LET’S TALK ABOUT PART 2: PORN


Results from a survey conducted by Barna group in 2016 showed that 76% of 18-24 year

old Christians are watching pornography. This alarmingly high number suggests that we

are not talking about it enough. Watching pornography comes secrecy, guilt, shame

and strong feelings of condemnation and these emotions can stop us from talking about

it within the church or with a fellow Christian.

Pornography is any printed or visual material that contains the explicit description or

display of sexual organs or activity intended to arouse or incite sexual excitement. This

includes but not limited to; pictures of a naked person, videos and movies with explicit

sexual content and erotic books.

Most of the time the desire to watch porn is grounded in a need for something greater;

love and acceptance. It may give momentary pleasure but negative emotions always

follow and somehow, it will never be enough; the urges get stronger every time. You may

watch porn because you are bored or feeling lonely and there is also that ever present

fear of missing out on what others your age might be ‘enjoying’. Porn addiction can also

happen as a result of abuse. An individual who has been sexually abused from a young

age may seek validation through sex and this can cause other problems that might affect

them throughout their life if they do not seek help.


Why is watching pornography a bad thing? Matthew 5:28 tells us that if we even look at a

woman lustfully (looking with strong sexual desire) we have already committed adultery

in our hearts. Each and every one of us is made in the image of God (Gen 1:27) and whilst

we are sexual beings, we are not to be used as sexual objects to satisfy anyone that we

are not married to. Every naked person that appears in pornographic images or videos

was created by God just like you and they deserve to be treated as such. Secondly, as

we are made in his image, God calls us to be pure and holy like him. Everything we do

should be for the glory of our creator (1 Cor 10:31) and watching porn does not glorify

God. As we discussed earlier, watching pornography comes secrecy, guilt, shame

and condemnation and these feelings can get in the way of our spiritual life and growth.

The more guilt we feel, the less likely we are to not pray, worship, read the word or be

around other believers. This can leave us in isolation thinking there is nowhere to turn to

for help. Another reason why porn is bad is that it distorts the view of sex in our minds.

spouse or God. Lastly, watching porn is bad because it WILL lead to more sin, such as

read, wanting to try out fetish and other obscene practices that might not honour our

spouse or God. Lastly, watching porn is bad because it WILL lead into more sin, such as

masturbation, sex before marriage and possibly infidelity (James 1:14-15).


If you have been struggling with pornography there is a number of things you can do to

stop. One of the best ways to kill sexual sin is to expose it. Find a person who is

grounded in the word of God, someone you can trust. Share your struggles with them, allow

them to pray with you and hold you accountable (Proverb 11:13-14). Reduce the number

of hours you spend on the internet and set healthy boundaries around how late you stay

professional help by speaking to a counsellor. Finally, on our own, we can do nothing but

with Jesus, we can all things. We read in 1 John 5:3-4 that it is our faith that gives us

victory over the evil in our world and this includes sexual sin. It is our faith that allows us

to please God and live righteous lives. Therefore I urge you to wholeheartedly devote

yourself to loving Jesus. In him, you will find freedom.


By Claud Jaiyeola


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