Sex-Addiction: America’s Most Overlooked & Best Kept Secret
By: Maddie Jomolca (Editor)
When the thought of pornography comes to a person’s mind, one usually thinks of a Playboy magazine and very explicit sexual videos, but pornography goes way beyond those immediate stereotypes and preconceived notions. For a person to really get a grasp on the whole issue, you must look at many other factors that contribute to this controversial topic. You can look at the many reasons why people, women as well as men, are so fascinated by this and what causes them to want more of it, and you can also look at the many consequences that pornography inflicts.
Though few will disagree that this is more a moral and human rights issue than merely a women’s rights issue, many women’s organizations feel that pornography is degrading to women and sets them back to a time when they were looked upon as mere sex objects and nothing more. Others also argue that many violent attacks such as rape and domestic violence are dramatically increased after being exposed to pornography.
Yet, with all of the information and studies conducted on the topic, the waters remain muddled, as to whether or not pornography is right or wrong.
Fiction: Watching porn is okay, and not hurting anyone.
Fact: Pornography is addictive. “The effects of watching porn on the brain are compared to that of a cocaine addiction”
Let’s further explore some very compelling facts, shall we?
“In November 2004, a panel of experts testified before a Senate subcommittee that a product which millions of Americans consume is dangerously addictive. They were talking about pornography.
The effects of porn on the brain were called “toxic” and compared, again to cocaine addiction. One psychologist claimed “prolonged exposure to pornography stimulates a preference for depictions of group sex, sadomasochistic practices, and sexual contact with animals.”
It used to be that if you wanted to see pornography, you had to go out and buy a magazine or rent a video. Store hours and available space under the mattress placed some limits on people’s porn habits.
Now there are an estimated 420 million adult web pages online. “For the person who has difficulty stopping, more is only one click away,” says sex therapist Louanne Cole Weston, PhD.
There’s no doubt that some people’s porn consumption gets them in trouble — in the form of maxed-out credit cards, lost sleep, neglected responsibilities, or neglected loved ones. But Weston is one who takes issue with calling problem behavior involving porn an addiction. “‘Compulsive’ is more appropriate,” she told WebMD.”
The destruction wrought by the porn industry, however, stretches far beyond the lives of the viewer. Its devastation not only trickles down into the lives of loved one, but prevails in the lives of the “porn stars”, most of which (men and women alike) are victims of sexual abuse, violence, and sex trafficking, prostitution, and beyond.
Scripture reminds us that the mind must also be kept clean of immoral thoughts. “Everyone who continually looks at a woman (or man) so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with their in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). Those words apply equally to viewing pornographic images on paper, a screen, or the Internet; to reading accounts of sexual activities; and to listening to suggestive lyrics of songs. Avoiding such material pleases God and has an up building influence on one’s life. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, further affirms that pornography demeans both those who produce it, as well as those who view it.
Pornography, despite some public belief to the contrary, does not “add zing to a relationship”, but instead, has devastating effects on those (regardless of age) who are ensnared by it.
In January of 1999, Craig Gross, a youth pastor in his church, left his job and began what is now a Mega-ministry, Fireproof Ministries, with his best friend, Jake Larson. They, almost immediately began broadcasting “Craig & Jake LIVE”, speaking at youth events and eventually executing their own events throughout the country.
A few years later after learning, ‘hands-on’ how so many young people were devastated by the effects of pornography, they saw a need to create a safe place online where people could get help and truth about this obscure industry and in early 2002 launched xxxchurch.com.
The xxxchurch ministry has since traveled and expanded all over the world. Over 100 million people have visited the website and read about the ministry online, and over one million have downloaded and are using their accountability software, x3watch which includes filtering.
Fireproof ministry has become a launching pad for new projects and ideas. In 2008, they launched “Strip Church”, a ministry that reaches out to people who work in the sex industry primarily in Nevada, and in 2011, they expanded that vision to create the Strip church network which provides training and support for sex industry ministries across the globe.
Whether you or someone you know is trapped in what some call “the lie industry”, help is available via: http://www.fireproofministries.com/
You may view the testimony of the former pornography addict turned x3 team speaker- Brian McGinness on our side panel. (Brian’s testimony is that of a man who viewed pornography for almost two decades all the while barely maintaining his job, marriage and family)
For further assistance and prayer, we urge you to either connect with Fireproof Ministry via the above link contact us (INSPIRED) directly… Healing is but a click away.