40% of Christians admit porn is a problem in their home, says XXX Church

One of the biggest problems dealt with by porn addicts is shame, and this is why XXX Church—an online ministry dedicated to helping people with porn and sex addiction—wants people to realise that they have to overcome their shame in order to get better.

"Shame is an enemy that we all deal with and something that the porn addict is only all too familiar with. One of the reasons that pornography maintains such a strong hold on men is the incredible shame that comes along with viewing it," wrote Carl Thomas in their website.

When people are overcome by shame, they feel isolated and trapped, and they are unable to get better. But Thomas wants porn and sex addicts to realise that they are not alone in their shame.

In fact, he shared statistics that show that over 40 percent of Internet users view pornography. Add to that, over 40 percent of Christians have admitted that pornography is a problem in their own homes.

"I don't share these figures with you to 'normalise' your struggle but rather to show you that your struggle is not uncommon. In fact, it is all too common. The reality is that while shame tells you that you are alone and uniquely broken the truth is you are not," he explained. "We all struggle with the same stuff. Some of us just handle it differently than others."

Thomas said people are not meant to live their shame alone, and this is why they need to be brave and share their struggles with others. Addicts might fear rejection and judgment, but Thomas said "their rejection is not an inadequacy on your part but theirs."

"The Bible says all have sinned and come short of God's glory, that there isn't a single righteous person. You are doing the absolute right thing by seeking accountability and repentance," he said. "Grace is a concept we all like to talk about in 'church world' but when it actually comes time to extend it many of us fall flat on our face."

Exposing one's sin is actually what God's enemy does not want Christians to do. But Thomas assures that once the problem has been exposed, there will only be security in God's love and forgiveness.

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