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How Common Is Porn in the Church?

“Porn doesn’t have a demographic—it goes across all demographics.” – Paul Fishbein, founder of Adult Video News

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Porn is a human problem. It is not just a man problem. It is not just a teen problem. It is not just a problem “out there.” Porn impacts all types of people—Christians and non-Christians—for two basic reasons.

  • First, porn is everywhere. It can be accessed easily, sometimes without intentionally looking for it, thanks to the ubiquity of high speed Internet connections, smartphones, and wi-fi.
  • Second, people are sinful. Attraction to porn goes across all demographics, and for many of us, it is a style of sinful pleasure that easily ensnares us.

Porn by the Numbers

Let’s bring this a little closer to home. What do the studies say about pornography?

  • 1 in 8 of all Internet searches are for erotic content.
  • More than 1 in 5 searches on mobile devices are for pornography.
  • 56% of divorce cases involve one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.
  • 51% of men and 32% of women first viewed pornography before their teenage years.
  • By the age of 18, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to pornography.
  • By the age of 18, nearly 7 in 10 boys and a quarter of girls have spent at least 30 consecutive minutes viewing Internet pornography on at least one occasion, and 35% of boys have done so on more than 10 occasions.
  • By the age of 18, 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
  • 64% of college men and 18% of college women spend time online for Internet sex every week.

Porn in the Church

And as far as the church is concerned…

  • According to a General Social Survey, those self-identified as “fundamentalists” are 91% more likely to look at porn than the average person.
  • According to an Internet survey, 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women would describe themselves as “addicted” to pornography.

Is Porn in Your Family?

I talk to pastors all over the country, and I hear the same stories regarding porn in the church:

One day mom picks up her iPad and finds evidence that her 9-year-old son has been looking up pictures of naked women; as she searches the history, she finds very graphic sexual videos.

She now knows her son has been introduced to group sex before he even had a proper birds-and-the-bees conversation.

One day a dad finds evidence that his teenage daughter has been sending sexual images of herself to people she’s met online. Upon further investigation, he finds out she’s been watching pornographic videos and engaging in erotic chats.

He now knows that his shy little girl has become someone else’s pornography.

One night a wife wakes up to find her husband’s side of the bed empty. She tiptoes down the hall to find her husband in the den with his laptop. He quickly closes the computer, but upon further questioning, fesses up to looking at porn.

What unravels over the next several weeks and months is more disclosures, more frightening discoveries, and a massive sense of betrayal.

No family is immune. We must all prepare ourselves and our families.

The Good News

This multi-billion-dollar industry has planted its flag everywhere, but the good news is that God is bigger.

  • God has given us His inspired word to help us understand godly sexuality and how it is far better than the alluring lies of porn.
  • God has given us His Spirit to empower us to live different lives.
  • God has promised to give wisdom to parents who need to know how to guide their children in this sexualized world.
  • God has given us His Body, the church, as a haven of hope, healing, teaching, training, and compassion.
  • God has given us His Son, whose death has covered even our most vile sins. We can come to God as we are, no matter what our past is, and know that God counts us as His sons and daughters.

God grace is always bigger than our biggest sins.

And when we find ourselves, or someone we love, stuck in the mire of sin, getting help can actually be pretty simple. There are even many resources available for free.

Did any of these statistics surprise you?

About Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson is the Community Manager at Covenant Eyes, helping to educate individuals and family about how to stay safe online. He and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com.

Comments

  1. These “statistics” don’t surprise me because they aren’t really statistics at all. If you want to have credibility, you need to site your sources and you need to be more careful of your language. An internet survey cannot show what 20% of Christian women do, because the sample taking the survey are not a representative sample. It would be more accurate to say that “of those taking an internet survey who identified as Christian women, 20% of them say they are addicted to porn.” The number of self-identified Christian women in this survey could be 10, or it could be 1000, or 10,000. Regardless of that number, it is still not going to be representative of all Christian women because the only women who could participate are women who use computers and the internet, which eliminates many older Christian women. Additionally, of the remaining Christian women who use the internet, how many are going to find and participate in a survey about pornography use? Viewing or being addicted to pornography may be a problem, but it is not as large a problem as you are making it sound. I wonder what percentage of Christian women gossip or lie? Isn’t that a bigger problem in the church today?

    • That should say “cite” your sources, not “site”. Oops.

    • HI Terri,

      I probably should have included a link to my sources. I apologize. I am drawing this entirely from my research done for Covenant Eyes. You can find my report here:
      http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornography-facts-and-statistics/

      All the original sources are cited in that paper.

      Perhaps I should have been clearer, but of course, the Internet survey that found the 20% statistic only included those women who took the survey. The fact remains there have been no studies that have ever done a decent job getting a cross section of the church—men or women. We have only a handful of evidentiary pieces. The survey in question involved 1000 people, but this is in no way a good representative sample (which is exactly why I didn’t try to state that this is representative of “all” the church).

      Perhaps one of the best sources I’ve found is a survey done by Michael Leahy over a 7 year period on 150 college campuses. He surveyed about 29,000 students in that time, and found that 18% of women say they spend time every week online for sexual purposes. These surveys are being used by universities now as representative of young women today.

      In your reading, have you found statistics that might give a sense of the size of the issue among Christian women?

  2. Benintendi Steve says:

    Would you be able to give me the information so I can find that survey. I work with porn addiction and would like to get this survey.

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