The unprecedented quantity and easy availability of pornography have not only affected the world in general, but the church in particular. What was once hard to access is now easy with technology, including mobile phones. If you are a pastor, you have probably already faced counseling situations that involved this issue. If you have not encountered these situations, you likely will in the near future. Many in our churches (women and men, single and married, young and old) have a past or present enslavement to this destructive poison, the lies it spreads, and the perversions that it encourages. Many pastors struggle with this sin as well. I do not write with a tone of condemnation for strugglers, past or present; I write to try to call this deceptive phenomenon what it is, because it presents itself as attractive – like the bait hiding the hook. It is a serious issue of idolatry and misdirected worship, but there is hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are a number of resources available that seek to provide biblical counsel to past and present strugglers which will help them grow in sanctification, and may also be of help to others by encouraging them to keep up their guard. This is not an exhaustive list. I am aware that there are some other resources as well (feel free to suggest any in the comments or by contacting me). This post includes authors whom I have read and have reason to commend to you. Many of these resources would be useful not only for one on one discipleship and counseling, but for small group studies. Hopefully you will find something here to be of benefit to you and those you have opportunity to counsel, encourage, and warn.
Joshua Harris, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World (book)
John Piper, “Battling the Unbelief of Lust” (Click here for access to sermon manuscript and audio)
John Piper, A.N.T.H.E.M: Strategies for Fighting Sexual Lust
David Powlison, “Making All Things New: Restoring Pure Joy to the Sexually Broken” (Click here for link to conference audio and video) (Click here for free .pdf file download of book chapter)
Review of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William M. Struthers by Dr. Albert Mohler
Here are a couple of blogposts with links to more resources:
“Porndemic” by Justin Taylor
“Women and Pornography” by Thabiti Anyabwile
Here is an article on how pornography affects the brain:
Slave Master: How Pornography Drugs & Changes Your Brain by Donald L. Hilton, Jr. The article seeks to address two fallacies:
Fallacy No. 1: Pornography is not a drug.
Fallacy No. 2: Pornography is therefore not a real addiction.
“While we must continue to fight the good fight legally and societally, we are way beyond avoidance as our only defense. Pornography wants you, it wants your husband or wife, it wants your son and daughter, your grandchildren, and your in-laws. It doesn’t share well, and it doesn’t leave easily. It is a cruel master, and seeks more slaves.”
Let’s fight the good fight of faith and help others to as well, pointing them to the pure joy found in Jesus.