XXX Church warns people against trying out porn since nobody starts off thinking they'll get hooked on it

If there's only one thing that XXX Church can tell first-time porn users, then it would be this: Don't even try it.

Writing on the website of the online ministry dedicated to helping people with porn and sex addictions, Pastor Craig Gross says nobody watches porn thinking they'll get hooked on it. But he's seen so many good men fall down because of this overconfidence — "The Subway Guy" Jared Fogle, golfer Tiger Woods, and Christian reality star Josh Duggar.

"None of these guys ever start off thinking they're going to go to jail, lose their families or end their careers. Nobody does," he says. "But we've been talking a lot about different journeys. Chances are, poor decisions have taken us all down roads we wish we hadn't explored. It's why we're here, working on a new one."

Gross says social media always has a new pariah waiting to be vilified for their mistakes.

Instead of being arrogant about their supposed ability to resist temptation, people should acknowledge their limitations and not delve in evil things, he says.

"We're good at justifying ourselves, but even the smallest bad decisions, stacked up on top of one another, can lead to tragedy," he says. "It's time to take control so you don't wind up like Jared, Josh or Tiger. None of us are above it."

For people who still refuse to believe that they can easily fall under the trap of sin, Gross refers to the wise words shared by "The Chronicles of Narnia" author C.S. Lewis: "Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance... An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible."

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