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Porn Not “Soft” on Families

In our sex-saturated culture, what was once a sacred, covenantal act reserved for the safety and security of the marriage relationship is now considered just another form of entertainment. It should come as no surprise then to see societal views of pornography changing as well. What was once considered to be shameful, perverted act of deviant sexual desire is now viewed by many as a harmless form of amusement. Is this really the case?

The Family Research Council just released a study that comprehensively details the effects of pornography on marriages, children, communities and individuals. Pat Fagan, who¬†serves as FRC’s Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion and the author of the study wrote:

“Pornography corrodes the conscience, promotes distrust between husbands and wives and debases untold thousands of young women. It is not harmless escapism but relational and emotional poison.

“The fact that marriage rates are dropping steadily is well known. But the impact of pornography use and its correlation to fractured families has been little discussed. The data show that as pornography sales increase, the marriage rate drops.

“As this academic review reveals, pornography is creating a debt of the spirit and a cost in the lives of family members that rivals any deficit the federal government is producing.

“The science is clear: children from families without married parents have much higher poverty rates as well as poorer health and other socio-economic difficulties. Nations with low marriage rates suffer the same fates. And underlying the social trends is the impact of pornography on family formation. It’s a quiet family killer.”

Among the study’s findings:

Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity.

Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice and are upset by the difference.

Pornography engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which in turn leads to a greater risk of out-of-wedlock births and STDs, which in turn lead to still more weaknesses and debilities.

The presence of sexually oriented businesses significantly harms the surrounding community, leading to increases in crime and decreases in property values.

Child-sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be involved in its distribution.

Pornography eliminates the warmth of affectionate family life, which is the natural social nutrient for the growing child.

As we approach this Christmas season and await the dawning of a New Year, what better time than now to focus on the interior matters of our hearts. Is your heart pure before God? Are you in bondage to sexual lust? Are you living in sexual sin? Is pornography a problem for you? More importantly, what are you willing to do about it?

For the sake of God’s glory and for the sake of your family, whether present or future (if you are currently single), deal with this critical issue before you and others are destroyed.

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