Pornography, once available only in print, and then only in theaters, is now available for free on the internet. Easily accessible on all our electronic media, pornography is having a devastating impact on the moral standards of our society. For those caught up in its offering, it is indeed the gateway to hell.
The statistics are staggering. One popular site claims 33.5 billion visits in 2018 for a daily average of over 92 million visitors. Every minute saw 63,992 new visitors to the site, watching 207,405 videos through 57,750 searches. To feed the growing demand, there were 4.79 million new videos uploaded from amateurs, models, and contract partners.
Samuel Perry, in his book Addicted to Lust, writes that “data from a large probability sample of American adults surveyed in 2014 show that well over half of men and a quarter of women under age 40 seek out pornographic material monthly, and over 45% of men and 16% of women under 40 intentionally view porn in a given week.”
The reality here is that “normal” sex is no longer satisfying to our self-centered, sex-oriented society. Aberrant sex, child pornography, and sexual exploitation go with the package. And there is no end in sight. With the advent of virtual reality, one can only imagine where things are going to go from here. Pornography is, in a very real sense, the gateway to hell.
Significantly, that which is available on the internet is all an illusion. The subjects, mostly young and attractive, are performing before a camera crew, putting on an act they hope the market will find entertaining. Everything is fun and games, intimacy without shame, sex without consequences.
But life isn’t like that. Pornography is all smoke and mirrors. Love is more than a five-minute tryst. Sexual intimacy demands commitment, respect, and yes, self-discipline. Sex may attract an audience but showing pornography for what it is would devastate the industry. Who wants to look at the ravages of sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancies, broken marriages, rape, and sexual abuse. What you see is not what you get.
Like so much of sin’s attraction, the dream is overshadowed by reality.
In writing about this, I am aware I raise the question as to how I have become such an “expert.” I will admit that if I allowed myself the freedom, I would find it easy to indulge. But I am not into pornography, for it gives the forces of evil access to my mind. My moral stability, the pleasure of a clean conscience, and my attitude toward women, to say nothing of my spiritual experience, are all on the line. I can accept no “time out” in my walk with God.
The conflict between what the Bible terms the “flesh and the Spirit” is a never-ending battle. “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” That’s Bible for “the gateway to hell.”
“Be not deceived,” writes the Apostle Paul, “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” And that is a truth every one of us needs to take to heart.
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