Pornography is a problem in every society probably on different scales. It affects both the youth and adults especially in the area of addiction. This disturbing trend has also crept into the Church with stunning statistics that are a source of concern to stakeholders in the Christian faith.
Statistics reveal that the rapid spread of pornography cannot be ignored. Men, women, teenagers and children are being caught in the web of pornography at very alarming rates.
Though many Christians may assume that the church is immune, the fact is that pornography is a huge problem also affecting the church.
Several studies and reports have come out over the last several years that show quite a disturbing picture. Not only has pornography invaded churches, but in many cases, the statistics show that Christians—and even church pastors—engage in viewing porn at almost the same rates as the secular population.
The research studies, primarily by the Barna Group and Covenant Eyes, reveal that initial exposure to porn begins in childhood and progresses.
Gaining access to porn is no longer difficult. Access has been made easy through the internet and wide variety of formats now available, such as printed materials, DVDs, television and more.
Here’s a list of 15 stunning facts showing the scope and effects of porn in society and the church.
1. Over 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites. The average visit lasts 6 minutes and 29 seconds
2. There are around 42 million porn websites, which totals around 370 million pages of porn.
3. The porn industry’s annual revenue is more than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. It is also more than the combined revenues of ABC, CBS and NBC.
4. 47 percent of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their home.
5. Pornography use increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300 percent.
6. Eleven is the average age that a child is first exposed to porn, and 94 percent of children will see porn by the age of 14.
7. 56 percent of American divorces involve one party having an “obsessive interest” in pornographic websites.
8. 70 percent of Christian youth pastors report that they have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with pornography in the past 12 months.
9. 68 percent of church-going men and over 50 percent of pastors view porn on a regular basis. Of young Christian adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively search for porn.
10. 59 percent of pastors said that married men seek their help for porn use.
11. 33 percent of women aged 25-and-under search for porn at least once per month.
12. Only 13 percent of self-identified Christian women say they never watch porn—87 percent of Christian women have watched porn.
13. 55 percent of married men and 25 percent of married women say they watch porn at least once a month.
14. 57 percent of pastors say porn addiction is the most damaging issue in their congregation. And 69 percent say porn has adversely impacted the church.
15. Only 7 percent of pastors say their church has a program to help people struggling with pornography.
(with facts from Charisma News)