Kids, Teens, & Pornography

2012 D6 Conference

In this 45 minute session from the 2012 D6 Conference, Sean McDowell, author and popular conference speaker, debunks three popular myths about pornography and its impact on people.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Sean gave considerable statistics on the prevalence and impact of pornography in our culture today. He said:

  • 42.7% of the population use porn.
  • 28,258 internet users per second view porn. 
  • Porn revenue is over $100 billion. 
  • 2.5 billion pornographic emails are sent every day.
  • 86% men interact with porn at least once a month.
  • Half of all men watch porn weekly.
  • 30% of porn is viewed by women.

Statistics would indicate that a large percentage of the people in our own churches are struggling with pornography. What are you doing to address this very important issue in your church? Who should this message be targeted for (adults, teens, men, women, etc.) and why?
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Sean outlined the three myths about pornography:

  1. Viewing it doesn't affect me. 
  2. I'll quit later. 
  3. I'm not hurting anyone.

Sean does a convincing job debunking these myths. How can we get at the heart of the issue? How can you share this message with your congregation?
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Sean makes a bold statement, that we have to get rid of the lie that if you pray about it God will take the temptation away. How can you create an atmosphere of grace and accountability in your church that will allow people to feel safe enough to confess their porn addictions and get help? If you don't have them in place already, how will you create mentor relationships and support groups to help people struggling with porn?
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Sean ends by saying that he's already talked with his 8 year old son about pornography. How do you feel about that? Is that too early, too late, just right? When do you think you should bring up the topic of porn with a child? Why?
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Pornography is a huge issue facing almost everyone in our country today. Take some time to consider how you'll tackle this issue with your congregation. It takes tact to bring up this sensitive topic and get people on the road to restoration without making them feel crushed with guilt.  

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