"Porn is harmless."
I don't think there will ever be a lie more misleading than that. While watching pornography may seem like an insignificant problem in the beginning, it adds up in the long run until it gains the power to ruin areas of our lives that we might not think it has effect over.
1 Corinthians 6:13 says, "'Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food'—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body." God intends to destroy sexual immorality before it destroys us.
When Jesus took our sins to the cross, He nailed pornography and sexual impurity along with all other iniquities so that we may experience freedom once and for all. In Christ there is freedom, but people who get too deep into pornography will see it destroy certain areas of their lives. Here are seven areas in a person's life that porn destroys.
This has to be the most obvious. It's hard to grow in our relationship with God when we are in bondage to sin. While God desires for us freedom to pursue Him, sin draws us away from God's presence and makes it difficult to grow spiritually.
When our children are deeply exposed to porn, it becomes difficult for parents to guide them in the ways they should go. Studies show that 67 percent of young men and 49 percent of young women regard viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one's sexuality. Also, parents who expose themselves to porn have often admitted to feeling desensitised in the areas of marriage and family.
No matter how many times you flip it, pornography is adultery and infidelity. While there may be no physical contact, there is an unfaithfulness in the mind and heart. Covenant Eyes shares that 56 percent of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.
4. Work and Productivity
The Family Research Council says, "When viewing pornography becomes an addiction, 40 percent of sex addicts lose their spouses, 58 percent suffer considerable financial losses, and about a third lose their jobs."
Pornography can become a challenge to productivity and therefore to work, especially when we expose ourselves to porn during work hours.
With a drop of productivity at work, there can often be a drop of profitability. Porn is an expensive industry that can rack up unnecessary expenses that can be used elsewhere. It doesn't only eat up monetary resources, but also more important resources such as time and attention.
6. Sense of Social Justice
The porn industry and human trafficking problems are tied up in so many areas. Many porn videos online involve women taken for granted out of their own free will, some of them being underage. It may not seem like it, but being attached to porn is feeding the problem of social injustice today.
We have seen stories of pastors, church leaders and spiritual mentors having to step down from their posts because of problems that boil down to sexual immorality. Porn does not just hurt the individual but even people around them. Many ministries have suffered as a result of pornography taking charge of the hearts and minds of men and women in church work.