New Resource on Porn and Trafficking

Our friends at Covenant Eyes have produced another excellent resource to equip church leaders and parents to lead in the pursuit of purity and educate their people and families about how to navigate the sexualized culture in which we live.  Their new e-book, Porn-Free Church: Raising up gospel communities to destroy secret sins, features contributions from over a dozen ministry leaders and experts, and it is full of insight and practical tools to help you lead in the pursuit of purity in the midst of a pornified age.

In Chapter 3, pureHOPE’s Noel Bouché describes the connections between pornography and sex trafficking, and how an understanding of those connections helps us lead lives of love, purity, justice.  Below is a portion of Noel’s chapter; you can read the rest by downloading the e-book here:

The Ugly Connections Between Porn, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking
by Noel Bouché

Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.   Proverbs 2:11-12 (NASB)

In our sexualized, technology-driven society, pornography is everywhere. The Internet has channeled it into homes, schools, businesses, and now (through smartphones) public venues—everywhere one turns, porn or porn-themed sexual content is ubiquitous. This ubiquity begins to normalize the consumption of porn, which is producing devastating social costs, in the broader culture as well as in the Christian community.

The impurity this creates in the Body of Christ is harmful on many levels: intimacy with God is hindered, marriages crumble, leaders fall, and the church’s witness of God’s love and holiness is weakened. This, in turn, leads to doctrinal compromise. Far too many churches teach nothing about God’s design for sex or the harms of pornography. Too many others quietly accept the normalization of porn and tell their people porn use isn’t a problem they should worry about.

When the subject of pornography is addressed, it is usually done so from an angle of shaming men for their weakness and perversion while guilting (or scaring) them into better behavior. Time is spent telling people that they shouldn’t use porn; not enough time is spent explaining why they shouldn’t, and why they should pursue
purity.

Well, here’s one reason to pursue purity: it is an act of love and justice. How so? Because sexual impurity always works an injustice, first in the home, then in the community. How does that relate to porn?

Click here to read the rest of the chapter and download Covenant Eyes’ free e-book, Porn-Free Church.

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