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1 PORNOGRAPHY Hard-Core Sin 1 Peter 2:9, 11-12 Hard-Core Sin 1 Peter 2:9, 11-12

2 2 Epidemic of Pornography A Christian must… A Christian must… Abstain from every form of evil, 1 Ths. 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil, 1 Ths. 5:22 Be holy as God is holy, 1 Pet. 1:15-16 Be holy as God is holy, 1 Pet. 1:15-16 Make “no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” Rom. 13:14 Make “no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” Rom. 13:14 Not take fire into his bosom, Prov. 6:27 Not take fire into his bosom, Prov. 6:27 Set nothing wicked before his eyes, Psa. 101:3 Set nothing wicked before his eyes, Psa. 101:3

3 3 Effects of Pornography Spiritual death (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 5:21) Spiritual death (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 5:21) Degrades society (Prov. 14:34) (women, marriage, sexuality, family, etc.) Degrades society (Prov. 14:34) (women, marriage, sexuality, family, etc.) Trivializes violence and sex crimes Trivializes violence and sex crimes An addictive, self-perpetuating cycle An addictive, self-perpetuating cycle Contaminates the minds and lives of our children, thus perpetuating its evil Contaminates the minds and lives of our children, thus perpetuating its evil

4 4 Defining Pornography Legally: Legally: I may not succeed in defining pornography, “but I know it when I see it.” Justice Potter Stewart (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964) I may not succeed in defining pornography, “but I know it when I see it.” Justice Potter Stewart (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964) 1973: “Community standards” applied to determine obscenity (Miller v. Calif.) 1973: “Community standards” applied to determine obscenity (Miller v. Calif.)

5 5 Defining Pornography Practically: Practically: Pornography is “predominantly sexually explicit and intended primarily for the purpose of sexual arousal.” Pornography is “predominantly sexually explicit and intended primarily for the purpose of sexual arousal.” (Final Report of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, p. 8) “Sexually explicit pictures, writing or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.” (illusionsprogram.net) “Sexually explicit pictures, writing or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.” (illusionsprogram.net)

6 6 Defining Pornography Biblically: Biblically: Pornographic images contain, depict and promote fornication Pornographic images contain, depict and promote fornication Viewing pornography contributes to further lust, lewdness, fornication and violence Viewing pornography contributes to further lust, lewdness, fornication and violence

7 7 Defining Pornography Biblically: Biblically: Derived from porneia (fornication), Matt. 15:19; Rom. 1:29 Derived from porneia (fornication), Matt. 15:19; Rom. 1:29 porneuo: to commit fornication (1 Cor. 6:18) porneuo: to commit fornication (1 Cor. 6:18) pornos: whoremonger, harlot (Eph. 5:5) pornos: whoremonger, harlot (Eph. 5:5)

8 8 Defining Pornography Biblically: Biblically: Proceeds from heart (Matt. 15:19) Proceeds from heart (Matt. 15:19) Linked with “all unrighteousness” and “wickedness” (Rom. 1:29) Linked with “all unrighteousness” and “wickedness” (Rom. 1:29) The body is not for it (1 Cor. 6:13) The body is not for it (1 Cor. 6:13)

9 9 Defining Pornography Biblically: Biblically: Flee from it (1 Cor. 6:18) Flee from it (1 Cor. 6:18) Not to be named among saints (Eph. 5:3) Not to be named among saints (Eph. 5:3) Abstain from it (1 Ths. 4:3) Abstain from it (1 Ths. 4:3) Repent of it (2 Cor. 12:21) Repent of it (2 Cor. 12:21)

10 10 Pornography Fuels, Feeds and Foments Evil Lusts Lust of flesh and eyes, 1 Jno. 2:16 (2 Pet. 2:14) Lust of flesh and eyes, 1 Jno. 2:16 (2 Pet. 2:14) Enticement to sin, Jas. 1:14-16 Enticement to sin, Jas. 1:14-16 Emboldens acts of fornication, uncleanness, passion and evil desire, Colossians 3:5 Emboldens acts of fornication, uncleanness, passion and evil desire, Colossians 3:5

11 11 Pornography Fuels, Feeds and Foments Evil Lusts Gives occasion for lustful sins, Matt. 5:28-29 Gives occasion for lustful sins, Matt. 5:28-29 Traits of pornography, 2 Cor. 12:21 Traits of pornography, 2 Cor. 12:21 Uncleanness: impurity of lustful living (slaves of uncleanness, Rom. 6:19) Uncleanness: impurity of lustful living (slaves of uncleanness, Rom. 6:19) Fornication: sexual immorality Fornication: sexual immorality Lewdness: lasciviousness, unbridled lust, excess…shamelessness (Rom. 13:13) Lewdness: lasciviousness, unbridled lust, excess…shamelessness (Rom. 13:13)

12 12 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Alarming Growth 1967: Total retail of all hard-core in U.S. no more than $10 million (perhaps < $5 mil.) 1967: Total retail of all hard-core in U.S. no more than $10 million (perhaps < $5 mil.) 1996: Americans spent $8 billion 1996: Americans spent $8 billion 1985-1996: Growth from 75 to 665 million hard-core video rentals per year 1985-1996: Growth from 75 to 665 million hard-core video rentals per year 2006: 957 million video sales and rentals 2006: 957 million video sales and rentals

13 13 Pornography Time Statistics Every second $3,075.64 is spent on pornography Every second 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography Every second 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines Every 39 minutes A new pornographic video is being created in the United States 13

14 14 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Appalling Acceptability Increasingly respectable Increasingly respectable “Soft-porn” on cable and satellite TV “Soft-porn” on cable and satellite TV Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Cosmopolitan Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Cosmopolitan Victoria’s Secret “fashion shows” Victoria’s Secret “fashion shows” Big business Big business 2006: Total U.S. revenue - $13.3 billion 2006: Total U.S. revenue - $13.3 billion 2006: Worldwide - $57 billion 2006: Worldwide - $57 billion

15 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Appalling Acceptability Terminology (“soft porn”) Terminology (“soft porn”) Adult film (victimless crime) Adult film (victimless crime) “I call it adult entertainment, not porn, because we’re not sleazy guys walking around selling chicks. I mean, in one sense we are, but we’re not in there watching it go on, we’re not watching the girls.” (Andrew Strauss purveyor of pornography)

16 16 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Appalling Acceptability Viewed positively in marriage Viewed positively in marriage “Has pornography affected your sex life?” Of the 50 percent of those surveyed that said pornography has affected their sex lives, 72 percent said it has been in a positive way. “Has pornography affected your sex life?” Of the 50 percent of those surveyed that said pornography has affected their sex lives, 72 percent said it has been in a positive way. (Oprah.com sex survey)

17 17 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Types of Pornography Adult magazines Adult magazines More Playboy and Penthouse circulated than Time and Newsweek More Playboy and Penthouse circulated than Time and Newsweek Videos Videos 2006: 957 million rentals 2006: 957 million rentals 1997: 25,000 hard-core video stores 1997: 25,000 hard-core video stores Hotel pay-per-view (hundreds of millions) Hotel pay-per-view (hundreds of millions)

18 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Types of Pornography Movies and Television Movies and Television About 900 theaters show porn films About 900 theaters show porn films Movie ratings have softened Movie ratings have softened Internet Internet No longer the “dirty little secret” No longer the “dirty little secret” Estimated 372 million porn web pages Estimated 372 million porn web pages 89% produced in U.S. (260 new sites/day) 89% produced in U.S. (260 new sites/day)

19 19 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Types of Pornography Internet Internet 12% of all websites are pornographic 12% of all websites are pornographic 25% of all search engine requests 25% of all search engine requests 35% of all downloads are pornographic 35% of all downloads are pornographic Every minute about 1.7 million Internet users are viewing pornography Every minute about 1.7 million Internet users are viewing pornography

20 20 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Types of Pornography Internet Internet U.S. revenue in 2006 was $2.84 billion U.S. revenue in 2006 was $2.84 billion 72% Internet porn users are men 72% Internet porn users are men 70% porn traffic occurs during 9-5 workday 70% porn traffic occurs during 9-5 workday

21 21 Presence and Growth of Pornography in America Things are Getting Worse! About Internet pornography: About Internet pornography: “Some of the stuff on there, I mean, I wouldn’t even publish it.” (Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler ) “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Tim. 3:13)

22 22 Why does it Exist? Refusal to respect God and one’s fellow man, Rom. 1:21-29; Matt. 7:12; 22:37-39 Refusal to respect God and one’s fellow man, Rom. 1:21-29; Matt. 7:12; 22:37-39 Money. Porn is a commodity in demand, and many are getting rich at the moral expense of our nation, 1 Timothy 6:10 Money. Porn is a commodity in demand, and many are getting rich at the moral expense of our nation, 1 Timothy 6:10 Lust: 2000 university study claimed at least 200,000 Americans are addicted to e-porn (“A Lust for Profits”, 42) 1 John 2:16 Lust: 2000 university study claimed at least 200,000 Americans are addicted to e-porn (“A Lust for Profits”, 42) 1 John 2:16

23 23 Why does it Exist? Entertainment. Seeking to “escape the real world,” they plunge themselves into the bondage of sin, 2 Peter 2:19 Entertainment. Seeking to “escape the real world,” they plunge themselves into the bondage of sin, 2 Peter 2:19 Previous sexual abuse. “It is believed that 70% of women involved in pornography are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse.” Previous sexual abuse. “It is believed that 70% of women involved in pornography are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse.” “Quick Facts About Pornography” http://www.unh.edu/sharpp/stats_facts_folder/pornography.htm

24 24 Where does it Exist? Mainstream media (movies, television, magazines, books) Mainstream media (movies, television, magazines, books) Advertising. cf. Fashion magazines, men’s magazines, billboards, etc. Advertising. cf. Fashion magazines, men’s magazines, billboards, etc. Hotel rooms. Pay-per-view porn movies (several $100 millions per year) Hotel rooms. Pay-per-view porn movies (several $100 millions per year) The Internet. The Internet. Chat rooms, YouTube.com, websites Chat rooms, YouTube.com, websites

25 25 Where does it Exist? Cell phones. Teenagers e-mailing photos Cell phones. Teenagers e-mailing photos In your home? Psalm 101:2-4 In your home? Psalm 101:2-4 On your computer On your computer On your TV (cable, movie channels, PPV) On your TV (cable, movie channels, PPV) In magazines, catalogs, books In magazines, catalogs, books Monitor your children and yourself! Monitor your children and yourself! Cannot hide sin from God! Num. 32:23; Heb. 4:13 Cannot hide sin from God! Num. 32:23; Heb. 4:13

26 26 Remedy for and Protection Against Pornography Prov. 4:23 Purify your heart, Jas. 4:7-8; Phil. 4:8 Purify your heart, Jas. 4:7-8; Phil. 4:8 Make a covenant with eyes, Job 31:1 Make a covenant with eyes, Job 31:1 cf. King David, 2 Sam. 11:2; Matt. 5:28 cf. King David, 2 Sam. 11:2; Matt. 5:28 Set nothing wicked before your eyes, Psa. 101:3 (Rom. 13:14) Set nothing wicked before your eyes, Psa. 101:3 (Rom. 13:14) Teach your children God’s will about sex (Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5) Teach your children God’s will about sex (Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5)

27 27 Remedy for and Protection Against Pornography Prov. 4:23 The cycle of lust, enticement, sin and death can be broken! 2 Cor. 6:17-7:1 The cycle of lust, enticement, sin and death can be broken! 2 Cor. 6:17-7:1 Repent & sever contact, Matt. 5:29-30 Repent & sever contact, Matt. 5:29-30 Use prayer, Jas. 5:13 (Phil. 4:6-7) Use prayer, Jas. 5:13 (Phil. 4:6-7) Meditate on God’s word, Psa. 1:1-2 Meditate on God’s word, Psa. 1:1-2 Heed conscience, 1 Tim. 4:2; Eph. 4:19 Heed conscience, 1 Tim. 4:2; Eph. 4:19 Obey God’s truth, Matt. 7:21 Obey God’s truth, Matt. 7:21

28 28 Live soberly, righteously and godly For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age… (Titus 2:11-12)

29 29 Abstain from lusts, live honorably and do good works Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12)

30 30 Set your mind on things above If then you were raised with Christ, Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your Life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

31 31 Repentance and Forgiveness is Possible! …and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced. 2 Corinthians 12:21 2 Corinthians 12:21


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