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Pornography on mobile devices fueling addiction, brokenness
NASHVILLE (BP) -- By 2017, access to pornography on smartphones and tablets will be available to 250 million people worldwide, according to a new study from Juniper Research, a London-area analyst of the wireless sector.
Pornography plague confronted by church's 'Battle Plan'
NORTH MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- "We are men with a battle plan. We are men of God." Those words -- a declaration of war against the scourge of pornography -- were voiced by hundreds of men gathered in a church auditorium and joined by hundreds of others across the nation via webcast.
If a church leader has viewed pornography....
LAKELAND, Fla. (BP) -- Much too often it happens. A pastor, staff member or church leader has been viewing pornography. So what should a church do if a leader has viewed pornography? Let me suggest a 10-step process:
After porn: A marriage is restored
LAKELAND, Fla. (BP) -- Seven years after Cathy Dyer and her husband were married, pornography erupted as a crisis in their marriage, nearly destroying it. Dyer recounts her real-life story of "God's ability to turn tragedy into triumph" ...
Protecting your son from pornography
LAKELAND, Fla. (BP) -- The average age of first exposure to Internet pornography for a male is 10 to 11 years old. Nine out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet. In most cases the pornography website was accessed unintentionally, but it still has a detrimental effect.
Personal purity exhorted to seminary students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The spiritual health of seminary students and their families should precede academics, speakers said at a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary conference emphasizing purity.
Q&A: 'Finally Free' of pornography
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- "You don't have to wait until heaven to be free from pornography."
Pornography likened to temple prostitution
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Russell D. Moore assessed the "weaponized epidemic of porn" during a chapel sermon at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 5.
'Battle Plan' to equip men in pornography fight
MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- A church in south Alabama is taking action to stop the scourge of pornography by hosting a men's event called "Battle Plan" to speak frankly about what must be done to equip believers for victory.
FIRST-PERSON: Digital footprints & online landmines
Columnist Candi Finch offers ways to guard your actions online so that your digital footprint will be one that leads people to Jesus rather than destroying your witness.
Platt: In 'sex-crazed culture,' Bible makes 'no exceptions'
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Be careful about shaking your head at same-sex marriage, warned David Platt, senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and author of the best-selling book "Radical." Christians should grieve the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the federal ban on same-sex marriage, but believers should also be "careful not to be guilty of selective moral outrage when it comes to the issue of homosexuality," Platt said.
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Everyone, each individual, is bent toward sexual sin, Platt said. "This is something that every sinful heart is prone to struggle with in some way or another," said Platt, who preached in late June on the subject of the cross and sexuality. His two-part sermon series on 1 Corinthians 6 book-ended the week of the Supreme Court's two rulings June 26 supporting gay marriage. "If we roll our eyes and shake our heads when we see the Supreme Court ruling on this case, yet we turn the channels on our TVs to watch the trivialization of sex on shows and advertisements, to surf the Internet to find images in order to satisfy our lusts, to go to movies that glamorize sex ... and entertain sexual thoughts and desires outside of our own marriage, then we have missed the entire point," Platt said. Sins shouldn't be acceptable just because they are the sins of the majority, he said. The church needs to declare war on every sexual sin that plagues Christians in order to show the world sexual purity and godly marriage. "All throughout the Bible from cover to cover, sex is only celebrated ... in the context of exclusive covenant relationship between a husband and wife. Period. There are no exceptions to that," Platt said. There's no exception for homosexuality but there's also no exception for adultery, promiscuity, pornography or masturbation, he said. What's happening in "our sex-crazed culture" today is essentially sex worship -- the idea that "I would be happy if I had the freedom to express myself sexually," Platt said. "According to [secular culture], we're not human if we can't please our bodies however we desire, so any attempts to limit sexual expression are seen as oppressive and inhumane," he said. "We set our minds on the things of the flesh, which is hostile to God, and we exchange God's Word for our experience." So often the Bible is twisted to fit preference -- as with the argument for homosexuality -- or its supposed silence is interpreted as liberty, Platt said. For instance, he said, when he was a teenager he and others would ask the question, "How far is too far?" "I never once heard a well-reasoned, objective answer based on Scripture," he said, explaining that instead leaders would tell youth to pray, set boundaries and decide what they thought was right, because the Bible didn't spell it out. So when he and other guys would talk about it, they would "do what teenage boys do" -- set the standards as low as they could.
FIRST-PERSON: Launching a 'Hardcore Battle Plan'
Florida pastor Jay Dennis reflects on the launch of the Join One Million Men initiative against pornography during the SBC annual meeting in Houston.
Anti-pornography initiative launched at SBC
HOUSTON (BP) -- An initiative seeking commitments from 1 million men to live pornography-free lives was launched at the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston.       Named "Join One Million Men," the initiative calls Christian men to commit to sexual purity ...
Women to battle pornography with prayer
HOUSTON (BP) -- In nearly 20 years of being a pastor's wife, Angie Dennis said she doesn't remember a single instance of a young woman coming to her and saying, "Miss Angie, my husband is struggling with pornography."
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