IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #11

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet- smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God
(Ephesians 5:1-5 NKJV)


We are going to camp out here for a couple weeks. When reading the letters of Paul we need to remember the context that it is a letter written to a church. Then, We look at Paul’s words, like we see here, and we see very stout statements.

According to statistics, as many as 50% of churchgoers today struggle with a porn addiction. 50% of men viewed pornography within one week of attending a promise keepers stadium event. 54% of pastors say they have viewed pornography within the past year. And in 2003, Focus on the Family said that 47% of respondents to their poll said that porn is a problem in their home.

These are staggering statistics. There are a couple of reasons that these kinds of numbers can come out. First of all, pornography is one of the largest addictions within America today; and, I pray, people are trying to put off this addiction to come to God. The problem arises, with pornography, that the addiction is in the memory. Unlike other addictions, pictures of things seem continue to pop up in our head. This can cause heavy temptation, and heavy issues in the repentance. Another problem that I fear, and I find it often, is that many churchgoers believe it is not a sin to view porn. There are all kinds doors that open this belief, but I believe the biggest is we really just don’t want to repent of it.

Unfortunately, because of a new gospel introduced by the modern church people believe they can say a prayer and ask Jesus in their heart and be saved; and it really doesn’t matter what they do after that point. Notice what Paul says to the church of the Ephesians. He is telling members of a New Testament church, that if they do not abstain from fornication that they cannot inherit the kingdom of God. He makes the statement that these actions should not even be named ONCE among us. This is a far different view then what is becoming the popular teaching and the belief within the church.

If we’ve believe what the Bible said would we not work hard to avoid these issues within our lives? Would we not work out our salvation with fear and trembling? Pornography and fornication is darkness, and death; both physical and spiritual. We need to step into the light.

A pornography addiction is a sensitive subject that’s causes embarrassment to the person addicted to it; but, we need to find someone we trust to confide in and help us get through these addictions.