“We are fast becoming a pornographic society. Over the course of the last decade, explicitly sexual images have crept into…virtually every niche of American life,” R. Albert Mohler writes. “By some estimations, the production and sale of explicit pornography now represents the seventh-largest industry in America.” Pornography has become—as William Struthers has pointed out in his book Wired for Intimacy—“a whispered promise. It promises more sex, better sex, endless sex, sex on demand, more intense orgasms, experiences of transcendence.”
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, makes this point regarding the phenomenon of nearly-infinite and instantly-accessible pornography:
To no one’s surprise, the vast majority of those who consume pornography are males. It is no trade secret that males are highly stimulated by visual images, whether still or video. That is not a new development, as ancient forms of pornography attest. What is new is all about access. Today’s men and boys are not looking at line pictures drawn on cave walls. They have almost instant access to countless forms of pornography in a myriad of formats.
The sin and addiction of pornography profoundly affects male brains, which in turn profoundly affects marital intimacy and family interactions. Ultimately it is a sin which diminishes the fame of God’s name. This is a sobering reality that every church must face. For more thoughts on this topic, see this article from Dr. Mohler.