A lot of Christian advice about porn addicts is unhelpful — meaning, it doesn’t contribute to real progress in repentance, healing, restoration, and recovery. Most of all, it fails to address the issues that underlie porn use. Often, Christian advice either has its head in the clouds of theology.
[tweetable]Conservative Christians’ responses to the sexual revolution of the s and 70s have often bordered on paranoia.[/tweetable] And yet, the pornography industry undeniably contributes.
Pornography is extremely prevalent in the world today. It’s more popular and accessible than ever before. Just because it’s available, however, does not make it right. Many Christians struggle. Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel.
Religious views on pornography are based on broader religious views on modesty, human dignity, sexuality and other virtues which may reflect negatively on pornography. Different religious groups view pornography and sexuality differently.
The difference between art and pornography is the difference between beauty and lust. In art, the nakedness is intended to be a display of beauty and wonder. Pornography does no such thing. Its intent is to entice a person by arousing the person's lust. But then, someone may say that they view pornography as an art form and that it is beautiful. Pornography violates [ ] the unity of our families and our moral fabric and fiber as a nation. This is a familiar “culture wars” refrain—moral versus immoral; us versus them. But whatever the report reveals about pornography it obscures about evangelical Christianity and the larger sexual landscape, which is a much more complicated story.