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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH
Jesus said, “But I say to you, whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has already
committed fornication in his heart,” Matthew 5:28.
Welcome to our study of the truth about pornography. Pornography is a serious
problem that we have to face today. With the advent of the Internet, and all the media
tools that are out there one can very easily access pornography. What does God's word
have the say about the Christian and the viewing of pornography?
Pornography is indeed a serious problem today. A host of marriages every year
are broken up because of pornography. One spouse may get involved with someone
online, look at pictures online, lose interest in their partner, and problems begin to arise.
Every year marriages are broken up because of pornography. Pornography is a serious
problem because if your home is like most in United States of America, where Internet
or TV comes into it, pornography infiltrates and has the ability to destroy the moral fiber
of the home. It's hard to watch television without some form of pornography being
shown. If you open up your computer, even if you're casually looking at your email or
things that are good in and of themselves, you have to be careful because pornography
can pop up and you may not even want it to. Thirdly, pornography is even becoming a
problem for computers at churches and universities. They’re having to spend thousands
of dollars to protect their computers from getting caught up in the porn industry.
First we want to let this be defined from Scripture. The Greek word for
pornography is the word porneia. Porneia literally means, Matthew 19:9, fornication or
adultery, and it means illicit sexual activity. Illicit means something that is not licensed or
allowed. What type of sexual activity does God condone? Only one, Hebrews 13:4,
“Marriage is honorable, the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will
judge.” Pornography, the idea of illicit sexual activity, is any type that occurs outside of
the marriage relationship.
Pornography, deals more with sins of the mind, of viewing materials or seeing
materials, or maybe some type of over the phone activity. Pornography is a combination
of two Greek words it’s the word porneia, for illicit sexual activity, and it’s the word
graphos, which means to write. It is the writing, printing, or making of movies related to
elicit or unauthorized sexual activity. Are there different types of pornography today?
There are there different variations of it. There's what we think of as maybe hard porn
like triple-x videos, porn websites, magazines like Hustler or Playboy; hard porn is out
there blatant in-your-face. Then there's soft porn, not softer in the sense it is not wrong,
but it’s not viewed the same by society. For example, Abercrombie and Fitch catalog is
fraught full of pornography, the viewing of the illicit activity or things of that nature, that
catalog is full of illicit pictures, maybe even a Walmart flyer with women in their
underclothes, or romance novels, or television and its commercials, where one can view
or read or their imagination is prompted to look in that way.
The pornography industry is a money generated industry. I suspect you'll be
surprised how much money pornography actually generates as an industry. Did you
know the revenue from pornography is larger than the revenues of all professional
football, baseball, and basketball franchises combined? It exceeds the combined
revenue of ABC, CBS, and NBC. Sadly child pornography generates 3 billion annually,
and the whole industry generates $12 billion annually. It is indeed a money making
industry. Nearly 900 theaters in United States of America show pornographic films, and
there are more than 15 thousand adult bookstores and video stores that offer
pornographic material. How does that relate to something that I can understand? Adult
bookstores outnumber McDonald's in United States of America by margin of three to
one. Is it a money making industry? You bet it is. Is it a serious problem that we have to
For every child of God it indeed is, and this is something we need to be
concerned about because pornography is shown to deteriorate and to cause problems
with morality. There are many areas that show the association between pornography,
and heinous sexual sins such as rape. Michigan State police Detective Darrell Powe
found that of the 38,000 sexual assault cases in Michigan between 1956 and 1979 in
41% of those cases, pornographic material was viewed just prior to or during the crime.
What was it that led them to want to act that out? Seeing it, viewing it, and wanting that
and taking what was on the page and trying to make it reality often leads to those
problems. Sherry Hite found that 67% of males who admitted that they had wanted to
rape a woman reported reading pornographic magazines. Sociologists Murray Straus
and Larry Baron of the University of New Hampshire found that rape rates are highest in
states which have sales of sex magazines and lax enforcement of pornography laws.
Do you see the correlation there? 86% of convicted rapists admit to regular use of porn
and 75% of rapists admit to simulating acts they viewed in pornography. Is pornography
something that is good for the moral fiber of our society? Absolutely not.
Did you know that pornography is actually linked to other violent crimes as well?
81% of recent mass murderers admit to using pornography extensively. They had a
mind that was devoid of truth; they were filling that with ungodly things, including
pornography. The crime rate increases two the seven times wherever pornography is
sold. Now friend, you just think about that. You bring in an adult bookstore; you bring in
a pornographic theater, what’s going to happen to crime rate? You've got people going
over there, viewing that, and being attracted to that. You don't want that in your
community. Dr. James Dobson actually interviewed Ted Bundy, one of the nation's most
notorious serial killers. On the day before his execution, Ted Bundy said that the most
damaging kinds of pornography are those that involve violence and sexual violence,
because the wedding of those two forces he said as I know only too well bring about
behavior that is just, just too terrible to describe. When you got violence and
pornography and sexual ideas involved and in many of those you do. You're going to
have problems like Mr. Bundy himself had.
Why should a Christian abstain from pornography? Not only does it deteriorate
one's morality, it pollutes the mind. Think again about the words of Jesus. Jesus said in
Matthew 5:28, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed
adultery with her in his heart.” It makes my mind unholy. You see, I am to let holiness
strive to live in my life, “Without holiness no one can see God,” Hebrews 12:14. Be holy
as He who called you is holy, and yet when one is putting in pornography, viewing
pornography, watching it reading about it, our mind is not what it ought to be. The Bible
says in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” My mind, my heart that
becomes what I live and what I act out and what I think about. If I'm putting ungodly
things in my mind, it's going to pollute and degrade one's mind.
Pornography has the ability to lead to lying and dishonesty. Revelation 21:8 the
Bible says, “All liars will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.”
What about those who look at pornography? Is that something they’d like to put on the
front page of paper? Is that something they’d like put on an application? Or is it
something that would lie and deceive about and try to not let others know about? It
leads to lying and dishonesty and other things. It's directly related to secrecy and things
done in shame and darkness, John 3:19. That is of the devil, that's of sin, and that is not
something that a Christian ought to be involved in.
Once you begin to look at pornography that affects your mind in a very evil and
dark way. Realize that pornography, as we mentioned, has the ability to destroy and
break down marriages. At the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of matrimonial
lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a
significant role in divorces in the past year. I can think of marriages, you can think of
marriages where, one spouse got to doing something on the Internet, looking at
something, talking to somebody, viewing pictures of someone, and before you know it
the marriage is busted up. Pornography has the ability to destroy marriages and homes.
A study done by Dolf Zillman of the University of Indiana and Jennings Bryant of the
University of Houston revealed that repeat exposure to pornography results in a
decreased satisfaction with one's sexual partner, with the partner’s sexuality and with
the partner’s sexual curiosity. There was a decrease in the valuation of faithfulness and
a major increase in the importance of sex without attachment. What did all that study
show? Nothing amazing, it's just that once you begin to look at that you are less
satisfied with your partner, and more satisfied with just sex for sex’s sake. Realize that
does great harm to the home.
The Bible teaches that married couples should be satisfied with one another.
Proverbs 5:19-20, the Bible says, “As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts
satisfy you at all times; always be enraptured with her love. For why should you, my
son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, and be embraced in the arms of a
seductress?” God created marriage to be holy and right and for two married people be
satisfied with one another, to be enraptured with one another, to have that relationship.
Pornography is destined to break it down. Hebrews 13:4 again says, “Marriage is
honorable the bed undefiled, whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
Pornography has the ability to destroy marriages because it creates a lack of trust.
I'm to love my spouse; I'm to love her as myself; I'm to put her thoughts and
ideas her ways above my ways; I'm to look out for her interest not just my own,
Ephesians 5:22-31. When somebody begins to view pornographic material, when they
find out that happens, let's say one spouse finds out that the other's been looking at
pornography, how's that going to affect the marriage? They’re going to have problems
with trust. You're going to be thinking to yourself if it's pornography now, what's it going
to be later? If they're looking at these images and thinking these thoughts, what if the
opportunity arose where they could fulfill those? It’s a problem that creates trust issues
in the marriage, and it does cause one to stray mentally. “Anyone who looks on a
woman to lust after her,” Jesus said, “has already committed adultery with her in his
heart. Is Jesus saying that's grounds for divorce? That's not even the idea. No more
than hating your brother is actually murder, but you've departed where it counts, in your
mind and in your heart you've already began to stray.
Pornography is a terrible, terrible threat to our children. 82% of child molesters
admit to imitating the sexual behavior they've seen in pornographic material. Do you see
the connection there? Not only that, of the 1400 child sexual molestation cases in
Louisville, Kentucky between July 1980 and July 1984, adult pornography was
connected with each incident and child pornography with the majority of them. The
average age of first exposure to Internet porn now, is anywhere between nine and
eleven years old. If you don't think your children aren't being threatened by
pornography, you need to wake up. It is a very serious problem, if you've got a tablet, if
you've got an iPad, if your child has a phone that can access the Internet, if you've got
access to the Internet period your children are indeed threatened by pornography. In
fact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed in a June 2005
study that 40% of arrested child molesters, child pornography possessors had both
victimized children and were in possession of child pornography. We must realize this is
indeed a very serious problem that every child of God has to deal with. Let's realize our
children are at threat. Our children are being taken advantage by this industry and we
must not let that happen to them.
We need to realize that children ought to be able to keep their innocence, 18 and
Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them,
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Children are to be viewed as is innocent and
pure, ought to be able to enjoy that life without having these kinds of threats up against
Realize that pornography has the tendency to lead to sexual promiscuity later. 2
Timothy 2:22, “Flee youthful lusts.” 1 Peter 2:11, “Abstain from fleshly lust which war
against the soul.” When a young person begins to view that action on the Internet, or in
a book it makes them want to act that out, and it can lead to, if the opportunity arises,
them to fulfill that later in life. Of course there are many other mental health and
psychological disorders that are associated with this.
Why else should a Christian abstain from pornography? Realize that
pornography has the ability to erode one's self-control. Listen to 1 Corinthians 6:12,
Paul said, “I will not be brought under the power of any.” What's Paul getting at? He's
not going to let anything rule his life except Christ. One who is addicted, it is an
addiction. I've known people; you've known people, who were addicted to viewing
pornography. It has the ability to erode our self-control, if I've got to do immoral, ungodly
things to go view those things, or to bring that into my mind, I don't have the self-control
I ought to have. Here's what the Bible says we should do, “Bring every thought into
captivity, to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Can someone who's viewing
pornography really fulfill that verse? Is every thought under the obedience of Christ?
Romans 13:14, the Bible says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust.” “Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the
soul,” 1 Peter 2:11. “The fruit of the spirit is self-control, Galatians 5:22-24.
Pornography is indeed a violation of God's law because it violates God's purity principle.
Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Can you look at and view pornography
and think about those actions in your mind and really be pure in heart? 1 Timothy 5:22,
the Bible says, “Keep yourself pure.” Are you really keeping yourself pure if you're
involved in pornography? Psalm 24:3-4 asks this question, “Who may ascend into the
hill of the Lord?” or, “Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a
pure heart.” Are we really living pure lives, right lives, lives that are honorable in the
sight of God if we're taking those images and thoughts into our mind and our
imagination runs wild with it? Surely not.
There are preventative measures that parents and individuals can take against a
pornography problem. What do you do to prevent a problem with pornography? First of
all don't open Pandora's Box even one time. Don't go there, don't think about it, turn
your mind away from it, if the opportunity exists resist it, and just don't go there. Second,
you’ve got to realize this is sinful action that has the ability to cost me my soul. If Jesus
said you've already committed adultery in your heart, and adultery in the heart would be
contrary to the will of God, I've got a realize pornography is a sin. It is a violation of
God's law, it is something that will send me to hell if I don't change my ways. I must
realize the serious nature of that.
We offer this advice, and it is counter to most you would hear today, but we
would suggest not watching most TV that exists today. Most of our TV that is on today,
we're talking about major network shows and programs and movies. Most of it is going
to contain material that will not help one's mind to be pure and holy and right. Are we
saying everything in that area is wrong? That's not what we're saying, but you know
exactly what we’re talking about on the sitcoms and television shows and movies and
just imagine that the daytime soap opera shows, how immoral and ungodly they are.
Can a Christian look at that without thinking about some of the immoral ungodly things
that he should not to think about? According to Sex on TV 4, a Kaiser Family
Foundation, did you know that the number of television sexual scenes has almost
doubled since 1998? 70% of all shows have some sexual content averaging five sexual
scenes per hour compared to 56% and three scenes per hour in 1998? Surely it's only
gotten worse even more recently. I'm going to be bombarded with it the more I watch
How do you deal with a pornography problem? Let's say somebody does view
porn. You’ve got to come to terms with it and realize I do have a problem. You need to
pray about that problem, James 5:16. You need to learn to put your mind to thinking
about good and holy and upright things. The Bible teaches that Christians are to deny
the flesh and its lust and really we've got to seek help and accountability from those
If you have Internet a pornography filter is a must. Having a computer without a
pornography filter is dangerous in the home and those filters are free of charge. You
can go on the Internet and you can find porn blocking filters that will block that in real
time, you can download onto your computer, and it won't allow sites to come up if it has
ratings that are immoral. If it views that or has viewed that, and someone searches the
web, you can put those in your computer and make sure that your children are indeed
protected from those things.
As Christians let's realize this is immoral, this is ungodly. Pornography is not just
something that is a part of our culture, it's contrary to this book, it's contrary to holy
living, it's contrary to purity of mind, and it's contrary to God's sanctity of marriage.
Maybe you've been involved in a pornography problem and maybe that's affected your
It's never too late to make that right if you're a child of God; you must but repent
of that and ask for forgiveness and pray to God. If you're not a Christian, why not
become one? Hear the word, believe in Jesus, repent of your sins, and be immersed in
water, and then put good things in your mind so that you can glorify and honor God all
the days of your life.
Study Questions for: “Truth Series: Pornography”
1. According to Matthew 5:28, if you lust after someone what have you
committed in your heart?
2. According to Hebrews 13:4, what kind of sexual activity does God
3. What must we have to see God according to Hebrews 12:14?
4. According to Proverbs 23:7, what is the result of think ungodly things?
5. What does Revelation 21:8 tell us about lying?
6. What does John 3:19 tell us about things done in darkness?
7. How does Ephesians 5:22-31 tell us to love our spouses?
8. According to 2 Timothy 2:22, what should we flee from?
9. What should we abstain from according to 1 Peter 2:11?
10. According to 2 Corinthians 10:5, what are we to do with our thoughts?