If it came out that your pastor was addicted to pornography, would you ask him to step down?
If it came out that you were addicted to pornography, would you understand if your spouse left you for marital unfaithfulness?
Pornography is not talked about even though reports estimate that over 70% of the Church, and 30% of pastors, are addicted to it. But it is more than that, pornography (which is adultery) is killing the Church faster than divorce and homosexuality combined because almost no one views it as even in the same league as adultery! Pornography is right up there along with covetousness (which is idolatry) as one of the most tolerated deadly sins in the Church!
Listen up brethren. Do you know why so many people in the Church remain addicted to pornography?
Because we do not have this:
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.” Proverbs 8:13
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
Do you know that God hates your pornography? Or do you believe that He will simply scold you at the pearly gates and then welcome you in as a beautiful sinner that He simply couldn’t stand to live without?
Here’s what you need to understand about pornography; porn is not something outside you, like some external element of your life like food and drink, porn is the condition of your heart. That is right. Pornography is the condition of your heart. It’s not just a “reflection” of your heart, it is the condition of your heart. You lust after those who commit shameful acts with each another because your heart covets the things of the flesh.
I’m willing to wager that there are very few of you out there that understand pornography better than I do. My corpse that hangs on Christ’s cross was addicted to pornography for more than 15 years of my life.
For far too long I would not acknowledge what I just said above because I did not understand it, and was far too prideful to admit the level of depravity that my heart still embraced. But even more than that, I would not admit the severity of God’s judgment upon my sin!
If you do not have the fear of God, you will never wholly depart from pornography, you will simply take it under control to the degree that is acceptable in your life. And if you come to God on judgment day with that heart, you will not enter His Kingdom.
Brethren, with all the love of Christ I urge you today, REPENT!
You cannot overcome this sin with the gospel of accommodation. Neither can you overcome this sin with the gospel of legalism. The only way for your heart to be transformed is the true and authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, full of both grace and truth- embracing both the fear of God and the mercy of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You must repent of this sin in light of the gospel.