There’s a 50/50 Chance Your Pastor is Watching Porn

Most pastors have struggled with pornography. That’s according to a recent study released by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru. The group commissioned a survey of 3,000 adults – including 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors.

According to the study, 57% of senior pastors say they’re either currently struggling with pornography, or have struggled with it in the past. 64% of youth pastors also report currently or previously struggling with porn. And of those statistics, more than half of current clergy members watching pornography say they live in constant fear they’re going to be found out.

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, the use of pornography is just as rampant inside the church as it is outside of it. According to Charisma News, the statistics are shocking:

  • More than 40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites. The average visit lasts 6 minutes and 29 seconds.
  • 47% of families report that pornography is a problem in their home.
  • Pornography increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%.
  • 56% of American divorces involve one part having an “obsessive interest” in pornography.
  • 68% of church-going men view porn on a regular basis.
  • Only 7% of pastors say their church has a program to help people struggling with pornography.

Do you fall into one of those categories?

These statistics aren’t shared to make your situation seem hopeless. Rather, they’re here to say that you’re not alone – and you don’t have to continue struggling day after day with a secret that’s killing you inside. Pornography addiction is a real issue for a lot of people, but there is hope.

Breaking the negative cycle of pornography

Breaking free from pornography is possible. In fact, I work with a lot of people, exclusively online, who’ve been able to find freedom from porn use. But to find that freedom, there are a few things you’ll need to do:

  1. You’ve got to get real about the addiction. Porn addicts’ famous last words are usually, “I can quit whenever I want”. At the risk of sounding very blunt, then why haven’t you already?
  2. You’ve got to be honest with those around you. You may be hiding this addiction from your spouse, but chances are they already suspect it. Telling them allows you to finally get control of the secret. After the secret’s out, guilt and shame doesn’t have to hold you down anymore.
  3. You’ve got to find accountability. Telling a trusted friend or mentor about the addiction is the best way to help keep you moving forward. Giving someone permission to check in with you and ask how things are going allows you the freedom to share your struggles with someone who you can trust. This person could be a friend, your pastor, or someone within your circle of influence whom you know and trust. This person, however, should not be your spouse. It’s difficult for your spouse to be objective when it comes to an issue that’s causing them emotional pain.
  4. You’ve got to download an accountability app. Apps like CovenantEyes, X3 Church and Accountable2You allow you to set up alerts that get sent to people of your choosing if you visit a website that’s inappropriate. It’s an additional safety layer to help keep you protected.
  5. You’ve got to get professional help. All of the above suggestions are great tools – and most people try all of them before therapy, thinking they’ll be able to walk away from porn altogether. Chances are, without getting to the root of the addiction, it’ll come back rearing its ugly head in a few months. Working with a therapist who specializes in porn addiction can help you not only get free from porn addiction, but stay free.

There’s no shame in admitting you have a problem.

The real shame is continuing to let it hold you down. Working hard, and looking for real solutions to pornography addiction is a great first step. Remember, pornography is common. So common in fact, there’s a great chance your pastor is dealing with it too.

But you don’t have to let it keep you held down.

Zakk Gammon, PhD, LCPC
Zakk Gammon, PhD, LCPC specializes in counseling for pornography addiction and infidelity.

Breaking free from a pornography addiction is a challenge, but you don’t have to go through it alone.

Together, we can learn how to get you past this and help you find real freedom. I work exclusively online with Christians who struggle with pornography, and I’ve got a spot waiting just for you. So, take a deep breath, and schedule your appointment with me right now.

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