Ron Jeremy takes time out of his busy schedule to stop in at XXX Church

Ron Jeremy takes time out of his busy schedule to stop in at XXX Church

XXXChurch.com. When you first hear it you may think it’s a pornographic website. A provocative photo of Ron Jeremy, the elder statesman of the pornographic industry, doesn’t help that initial impression. However, what seems sinister on the surface is actually an outreach ministry to people who work in the sex industry as well as those consumers of the sex industry. In reality, Craig Gross, the founder of XXXChurch, and Ron Jeremy happen to be good friends. They’ve spent time travelling together to various colleges debating one another about the merits of the pornographic industry. Craig Gross wanted to be a pastor after seeing the widespread usage and negative effects of pornography on his youth group. Now he and others tread deeply into the pornographic industry in hopes of pulling people out. Craig Gross has pinpointed a cancer in our society which we need to eradicate. Why? Because the sex industry is destructive to consumers, to their families, and to those who are in the industry.

Destructive to Individuals

The average user of pornography is a middle-aged married male. The idea that he may be harming himself and others through his secretive solicitation of a stripper, prostitute, or watching pornography from the comfort of his home has not likely occurred to him. Here’s some food for thought, though: The dopamine release associated with this “risky” behavior can alter his brain chemistry creating addiction-type changes akin to drug use. These changes affect the way he sees the world around him, how he views himself, and can even alter his personality. The ever-accelerating drive to satisfy the addiction will drives his sexual tastes into ever-increasingly shocking territory which can include a taste for material that crosses sexual orientation boundaries. Some of the common side effects of pornography use include weakened impulse control, cravings for porn, and most importantly, impotence in real sexual situations (both men and women).

Destructive to Families

Not only is this man hurting himself, he’s destroying his marriage. Forty-one percent of surveyed adults admitted they felt less attractive due to their partner’s pornography use. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said more than 50% of all divorce cases (back in 2002) cited excessive interest in online pornography as a contributing factor to divorce. Why is this? Viewing pornography is tantamount to infidelity. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (5:27-28). When one spouse is focusing their sexual excitement and attention on someone outside the marriage, they are being unfaithful to their marriage, and the results are the destruction of their families.

Destructive to those in the Industry – Particularly Women and Children

Our average male who consumes the sex industry product likely doesn’t care about the people he’s using to get his high. But the reality is the vast majority of people in the sex industry are not in it because it’s their chosen profession. 89% of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means of survival. Of the 2.8 million children who run away each year, 1/3rd are captured and lured into prostitution or pornography within 48 hours of leaving home. The average age of a prostitute in the U.S. is 12-14 years old. 73% of women in prostitution have been raped more than five times. As a result, depression among women in the sex industry is nearly three times that of women not in it. Moreover, women in the industry are more likely to live in poverty, to experience domestic violence, and to be raped. Women in the sex industry are faced with higher rates of drug addictions, sexually transmitted diseases, violent assaults, and mental health problems, (to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), than the general population.
How big is the problem? The sex industry eclipses the revenues of the NFL, NBA, and MLB combined. Twenty five percent of all daily search engine requests are for pornographic sites and 72 million people visit adult sites per month. As Christians, we are the light of the world. And yet our light is being dimmed by this cancerous sin. If you or someone you know is a sex addict or involved with the sex industry, please take a stand. Understand what it’s doing not only to you, but to others. Seek help. Make a difference. Here are a few resources for you to begin:

Links

covenanteyes.org (An internet accountability tool)
fightthenewdrug.com (A website dedicated to the elimination of Pornography)
mattfradd.com (Catholic Apologist devoted to promoting Sexual Purity)
theporneffect.com (A website coming soon aimed at combating Pornography)
iamatreasure.com (Aimed to help survivors from the Sex Industry)
wearecherished.com (Aimed to help women in the Sex Industry)
saa-recovery.org (Sex Addicts Anonymous)
sexualaddiction.org (Help for Sex Addicts)

For Statistics and some of the science behind this, please see:
http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3050060/
http://iamatreasure.com/about-us/statistics/

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