Do you understand that pornography addiction affects a relationship with God? In Romans 7:18, Paul discusses the struggle between his flesh and the Holy Spirit as well as the grace found in Christ’s redemption by saying, “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Through this comparison, Paul’s illustration echos the struggle that is common among Christian men who are bound by sexual sin.
One of our recent surveys revealed that over half of self-proclaimed Christian men view pornography at least once per month. This statistic is extremely concerning for leaders who wish to help like-minded men through their journey. To help explain why this change is so important, Christian men must understand how it impacts their relationship with their creator.
Here are three ways that pornography affects a man’s relationship with God:
1. Unrepentance impedes your spiritual growth.
Since Christ calls you to be pure and holy (1 Peter 1:16), any secret sin will distract from your spiritual life. This is why a pornography addiction makes it difficult to pray to God, study His word, or experience true fellowship with other believers.
Although it’s easy to rationalize behavior, lustful thoughts are real sins. Because they are hidden, lustful thoughts typically do not receive attention and many don’t believe they are wrong. However, Jesus equates these thoughts with adultery in Matthew 5:27.
2. Secret sin subverts God’s will.
A man who is addicted to pornography cannot claim that he has fully surrendered himself to God’s lordship. As Matthew 6: 24 explains, no man can serve two masters at the same time. Frustration and pain are the result of trying to pursue selfish desires while seeking to love and serve the Lord.
3. Lordship requires surrendering fully to God.
After understanding this, a Christian man should see the journey away from pornography as a way to restore a relationship with God and follow his will. As Romans 12:1-2 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brother, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This is why Proven Men focuses on Christ as the starting point for sexual integrity. This is why we’re looking for lay-leaders to start groups to help these men restore their relationship with God. This is why you should consider the need for Proven Men’s program in your church. Will you join us in this journey?