At alarming rates, today’s youth and young adults are being exposed to pornography often and at very young ages. Parents cannot realistically build the “impregnable bubble.” The fact is that nearly 100% of our youth and young adults have been exposed to pornography.
The challenge is that the messages that the culture provides of pornography are directly contrary to what parents, church leaders, and the Bible say about sex, intimacy, and marriage. The messages that are being heard are destructive both in the short and long-term. The messages of pornography are simply lies. They promise freedom, satisfaction, and fullness of life but deliver bondage and brokenness.
Parents and church leaders must face the reality that “sex education is taking place all the time.” The only question is the source! If we do not talk regularly about the truth of marriage, sex, and intimacy, pornography will win the day. So open honest dialogue is the key. There must be a balance of truth and grace. We must ask questions; not act like we have all the answers.
The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP), which began in 1986, has been actively involved in uniting people of many faith groups against the issues of pornography. The International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) has been a member of this group for several years.
In an effort to raise awareness and help the church address these issues, RAPP and the IPHC will offer another free webinar on November 14 dealing with the concerns of pornography. The Challenge will present practical steps that can be taken to help youth and young adults face the reality of our pornified culture and have victory. We will present a realistic approach to the problem with help for parents and church leaders in addition to the steps that the youth and young adults need to take to have victory.