young people.

It’s a fascinating look at the impact pornography is having upon all of us. It shows that even our pastors are not immune to its effects. And it sheds light on the impact it’s having on young people in the church.

Pornography And Pastors

According to the Barna study, most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past. Overall, 21 percent of youth pastors and 14 percent of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.

Disturbingly, more than 1 in 10 youth pastors (12%) and 1 in 20 pastors (5%) said that not only do they look at more, they’re actually addicted to it.

A solid majority of pastors currently using porn said that it negatively impacts their ministry (75% of youth pastors, and 64% of pastors).

87% of pastors said they felt shame about their habits, and more than half (55%) live in constant fear that others will discover their pornography use.

More than 9 in 10 pastors (93% of pastors, 94% of youth pastors) said pornography is becoming a bigger problem, specifically for the church. Only 7 percent of pastors said their church had any programs designed to help those struggling with pornography.

Coming up next: Pornography And Teenagers In The Church

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