By Floyd Godfrey, LPC, CSAT candidate
Family Strategies Counseling Center
Our culture’s biblical values have disintegrated. A sea of pornography has swept its way across the globe. It has become accessible anywhere. It haunts both young and old, male and female, while destroying individuals and families.
Amidst this deluge, many Christians are drowning. Pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona has taken hold, and its influence can be felt within the Christian population. It is estimated that 50% of all men within the church may be struggling with compulsive pornography issues. Even more disturbing is the trend that the majority of pornography users fall to young men between the ages of twelve and seventeen. It is also estimated that 93% of all boys and 62% of all girls are exposed to pornography before the age of eighteen. These trends are dangerous to healthy development and marriage.
Christians who struggle with pornography addiction report personal and spiritual consequences that are often devastating. Wives are traumatized. Some marriages end in divorce, finances are depleted, spiritual pursuits are sidetracked, and it becomes difficult to feel the Spirit of God. In reality, the world of pornography is filled with drugs, abuse, rape and slavery; it often leads to violence, and certainly warps individual concepts of healthy sexuality. Youth are exposed to images and behaviors they would never have previously conceived. Our culture is creating an unrestrained, dangerous curiosity. But there is hope for those who feel trapped in its grip.
Coming out of isolation will be a major challenge for many Christians struggling with pornography addiction. But it is the first most critical step in recovery. Additionally, those who are most successful will seek spiritual guidance, begin professional intervention, and develop a strong support system. It’s hard work, but the blessings far outweigh the time and energy that recovery requires.
If you are a Christian struggling with pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona, call us for a free 15-minute consultation with a therapist who specializes in pornography addiction. We can help: (480) 668-8301.
 “How Many Porn Addicts Are in Your Church,” by Mike Genung, June 17, 2005, Pastors/Leadership.
 Presentation by Clay Olson, 2013, Arizona Coalition Against Pornography, “Fight the New Drug."
 “Teens and Porn: Ten Stats You Need to Know,” by L August 19, 2010, Covenant Eyes.
 “Get the Facts – Porn Harms in Three Ways,” by Clay Olson, Fight the New Drug, http://www.fightthenewdrug.org/get-the-facts#society/porns-dirty-little-...