5 Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor
Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS)

Porn is a poison that is destroying many teens. It is not a poison that is just destroying guys, but girls as well. Most teenagers know it’s a bad thing, but that doesn’t seem to matter when they’re alone with their smartphones. The temptations become too great, and before they know it, they’re viewing pornography. Of course there are those teenagers who don’t even go looking for porn, but it finds them through Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. 
In light of life in a porn-saturated culture, here are five thoughts to encourage you to battle against porn:

1. Porn will destroy your marriage. The images you are looking at are almost completely fake. Therefore, you are setting yourself up for disappointment on your honeymoon night. Your wife will not look like those images, and I’m not even sure she should. Which leads me to my next point…

2. Porn destroys femininity. (I know females look at porn, but this is addressing the guys). Not only are the pornographic images of women fake, they are creating an unrealistic ideal of what a female should be. Porn tells you females must look a certain way and meet your every sexual desire. God tells us females are created after his image [Gen. 1:27] and are more than body parts.

3. Porn feeds objectification. This is very closely related to the above, but goes a bit further. When guys spend extended time in front of porn, they will begin to measure a woman’s worth based on the size of their bust. Instead of appreciating the intricacies of a girl’s personality, they will only see “parts”. When these parts lose value, so does the person.

4. Porn distorts beauty. Yes there is such a thing as physical beauty, and yes we can appreciate beautiful people. However, beauty is more than the outer physical attributes of a person. There are plenty of beautiful people who would not measure up to the specifications of a porn star. If you don’t learn to appreciate inner beauty, every female will disappoint you. [Prov. 31:30]

5. Porn will destroy you. Do you want to grow up to be so ugly you’re hard to look at? Do you want to grow up to smell bad? Do you want to grow up and get divorced and live with your father? Jamie didn’t plan on any of those things, but his porn addiction did exactly what I described. He now lives in isolation from his wife and children and doesn’t know how to relate to anyone. Porn enslaves you and will ultimately kill you.

What do I do? There are two things you need to do. First, fall on your knees and repent before God. Ask him to forgive you and ask him for help in your fight. Remember, he is holy and hates sin, but he is a gracious father that rejoices in repentance. [Luke 15] Second, (and you’re not going to like this one) tell your parents. Confession is crucial in this fight and if you keep your sin in the dark it will only grow. You cannot stop on your own. Plus, if you tell your parents you are in sin and you need their help, they’ll probably be more loving than you think. 
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. pg. 96
Posted by Joey Stewart at 11:19 AM