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  • This is a production of World Video Bible School.

  • To God be the glory!

  • Would you believe that the majority of all internet pornography use occurs

  • right here in the workplace?

  • Statistics say that 70% of all internet porn traffic occurs during

  • the 9-to-5 workday.

  • According to IDC, a source of global market intelligence,

  • 30-40% of internet use in the workplace is

  • unrelated to business.

  • The Nelson net-rating system has determined that

  • 21% of all adult sites are accessed

  • from work.

  • Meanwhile, 70% of employees surveyed by the NFO Worldwide,

  • admit to viewing or sending

  • adult oriented email

  • at work.

  • For the next several minutes, I want to talk to you about the subject of

  • internet pornography.

  • You know, this is one of those uncomfortable subjects that we don't

  • like to talk about, we don't like to preach about.

  • But, it's a very real issue

  • and it's doing tremendous destruction

  • both to people's lives and to their marriages.

  • You know, the Lord addressed this subject in the Bible in Matthew 5:28,

  • when he said:

  • "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already

  • committed adultery with her

  • in his heart.

  • If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it

  • is more profitable for you that one of your members perish,

  • than for your whole body to be cast into hell."

  • The Lord warned us, but even still

  • it's an issue in the world

  • and it's even an issue in the church. I don't have statistics for the Lord's

  • church specifically,

  • but I want you to listen to these statistics involving religious people.

  • In December of 2000, the National Coalition to Protect Children and Families

  • surveyed five "Christian" campuses to

  • see how the next generation of believers was doing

  • with regard to sexual purity.

  • 48% of males admitted to current porn use

  • and 68% of males said that they intentionally viewed a

  • sexually explicit site

  • at the school.

  • A 1996 Promise Keeper survey at one of their stadium

  • events,

  • revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved

  • with pornography

  • within one week

  • of attending the event.

  • A CNN article dated April 6, 2007, states that

  • "70% of Christians

  • admitted to struggling with porn

  • in their daily lives."

  • Now, what am I saying?

  • I'm simply saying that this is a real problem

  • for religious people.

  • Now, someone might say, "Well, it's different in the Lord's church."

  • And I wish I could say that that's true.

  • I could, but I never would do this because I would not want to betray people's

  • confidence, but

  • I could give you a list of Christians that I've known who've struggled with

  • this issue.

  • I've had Christian men come to me over the years and say,

  • "I'm really struggling with this. Will you help me?"

  • You see, this is a problem

  • even in the Lord's church.

  • And so, sometimes, there are Christians who will attend worship on Sunday morning,

  • and then they go home to their computers and

  • they engage in this secret sin.

  • You know, I guess pornography has always been around in some form, but

  • in recent years it's become a greater problem because of the internet.

  • You see, there used to be this sort of built-in deterrent,

  • because you had to go somewhere to get it. You had to go to a store to buy a

  • magazine or

  • to rent a video. And,

  • there was a possibility that someone might see you.

  • But now with the internet, people can view pornography in the privacy of their

  • home

  • totally anonymously.

  • In fact, someone has said that the three "A's" of the internet have caused the

  • porn industry to explode with growth.

  • Those three "A's" are: accessibility,

  • affordability,

  • and anonymity.

  • And, we might add the word "addiction" and make it four "A's". Those four things have

  • made the pornography industry reach record numbers in our country and in the

  • world.

  • I read that every second $3,075.64

  • is being spent on pornography.

  • Every second,

  • 28,258 internet users are viewing

  • pornography.

  • Every second,

  • 372 internet users are typing adult search terms

  • into search engines.

  • Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is created in the

  • United States.

  • In fact, the revenue for the pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top

  • technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, ebay,

  • Yahoo, Apple, Netflix, and EarthLink.

  • According to InternetFilterReview.com, their 2003

  • statistics state that

  • the sex industry brings in $57 billion in revenue per year

  • worldwide.

  • 12 billion of that is in the United States. Now, that is more than the

  • combined revenues

  • of all of the professional football,

  • baseball, and basketball franchises,

  • or the combined revenues of ABC, CBS,

  • and NBC.

  • 2.5 of the 12 billion is related to the internet porn industry.

  • Where are we

  • as a country?

  • Varner Research Group did a survey in 2003, that revealed that:

  • "38% of adults believed that it is 'morally acceptable'

  • to look at pictures of nudity

  • or explicit sexual behavior."

  • "59% of adults believe that it is 'morally acceptable' to have

  • sexual thoughts or fantasies. 38% of adults believe there is

  • nothing wrong

  • with pornography use."

  • Now, how does it happen? How do people get into the use of pornography?

  • How do people first get exposed to it, and hooked on pornography?

  • Well, we might say that the first part of this is natural.

  • Males are naturally stimulated by sight.

  • You know, this is just the way God made us. But of course, that doesn't make

  • pornography right. It doesn't make lusting right. There's a proper outlet

  • for this and it's the marriage relationship.

  • But it's a fact that men are naturally stimulated by sight.

  • And many times, women don't really get this.

  • In the book,

  • "Every Young Man's Battle," the authors write:

  • "Women seldom understand this because they aren't sexually stimulated

  • in the same way.

  • Their ignitions are tied to touch and relationship.

  • They view this aspect of our sexuality as shallow..."

  • One of the authors' wives even said, she said, "When I first heard how men are,

  • it seemed so wild and unlike anything I could imagine...

  • I had a hard time believing it

  • and occasionally even wondered if they were making it up."

  • They continue in in the book:

  • "Because women can't relate,

  • they have little mercy on us and rarely choose to dress

  • modestly."

  • Hopefully, that's not the case with Christian women.

  • Now, what does all of this have to do with pornography?

  • Well, some people have taken this built-in desire that God gave us

  • and they have perverted it.

  • They have twisted it into something that God never intended.

  • And it's what we call

  • pornography.

  • The word "pornography" comes from two Greek words.

  • One is the word for "prostitute"

  • and the other is the word for "I write" or "I record."

  • And so, it refers to a written or illustrated depiction

  • of prostitution.

  • Now, when are people first exposed to pornography?

  • Now some people have said that they were first exposed to pornography

  • in the form of magazines that they found under their dad's bed.

  • In the book that I mentioned "Every Young Man's Battle,"

  • one of the authors states that

  • he first saw pornography in the form of posters of nude women

  • in his grandfather's shop.

  • Now these days, many are first exposed to it on the internet.

  • In 2003, the average age at which children were first exposed to porn,

  • via the internet,

  • was 11 years old. I suspect it might be younger than that now.

  • Also, the largest consumer of internet pornography

  • is the 12- to 17-year age group.

  • Now, at first when a person

  • first sees pornography,

  • it's very shocking to them.

  • They're surprised, but over time

  • that dwindles.

  • On the show "Good Morning America," recently there was a segment about

  • babies that are still in the mother's womb.

  • And they exposed these babies to a loud noise. And they said that at first the

  • babies would jump because they were startled.

  • But, as they continued to expose the child to the noise,

  • the child became used to it and and the shock faded.

  • And a similar thing happens to us with regard to the issue that we're discussing.

  • At first there's shock,

  • but then it diminishes.

  • One porn user stated,

  • he said, "Once you become addicted to it...

  • you look for more potent,

  • more explicit, more graphic kinds of material..."

  • He said like an addiction, "... you keep craving something which is harder

  • and gives you a greater sense of excitement

  • until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far--

  • that jumping off point

  • where you begin to think

  • maybe actually doing it

  • will give you that which is just beyond reading about it and looking at it."

  • You know, when you think about the sin involved in pornography

  • and it's addictive nature

  • and the fact that it's so easily accessible,

  • you realize that we really need to take precautions with regard to our children.

  • What about at your house?

  • What about the internet in your home?

  • At my house, we use a program called "Safe Eyes" that filters internet pornography.

  • It blocks inappropriate sites and

  • it will also email me if someone tries to access an inappropriate site. And

  • sometimes the

  • kids complain about the program because it can be inconvenient in

  • certain ways.

  • But it's worth it!

  • And of course, we also have to be careful about the television.

  • The average teenager spends three to four hours per day watching television. And

  • statistics say that 83% of the programming most frequently

  • watched by adolescents

  • contains at least some sexual content.

  • 39 million homes receive the adult channels in scrambled form,

  • while the number of children with potential exposure to such images

  • is about 29 million.

  • Christian men,

  • don't let it ever be said that your son was exposed to pornography

  • because of you.

  • You know, it's a sin to have those adult channels, to purchase those things.

  • It's a sin, too,to buy those dirty magazines.

  • It's a sin to go to those websites. You

  • can't go to heaven like that.

  • And certainly,

  • you don't want to risk the souls of your children.

  • And if you have the the movie channels such as HBO or Showtime

  • beware. In fact, I say get rid of them. Don't put that temptation

  • in front of your kids.

  • Now, I want to talk for just a few minutes about the effects of internet

  • pornography.

  • Now in this discussion, we're going to examine four different categories of effects.

  • We're going to talk about physical effects,

  • marital effects,

  • financial effects,

  • and, most importantly,

  • the spiritual effects. Now first,

  • the physical.

  • You know, there are a number of different physical effects of pornography.

  • But one of them is that

  • it makes you want more. You see, people aren't satisfied with just one image

  • they want two. And the need is to see more and it grows more risque and more

  • daring and it takes more to satisfy you.

  • A second physical effect

  • is that it makes you want an outlet.

  • At some point, the viewer desires more than to just view pornography.

  • Which oftentimes leads him to other sins.

  • And it brings about a a secret life. You have the life that everyone sees, but

  • then you have a a secret, hidden life, that

  • you don't want anyone to know about.

  • And oftentimes, that secret life leads to lies and

  • cover-ups.

  • And it leads to the feelings of guilt and shame.

  • You know, many respected scientists and psychiatrists have concluded that

  • pornography is an addiction

  • just like alcohol or drug abuse.