I’ve given quite a few presentations based on the concept of “The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About” in the last several months. Most have been to small civic organizations or private healthcare companies, although there have been a few libraries as well. I’m hoping with the fall coming that I’ll be invited to a few colleges.

One area where I put out a ton of feelers but got very little back was the church world. I knew statistics were a little higher than the secular world, but I just attributed that to guilt in self-reporting on most surveys.

The Barna Group, one of the better statistical companies when it comes to pornography and pornography addiction released these church-specific stats not too long ago. It makes me realize that I may not be kept out of churches because of the subject matter, I may be kept out because so many people have an issue.

With things like the Pennsylvania sexual abuse priest scandal just erupting, it seems like churches should be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to the sexual behavior of their flock. Here are just a few statistics:

  • 68% of all church going men view porn regularly
  • 33% of church going females 18-to-24 view porn regularly
  • 76% of male 18- to 24-year-old church goers actively seek out porn regularly
  • 50-to-55% of pastors admit to viewing pornography online
  • Only 9% of church goers in the US and 7% of pastors in the US say they have a program at their church to help those struggling with pornography

 

If your church or organization would like a non-graphic, educational program about pornography addiction (causes, symptoms and ways to deal with it) please CONTACT and let me know.

2 comments

  1. The shame a Christian feels from viewing porn is the reason most churchgoers and pastors want to hide their addiction for fear of condemnation. That’s why ministries like Celebrate Recovery offer a safe place for believers to be open and honest with others who suffer from the same affliction. Like me. Confidential help is available.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this.
    A few years ago, our pastor did a sermon about pornography addiciton. It was so heart wrenching. It was almost like he was talking directly about my marriage. Our pastor had a question seminar after his sermon. Men or women could privately text and ask a question on pornography addiction. Our pastor received so many questions.
    So many of them were from men suffering from porn addiction….
    Just because you are a Christian does not make you free from sinning. This topic should be shared by every church. It should not be brushed under the rug.
    I hope a church will reach out to you Josh. I would hand deliver your book to some churches around your area. Hiding the realization is not going to prevent this problem. Once again, I always wish you the best of luck!!!

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