Review: Porn in the Pew

Editor Eric Black reviews "Porn in the Pew" by Mark Denison.

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Porn in the Pew: Confronting the Issue Nobody Wants to Talk About

By Mark Denison (Austin Brothers Publishing)

When you go to church, the last thing you want to think about while sitting in a worship service or Sunday school class is the likelihood that someone sitting near you is viewing or is addicted to pornography. Even less do you want to consider that at least one of the ministers on staff is viewing pornography. And yet,  statistics bear witness to the fact that our churches are as engaged with pornography as the rest of the world.

Porn in the Pew is not an exhaustive look at the problem of pornography, but it does provide a comprehensive and succinct report on statistics and how churches can respond. Denison also includes his own story of addiction.

Beyond the scale of pornography use in churches and among Christians, Denison points out the problem of churches remaining silent about pornography. Consider that “62 percent of evangelical men view porn monthly,” “90 percent of children ages 8 to 16 have viewed porn on the internet,” “47 percent of Christian families say porn is a problem in their home,” and “only 7 percent of all churches have a plan of response.”

As a further illustration, a church of 500 people has about 150 men. “One of those 150 men needs a wheelchair ramp. But 93 of those men need help with their porn use,” Denison writes.

Denison provides a place for churches to start their response to pornography by bringing awareness to the scale of the problem, supplying a list of concrete ways churches can minister to people who use pornography, and being courageous enough to tell his own story.

May our churches be equally courageous.

Eric Black, executive director, publisher and editor

Baptist Standard

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