Thursday, July 26, 2007

I want to declare to you that the pornography industry is more rampant than you may think or realize. I was surfing the web for some statistics yesterday and came across these startling facts. Before I give them to you, I want to begin with a quote from Scripture as our foundation:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

So here goes:
  • At 13.3 billion, the 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined. Worldwide sex industry sales for 2006 are reported to be 97 billion. To put this in perspective, Microsoft, who sells the operating system used on most of the computers in the world (in addition to other software) reported sales of 44.8 billion in 2006. Survey conducted by "Internet Filter Review."
  • The No. 1 search term used at search engine sites is the word “sex”. Users searched for “sex” more than other terms such as "games," "travel," "music," "jokes," "cars," "weather," "health" and "jobs" combined. The study also found that "pornography/porno" was the fourth-most searched for subject. Survey conducted by "Alexa Research."
  • 70% of Christians admitted to struggling with porn in their daily lives (A survey conducted by CNN.com published on April 6, 2007).
  • In 2000 Christianity Today survey, 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week.
  • Out of 81 pastors surveyed (74 males 7 female), 98% had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website (National Coalition survey of pastors. Seattle. April 2000).
  • In a Focus on the Family poll in October 2003, 47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home! (That survey was conducted three years ago and nearly HALF of all families acknowledge that pornography is a struggle in their home! Staggering!).

Let me now give you some mind-blowing time- statistics just to give you a clue as to how pervasive this heinous act is...

Pornography Time Statistics
Every second - $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography
Every second - 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography
Every second - 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines
Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic video is being created in the United States

In the top ten cities in the nation where pornography is most searched on the internet, Californian cities hold two of these top ten!

"Did You Know..."

  • The average age of a child first exposed to internet pornography - 11 years old
  • 90% of 8-16 year olds in the USA have viewed porn online (most while doing their homework

It is my sincere prayer that everyone recognizes the pervasive destruction that this pornographic industry is being effected in American homes (including Christian homes).

Think of these familiar Scriptures:

Genesis 1:27 27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God ... For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

I ask that we boldly pray for these industries and for those who are addicted to this sinful immorality. I trust that there are those who view this blog who struggle with pornography. The good news is, there is a Savior who can overcome any sin, yet, he requires a radical life-change and total commitment.

Matthew 10:38-40 "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 "He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it. 40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

James 4:4 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

2 comments:

your wifey ;-) said...

Honey,

I am so glad that you posted these alarming statistics. I pray that the Lord would be pleased to use them to grab people's attention, as they did mine. For those who struggle with this enslaving sin, I pray that it would encourage them to pursue freedom from this sin, in Christ. For those who don't, I pray that it would encourage them to pray for those who do.

Preach On,

Your Wifey ;-)

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