Battling Porn from the pulpit in Oregon

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Ten guys plop themselves into chairs and sofas arranged in a circle at Eastside Faith Center in Eugene. One of them pulls out a guitar and strums the chords of a hymn. Others close their eyes, nod their heads and quietly sing along.

Common bonds bring these men together each week. They are the bonds of faith and fellowship and pornography.

Participants in this "For Men Only" accountability group vary in age, temperament and work status. But most will tell you, privately, that they share the same problem with pornography: They want to stop using it but can't, and need the help of God and others to quit.

"You have made the way to take our shame away," says the guitar player in an opening prayer. "Lord, I'm living for you, to be worthy of you, regardless of my situation today."

No religious or other demographic group is immune from pornography's reach - not in a country where an estimated 40 million adults say they regularly visit porn Web sites on the Internet. In one survey cited by Internet Filter Review, an oft-quoted resource on cyberporn, 47 percent of polled Christians describe porn as a major problem in the home.

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* Culture-WatchPornography

3 Comments
Posted August 27, 2007 at 4:23 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Aristotle Rivera wrote:

Thanks for this article.

This is a huge problem that is not being addressed in mainline churches including the Episcopal Church.

August 27, 7:27 pm | [comment link]
2. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

On Sunday, there was a Vineyard church with a big headline on their marquee that read, “Confront the Elephant in the Room: National Porn Sunday”
My sermon couldn’t top that…

August 28, 12:32 am | [comment link]
3. john scholasticus wrote:

I too think this a good article and applaud this faith centre. This is a fight we should all be fighting and one that is desperately important to win.

August 28, 4:07 pm | [comment link]
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