Last night I was reading up on some bloggers that I follow and came across Walt Mueller’s post about a new pornography infograph.  If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll have likely noticed I have a man-crush on infographs!   Walt profiled some research from an organization called Fight the New Drug, and although I wouldn’t consider porn to be a ‘new’ addiction, I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of information they have, as well as the digital and user-friendly way in which their site is set up.

You can read Mueller’s blog entry here, and while you’re there, why not browse around and check out the excellent research and info he has available for free on his site.  Here’s what he had to say about the issue of porn before he went on to recommend the Fight the New Drug website.

I’ve been spending the last few days buried in research and writing to update my presentations on the destructive power of pornography. I’m looking forward to speaking on these issues next week at the D6 Conference in Texas and then again next month at the National Youthworkers Convention in San Diego.

Researching this topic is difficult. Like most males (or more realistically “most people”), I have seen and consequently been effected by pornography. I was 12 years old the first time. Digging deeper into just what those effects are is frightening work for many reasons. . . perhaps the most alarming of which is the prevalence and early exposure among younger kids. Then, you start thinking ahead. . . and it’s scary.”

Thankfully there are many resources available online and in print on the subject of pornography addiction, but sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, and how to sort the info and claims out there.  So I checked out the site Walt plugged in his blog and I was very impressed with the content and layout…it was very well done and thought-out.  Now for those of you who are Christians (which there are many that follow my blog), FTND claims no religious affiliation whatsoever, and in fact refer to science as their method of choice in establishing their facts and views.  They also note this on their website.

The reason I bring this up is because very often science and Christianity have not played very well together, and the mere mention of each other’s name can cause severe hissy fits!  Although I generally agree that science is not often an accurate measure of Christian and historical facts, however in this case, science and Christianity would definitely agree with each other!   I haven’t done an exhaustive search into these guys and their work, but from the 40+ minutes I spent surfing around the FTND web community, I see no reason not to recommend this site to anyone concerned with the negative social, relational, emotional, psychological and physiological effects of porn.

Below you can find the infograph Walt Mueller referred to, and I would also recommend you check out The Effects of Pornography tree they have on their site…just scroll over the red dots to reveal further info.
As well, I would encourage you to check out a recent article from XXXChurch- 7 Negative Effects of Porn, which compliments the research from FTND.  Although XXXChurch is a Christian-based ministry and some of the research is from Christians working in the medical and clinical fields, many of the sources they site are of a secular background.

I find this encouraging because it’s givingfurther proof and validation to what the bible has to say re: sexual immorality and impurity.  And like the recent scientific data, the biblical reasons for identifying porn in a negative light isn’t predicated on social or cultural ethics, but on the fact that it’s just plain bad for you…emotionally, socially, relationally, physiologically, psychologically…it just doesn’t produce anything good!

It’s a good thing that it’s not just the Christian voices vying for the public attention, but it’s voices from a broad and extended range of persuasion that are all saying the same thing…porn is destructive, distorts sexual reality, and should be avoided at all costs!  That’s encouraging news to hear, so let’s keep spreading the word and continue to pray for protection on those not-yet exposed, and deliverance for those that have been seduced by the lures of pornography and lust.  In Jesus’ name we speak freedom, victory and healing over generations affected, and believe in faith for chains to fall off forever…Amen!

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