I’m sending this to you because I see so many broken lives and these lives are in the church as well as outside of the church. We don’t know what we don’t know and often this type of thing goes unnoticed by those of us who are not exposed to this type of thing.
We were told recently that porn is now epidemic in the Middle Schools of our county. Genesis just recently added to our staff two PhD’s whose doctoral theses dealt with sexual trauma, pornography and sexual addiction. Already we have run out of days for appointments because the need is so great among school children and adults. `
Look at these 2016 statistics and especially the last one. Do the math! 4, 599, 000, 000 hours is equivalent to 191,625,000 days or 525,000 years or 5,250 centuries of porn viewed in just 2016.
11 Porn Industry Stats That Really Need To Change:
- Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter combined each month. (HuffPost)
- 35% of all internet downloads are porn-related. (WebRoot)
- 34% of internet users have been exposed to unwanted porn via ads, pop-ups, etc. (WebRoot)
- Porn increased marital infidelity by 300%. (WebRoot)
- At least 30% of all data transferred across the internet is porn-related. (HuffPost)
- The most common female role in porn is women in their 20’s portraying teenagers. (Jon Millward.) (In 2013, Millward conducted the largest personal research study on the Porn Industry in the U.S. He interviewed 10,000 porn stars about various aspects of the business.)
- Child porn is one of the fastest growing online businesses. (IWF)
- 624,000+ child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S. (Innocent Justice)
- Child porn is a $3 billion industry. (TopTenReviews)
- Porn is a global, $97 billion industry, with $12 billion of that coming from the U.S. (NBC News)
- In 2016 alone, more than 4,599,000,000 hours of porn were watched on the world’s largest porn site. (PH Analytics)
Pornography has the same effect on the brain as heroin (possibly worse). These slides show the effect of porn on the brain. The chemicals that are released while viewing porn are the same as those released when a person is using drugs. The effects are startling.
What can we do? We can pray! Pray for our children! Pray for our fathers, mothers, brothers and sister who are getting sucked into this horrible addiction. It’s called “The New Drug”.
Lamentations 2:19 (AMP) — 19 Arise [from your bed], cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands toward Him for the lives of your young children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street.
Jesus is the answer! Parents, know what your child is viewing on his/her phone, internet or TV. Talk with teachers about school laptops. I was told recently, in Concord, that a parent’s son was exposed to vulgarity on his friends school assigned tablet while in the classroom. Use age appropriate language to discuss these dangers with your children.
We are in a different world than most of us grew up in and it is exponentially changing year by year.
As a church, we pray for our children and families. We pray for parents to have wisdom. Parents, set the right example and don’t expect your child to do less than you are doing yourself. I can’t tell you how many of our clients tell me their first exposure to porn was from their fathers stash. Today, they carry the greatest source of porn in their hip pocket, called a smart phone.
Let’s Set the Example for the World to See!
Ephesians 1:15–23 (ESV) — 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.