I found this poignant video on Josh McDowell's website http://www.just1clickaway.org/ after our family has recently had a brush with internet pornography. My sister's family has been torn apart by it and I have other friends whose families are on the brink of divorce because of it. Warning! This video is not for small children to view, but absolutely appropriate for adults.
As parents, we can no longer afford to have our heads buried in the sand because of this secret issue. Christians need to start confessing one to another regarding their use of this filth. It starts with being honest about our sins and temptations, whether you are a pastor or a layperson. Whether you are a child or an adult. Whether you are a man or woman. Satan is using pornography to try to render the Church ineffective. Are we simply going to stand by and watch this happen because it seems too great a battle to fight or we are simply too embarrassed to talk about how it has effected us? Our God is so much bigger than that! We can trample on the face of Satan when we start being honest with one another and then take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
You can think you have self control over this issue, but that will bite you in the end. We need to be swallowing our pride and asking for accountability from one another, no matter how strong you might think you are. That is what the Church is for! Lets render Satan ineffective and let God begin to do the work through us that He destined for us to do as He was knitting us together in our mother's wombs. Wake up Church! If this issue hasn't already effected you, I can promise you it will in the future. You will be touched by it, whether it be in your own family or your close friends. How are you going to prepare and protect yourself and your loved ones?
1. Pray God will reveal anything that has already happened or is happening. Again, go to Josh McDowell's website for signs of addiction and resources that bring hope.
2. Make yourself accountable to someone who is not your spouse. Seek that safe person out!
3. Get an internet filter (we use Safe Eyes)
4. For more info on ways you can protect your family you can visit my sister's blog and read her post about "18 Ways You Can Be Proactive About Protecting Your Child From Porn"
My passion for this issue is growing! I'm praying revival for the Church that is predicted to happen after the huge "falling away". That revival will be yet another sign that Jesus is close to returning for His people.
"Come, Lord Jesus! Please come quickly and rescue Your people from our own self-destruction as well as the destruction imposed upon us by others! Send us the revival You promised us in Your Word. Let us not just be hearers of the Word but doers!
In Your Mighty and Sovereign Name,