Addiction/Recovery

Battle Plan Against Pornography

A sermon outline, statistics, and recommended resources for fighting pornography.

Church Bulletin Insert Sample

In early 2000, The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families surveyed students at 5 Christian colleges regarding pornography: 48% of the males admitted to current porn use. At a Christian men’s retreat in Idaho the men who were struggling with pornography were asked to stand up – and half of the men in the room came to their feet.

Men's Ministry Survey

1. How many close male friends do you have (“close” meaning you can expose your weaknesses?)  

Steps for Church Strategy

We recommend using the following strategy to address the issue of online safety and media sobriety churchwide.

Pornography and Media Addiction: The New Epidemic

Pornography is a new epidemic in the church. James Dobson of Focus on the Family calls it "the new crack cocaine."

57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation. A 1996 Promise Keepers survey at one of their stadium events revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved with pornography within one week of attending the event. 51% of pastors say cyber-porn is a possible temptation and 37% say it is a current struggle.

Software Tools for the Home

Reviews the major Internet filtering and monitoring software programs available.

We strongly recommend the use of internet filters or monitoring software on all computers, especially those used by children. Internet filters are computer programs that make undesirable content unavailable to the computer user. Monitoring software simply reports on Internet usage to someone you have chosen to receive the detailed report of the computer’s usage. Use this chart to determine what solution is best for your family.

Online Safety on MySpace and Other Social Networking Sites

What is Social Networking?

Family Internet Safety Pledge

Family Internet Safety Pledge

(This is provided as a sample for you to use.  If you wish to modify it, you may download a copy from safefamilies.techmission.org/safetypledge.php.)

Steps to Implement an Online Safety Program in Your Family

  1. Install an Internet filter (see our Internet filtering recommendations in this manual under “Software Tools for the Home”).

The Importance of Online Safety

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family calls Internet Pornography the “New Crack Cocaine.” Just as with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, many adult addicts of pornography started their addiction as young children exposed to pornography at an early age. To assist parents in protecting their children online, we provide free Internet filtering software. We realize that for parents, just having software is not enough, because parents need to be trained on all strategies for protecting their kids online.

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