The Staggering Stats of Pornography

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The statistics of pornography use is staggering.

But it isn’t just the use of pornography in general that I find disturbing, it’s how much pornography is consumed by the Church.

Just look at these statistics:

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50% of pastors regularly look at porn?

Houston?

Yes, we have a problem.

What’s the solution?

[via Mars Hill Church]

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Eric Dye

I am an entrepreneur and human rights advocate. I spend most of my time as writer and editor for ChurchMag and Finding Justice, but you can also find me working on Live Theme and for the International Human Rights Group. All while enjoying my family and sipping espresso in Italy.

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  1. says

    I am not going to question that there is a real problem with porn. But I have to wonder about the methodology of these stats and how reliable they really are. I have been hearing the 50% of pastors one for quite a while but no one seems to really have a good link to an original study. And the stats for this study are behind a paywall.

    I have enough background in statistics and sociology to know that a significant number of the stats that Christians use are crap.

    But I don’t want to minimize the problem either. 10% of pastors regularly looking at porn is a significant problem as well.

    • says

      I totally agree with your comments. I’m not saying it’s not a problem, but I would like to see the source of the study. The stat on pastors doesn’t pass the smell test to me.

      • says

        Here are some additional stats that would support the claim of 50% being a little high. Unfortunately, only a little high.

        From: http://www.blazinggrace.org/cms/bg/pornstats

        And from there, you’ll find:

        In March of 2002 Rick Warren’s (author of the Purpose Driven life) Pastors.com website conducted a survey on porn use of 1351 pastors: 54% of the pastors had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.

        Only 81 surveyed, but …
        Out of 81 pastors surveyed (74 males 7 female), 98% had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website
        National Coalition survey of pastors. Seattle. April 2000.

        Pastors are looking for help:
        Roger Charman of Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Ministries reports that approximately 20 percent of the calls received on their Pastoral Care Line are for help with issues such as pornography and compulsive sexual behavior.

    • says

      There are several fragmented studies that align with each other fairly well (links on Hyatt’s comment). Also, the flock is never that far from their shepherd. If they are, the shepherd is doing a lousy job. Either way, it’s a total FAIL.

      10%? Yeah. It’s higher than that. So then, if it’s more like 30%, then what?

      Houston, we have a problem ;-)

  2. says

    My name is Bob Price, and I am the Executive Director of Sought Out, Inc. in Virginia Beach, where we daily serve persons (including pastors) that are healing through their dependency on pornography, among many other issues.

    There are numerous non-scientific studies out there readily available through any internet search, but a scientific double-blind statistics project specifically on the issue of pastors and porn has not been done to our knowledge, and we deal with this for a living.

    We currently have numerous pastors connected in some way to our programs; two of our staff (including myself) were pastors that struggled with an addiction to pornography, in addition to other unhealthy practices. The problem is very real, and very personal, to us.

    Pastoral ministry is a “perfect storm” that can lead to a dependency on pornography; the isolation, the job stress, the impossible double standards, the over-committed, over-worked, underpaid, under-appreciated, marriage stress, pressure on the pastor’s kids, etc…all coupled with the very real fear that the pastor would lose his/her job if anyone found out, thus the feeling that there is no one safe to talk to.

    Though looking at pornography just once or twice does not make a person “hooked,” it is a progressive, habit-forming, object of dependency that in our personal experience and that of our clients, must be taken seriously as the danger that it is.

    Additionally, pornography use is just one of many ways a person can become dependent on his or her sexuality to cope with pain, stress, etc.

    If this is an issue in your life or that of one of your loved ones, please feel free to contact me for information or resources. As always at our ministry, confidentiality is assured.

    • says

      Bob, as Editor of ChurchMag, let me extend an invitation to have you write for us sometime. It would be great to cover practical help and tactics, along with other information surrounding pornography as it relates to the internet. We are a Church tech blog and we would be remiss if we were to overlook this subject.

      You can email me – eric [at] churchm.ag

      (We moved from Suffolk, VA before moving to Italy and I’ve heard of you guys — keep up the great work!)

  3. Bob Sorge says

    Eric, the pivotal issue in gaining victory in this area, at least in terms of my own experience, is almost never addressed. Unless I’m just not reading the right stuff. The big issue is laid out clearly in Job 31:1. Total consecration to the Lord includes making a vow before God concerning our eyes. A covenant vow that pledges to God, my eyes will not behold it. It’s one of the scariest vows I’ve ever made with God. Without invoking the terrifying fear of being in a covenant vow with God, stumbling upon compromising images can still “just seem to happen.” The love of God is essential, and the fear of the Lord seals the door shut. This at least has been my experience, and yes I intend to write on it, perhaps soon. Thanks for letting me pipe in.

  4. Wayne Frazier says

    The Bible has many references to pornography, under different names, but the translators chose to put that sin sickness ,within the heading of words we take for different meanings. We get the word pornography from the Greek words ( Strongs Concordance Greek 4205 Pornos- fornicator, whoremonger….1 Cor.5:9..10…11…1Cor.6:9 Heb.12:10 Greek 4202 Pornein- idolatry-fornication- harlotry including adultry and incest…..Rom.1:29 1Cor.5:1…6:13….6:18…7:2…2 Cor.12:21…Gal.5:19..
    Eph.5:5 …Col.3:5…1Thess.4:5 ) so we see that looking at pornography is sins of adultry,if you are married,fornication (sex outside of marriage) and can lead to incest,rape and other devious actions.
    Repentance will free you from the bondage of addiction.

  5. says

    The young Associate Pastor got up in front of the congregation and admitted he was addicted to porn and asked for forgiveness. He went to Rehab for several months. This was at large Baptist Church in the County I live. I’ve often wondered what happened to him.

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