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Countering the Porn Plague: Selected Resources

Jun 2, 2012

Pornography is a social tsunami destroying our societies, ruining our marriages, busting up our families, enslaving our men, and killing our kids. I wish I could say this was just happening outside of the churches. But sadly the Christian world is being just as decimated by this problem as anyone else.

It is vital that all Christians take this challenge seriously, and seek to do all they can to keep free of this addictive smut, and help others to do the same. Fortunately there are many good resources out there to help us with this. There are both Christian and non-Christian books and videos available which we all need to make use of.

The following are some of the better resources out there which discuss the porn plague, document its nefarious effects, and provide practical help on getting free and staying free.

Christian works

Alcorn, Randy, Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution.  IVP, 1985.
Anderson, Neil, A Way of Escape. Monarch, 1994.
Arterburn, Stephen and Fred Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time. WaterBrook Press, 2009.
Challies, Tim, Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. CreateSpace, 2010.
Chester, Tim, Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free. IVP, 2010.
Court, John, Law, Light and Liberty.  Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1975.
Court, John, Pornography: A Christian Critique. IVP, 1980.
Dixon, Patrick, The Rising Price of Love: The True Cost of the Sexual Revolution. Hodder & Stoughton, 1995.
Hall, Laurie, An Affair of the Mind. Focus on the Family, 1996.
Harris, Joshua, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World. Multnomah, 2005.
Heath, Graham, The Illusory Freedom: The Intellectual Origins and Social Consequences of the Sexual Revolution. William Heinemann, 1978.
Kirk, Randy, A Generation Betrayed: It’s Time To End the Sexual Revolution. Huntington House, 1993.
Laaser, Mark, The Secret Sin: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction. Zondervan, 1992.
Lubben, Shelley, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: The Greatest Illusion on Earth. Createspace, 2010.
Marshner, Connie, Decent Exposure: How to Teach Your Children About Sex. Legacy Communications, 1988, 1994.
Minnery, Tom, ed., Pornography: A Human Tragedy. Tyndale House, 1986.
Reisman, Judith, Sexual Sabotage. WND Books, 2010.
Reisman, Judith, “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball. Huntington House Publishers, 1991.
Schaumburg, Harry, False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction. NavPress, 1992, 1997.
Schlafly, Phyllis, ed.,  Pornography’s Victims. Pere Marquette Press, 1987.
Struthers, William, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. IVP, 2010.
White, John, Eros Defiled. IVP, 1977.
White, John, Eros Redeemed. IVP, 1993.
Williams, Nigel, False Images: Telling the Truth About Pornography. Kingsway Publications, 1991.
Wilson-Thomas, Claire and Nigel Williams, Laid Bare: A Path Through the Pornography Maze. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996.

Videos

Dobson, James, Fatal Addiction. Focus on the Family, 1989. 56 minutes.
Dobson, James, Pornography: Addictive, Progressive and Deadly. Focus on the Family, 1994. 47 minutes.

Non-Christian works

Dines, Gail, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality. Beacon Press, 2010.
Layden, Mary Anne, The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations. The Witherspoon Institute, 2010.
Lederer, Laura, ed., Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography. William Morrow, 1980.
Levy, Ariel, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Free Press, 2005.
Paul, Pamela, Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. Times Books, 2005.
Russell, Diana, Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape. Sage Publishing, 1998.
Shapiro, Ben, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. Regnery Publishing, 2005.
Tankard Reist, Melinda and Abigail Bray, eds., Big Porn Inc. Spinifex, 2011.

Organisations

Also there are ministries devoted to helping those who want to be set free from this. Consider some of the following organisations and their resources:

www.xxxchurch.com/
www.pureintimacy.org/
just1clickaway.org/
www.covenanteyes.com/
www.dads.org/strugglewithporn.asp
www.purelifeministries.org/

The statistics on porn are roughly as follows: 85 per cent of men struggle with porn, and the other 15 per cent are liars. That is probably pretty close to the truth. In that case we all need help here, and these resources are a good place to begin. And what almost all of them will tell you is that you can’t lick this problem alone.

We need each other to overcome this, and other addictions we struggle with. Get into an accountability group now if you have not already done so. And check out this great Promise Keepers site for more info on accountability groups, and the sorts of questions you should be asking each other:

www.promisekeepers.org/about/faqs/faqs-small-group-info

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10 Responses to Countering the Porn Plague: Selected Resources

  • Hi Bill, are you familiar with the Life Keys Valiant Man program and resources developed by Dr Allan Meyer? Our church has run Valiant Man in our church in conjunction with other local Alice Springs churches for several years now. While it does not eliminate the problem facing all men, including Christians, it does provide insights and practical tools for keeping one’s self pure(r), both physically and mentally.
    www.careforcelifekeys.org/aus/

    Steve Swartz

  • Thanks Steve

    Yes I do know of him and his work. Thanks for the reminder, and for drawing it to our attention.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • bible.cc/job/31-1.htm
    Job 31:1-4 (World English Bible):

    “I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman? For what is the portion from God above, and the heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity? Doesn’t he see my ways, and number all my steps?”

    Fr Phil Ellery

  • Have you ever heard of a group in Australia that is fighting a frontline battle against porn and have seen amazing successes. It is known as the Australian Federation for the Family.
    Jack Sonnemann

  • Thanks Jack. Yes there are a number of great pro-family organisations in Australia fighting the porn issue, including yours. Others include the Australian Family Association, FamilyVoice, Life Ministries, and Salt Shakers. They all offer great resources as well.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hi Bill, the challenge is as always, changing the public’s perspective and attitude to it. Practically every man I speak to at work considers it quite O.K. to indulge, from watching it on their i phones during meal breaks, to purchasing it from the illegal dvd sellers who come around to the work-sites.

    Amazingly they do not even consider the fact that those sad wretched souls (the women) in the industry are not participating because they want to, but rather because of financial need. Even when this fact is pointed out to them, it is scoffed at.

    Thank God for the organizations (many listed above) fighting against the porn problems. Sadly it would require an effort from government via media control (mainly internet) to make a real difference, but then of course that would be an impediment to peoples ‘freedom’ of expression and would be seen as being ‘intolerant’. The slippery slope just keeps getting more slippery.

    Fred Merlo

  • IF only our church leaders would teach the truth AND oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality and pornography.
    We don’t justify sin, we don’t live in sin, we don’t look for loop holes contrary to Bible living.
    Judith Bond

  • Hi Bill (and others),

    Are you aware of / familiar with: www.settingcaptivesfree.com

    I strongly recommend it. It has many courses which present God’s principles to walking in His freedom and vicotry.

    Specifically to the problem with lust, sexual addiction, and porn, it has a course called “The Way of Purity”, a 60 lesson course.

    Again, I highly recommend it!

    Blessings,
    Jeremy Hopwood

  • Hi Bill, a good program that many people I know use is able to be found at www.internetsafety.com/SafeEyes

    Allowing someone else to effectively have the keys to the content we can view can really help a person in those times of struggling and temptation.

    Mario Del Giudice

  • Bill,

    I was also going to recommend settingcaptivesfree.com as a very good Biblical resource for people struggling with temptations but I see that Jeremy beat me to it.

    I would recommend them over others you have listed that are less Biblical like xxxchurch.com

    Paul Wakeford

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