Survey: High Number of Married Christian Men View Pornography, Cheat on Spouse

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Christian men are having an alarmingly difficult time abstaining from the sexual sins of viewing pornography and committing adultery on their spouses, according to a new national survey. Tragically, married Christian men are failing miserably when it comes to these sins, as 55 percent look at pornography at least once a month and 35 percent cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.

In a joint venture commissioned by Proven Men Ministries and conducted by the Barna Group, researchers found that 77 percent of Christian men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and 36 percent look at it at least once a day. Thirty-two percent of these men admit having an addiction to porn, while 12 percent think they are.

These epidemic numbers infiltrating the Church confirm that much work needs to be done so that marriages, families and the very foundation of American society aren’t undermined by something that the Bible repeatedly warns believers about. Proven Men Ministries founder Joel Hesch, whose biblically based non-profit organization is committed to serve and heal men suffering through sexual sin, believes it’s about time Americans recognize the magnitude of this problem within the Church, so he sponsored the 2014 survey to make them more aware of the severity of the problem.

“These statistics knock the wind right out of you,” Hesch exclaimed. “They also confirm what we already know: that there definitely is a problem with pornography and affairs among Christian men and that they are starving for the Church to step forward with solutions.”

Hesch emphasizes that the devastating numbers aren’t a call to condemnation; but rather a call to action.

“The purpose of the survey was not to point fingers, but to get a better grasp on the scope of the problem in light of ready access to pornography in this Internet era,” Hesch asserts. “It’s abundantly clear that pornography is one of the biggest unaddressed problems in the Church.”

Christian men more mature in age are not much better off than the previously mentioned younger group, as 77 percent of men ages 31 to 49 said they viewed pornography at work within the past few months, while 64 percent admit to looking at it at least once a month. The Barna survey also shows that 18 percent of these men are addicted to porn, with 8 percent indicating that they might be suffering from this addiction.

Born-Agains Any Better?
Researchers point out that those participating in the study include those who consider themselves to be nominal Christians, as well as those professing to be born-again believers. Even though many might think that the sexual sin focused on in the survey is primarily an issue with Christians who aren’t devoted believers … this is far from the case.

Among born-again Christians, an extremely high 95 percent say that they have looked at pornography, with 54 percent indicating that they view it at least on a monthly basis and 44 percent admitting that they saw it at work within the past three months. Twenty-five percent of these firm believers confirm that they hide their Internet browsing history by erasing porn URLs on their computers and electronic devices. Also, about 18 percent of Christian men in this group of born-agains confess that they are addicted to porn, with 9 percent saying they could very well be hooked on the destructive graphic content.

Furthermore, the born-again group proved not much better than the general consensus of Christians that included nominal believers when it comes to infidelity, as nearly a third of the self-proclaimed born-again Christians admitted to having an extramarital sexual affair while they were married.

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SOURCE: One News Now
Michael F. Haverluck

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