According to a report filed by Mira Oberman for Yahoo News on September 11, 2015, a U.S. pastor committed suicide six days after his name was exposed by hackers of the Ashley Madison website.
Unfortunately, this tragic news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who understands the realities of an imperfect church.
Reverend Jonathan Pearson, Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church and co-creator of MillennialLeader.com, states:
“Pornography is the most pervasive and destructive issue facing our generation today.”
We live in a society saturated with sensual images. These images have invaded our homes through print media such as newspapers, magazines, the Internet, cable TV, and network TV. Advancements in technology have led to pornography being more accessible today than it has ever been. Porn can be accessed easily by any web enabled cell phone.
Recent surveys indicate that more than 50% of men and 25% of women within the church are addicted to Internet pornography. This includes, pastors, who are afraid to bring their secret into the light for fear of being fired from their positions or shamed as failures.
But churches need to be places where we can share our brokenness and find restoration, accountability, and healing.
1. People, including staff, should publicly talk about brokenness and how they found healing and restoration.
2. Pastors can create cultures of transparency by talking about their own lives.
3. Pastors should preach about sex and sexually related topics.
4. The church should equip parents to talk to their kids about sex and how to teach their kids about sex. This goes far beyond the “sex talk” and should begin before kids hit ten. Sex education today must include culturally relevant topics like sexual identity in an era of sexual confusion.
5. Pastors should encourage accountability and use of Internet filters, such as Covenant Eyes.
6. Pastors should encourage counseling, and whenever possible, include qualified Christian counselors a part of church staff.
7. The church should encourage spouses to share passwords to all computers, tablets, phones, etc.
For seven steps on how to integrate teaching on sex in your church, CLICK HERE.
Tributes to John Gibson poured in from students and faculty who remembered him as a kind, generous man who repaired students’ vehicles in his spare time.
“John was a popular member of our the college faculty,” seminary president Chuck Kelley said in an obituary posted on the school’s blog.
“He was particularly known for his acts of kindness to the seminary family. He was the quintessential good neighbor.”
Into the Light Miistries offers resources, including seminars and for those within the church who are struggling with porn addiction. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MusicForTheSoul.org also offers resources such as She’s Somebody’s Daughter, a music video that addresses the topic of pornography. Watch a clip HERE.