Hooked on Internet Pornography

Mr. Timothy Snyder, Director of Media Services, Christian Life Resources


He’s a respected member of the community, a successful businessman, a loving husband, and a devoted father. Hes a model citizen who hides a dark secret. In the dead of night he goes to his den to work at the computer. There, behind closed doors, he feeds his addiction. This man is one of at least two million Internet users who are hooked on Internet pornography. As many as ten percent of these addicts will spend over eleven hours a week surfing the Web for pornographic content (National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, October 19, 2000).

Pornography is addictive, and the Internet makes it readily accessible. The following statistics are indicators of how serious this problem really is:

  • Its estimated that 40 million Americans are sexually involved with the Internet (Christian Broadcasting Network, 2004).
  • Three million hits on adult websites in September 2000 were by visitors aged 17 or younger (Business Wire, December 19, 2000).
  • Every day there are 2.5 billion pornographic e-mails (Family Safe Media, 2003).
  • 25 percent of all search engine requests are related to pornography (www.healthymind.com, 2004)
  • The revenue generated by sex sites on the Web is at least $1 billion per year (New York Times, October 23, 2000).
  • Each year 72 million Internet users visit pornographic sites (www.internetfilterreview.com, 2003).
  • 21 percent of teens say they have looked at things on the Internet they dont want their parents to know about (Newsweek, May 8, 2000).

The Bible warns about sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 6, verses 18 through 20:

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

Internet pornography destroys careers, wrecks marriages, and ruins families. The most frightening aspect of all is it leads away from our Savior. In fact, the object of the addiction, in this case pornography, takes the place of God. It is a form of idolatry.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15,16)

According to Dr. John Johnson, Administrator for Ministry Support Services at Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service, pornographic images trigger some very powerful neuro-chemicals in the brain, and a person can become addicted very quickly. No one is immune to it. Like any addiction, it takes away from other things in life and a persons entire focus becomes sex.

Dr. Johnson points to Hebrews chapter 12, verses one and two, as a Scriptural one-two punch when it comes to fighting addiction:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The recovery process for someone with a pornography addiction is a 12-step process similar to what is used with other addictions. Dr. Johnson shared these tips that can help with recovery and prevention:

  • Get into Gods Word.
  • If you have a computer at work, position it so the screen is plainly visible to anyone who walks by.
  • Get a filter. While no filter is perfect, it can still keep much of the pornography from getting through.
  • Put your home computer in a public part of the house where everyone can see it.
  • No more getting up in the middle of the night to work on the computer.
  • Give up cable television.
  • Get into a Christian recovery/accountability group.

Internet pornography addiction is a matter of spiritual life and death. Its a great comfort to know that Jesus paid for all sins, including sins of sexual immorality, when He sacrificed Himself on Calvarys cross.

If you have a problem with pornography, or know someone who does, get help by calling Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service toll-free at 1-888-685-9522 and ask for Christian Family Counseling.


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