Survey: Alarming rate of Christian men look at porn, commit adultery

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Christian men are having an alarmingly difficult time abstaining from the sexual sins of viewing pornography and committing adultery on their spouses, according to a new national survey. Tragically, married Christian men are failing miserably when it comes to these sins, as 55 percent look at pornography at least once a month and 35 percent cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.

In a joint venture commissioned by Proven Men Ministries and conducted by the Barna Group, researchers found that 77 percent of Christian men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and 36 percent look at it at least once a day. Thirty-two percent of these men admit having an addiction to porn, while 12 percent think they are.

Laptopfire 620x300These epidemic numbers infiltrating the Church confirm that much work needs to be done so that marriages, families and the very foundation of American society aren’t undermined by something that the Bible repeatedly warns believers about. Proven Men Ministries founder Joel Hesch, whose biblically based non-profit organization is committed to serve and heal men suffering through sexual sin, believes it’s about time Americans recognize the magnitude of this problem within the Church, so he sponsored the 2014 survey to make them more aware of the severity of the problem.

"These statistics knock the wind right out of you,” Hesch exclaimed. “They also confirm what we already know: that there definitely is a problem with pornography and affairs among Christian men and that they are starving for the Church to step forward with solutions."

Hesch emphasizes that the devastating numbers aren’t a call to condemnation; but rather a call to action.

"The purpose of the survey was not to point fingers, but to get a better grasp on the scope of the problem in light of ready access to pornography in this Internet era," Hesch asserts. "It's abundantly clear that pornography is one of the biggest unaddressed problems in the Church."

Christian men more mature in age are not much better off than the previously mentioned younger group, as 77 percent of men ages 31 to 49 said they viewed pornography at work within the past few months, while 64 percent admit to looking at it at least once a month. The Barna survey also shows that 18 percent of these men are addicted to porn, with 8 percent indicating that they might be suffering from this addiction.

Born-agains any better?

Researchers point out that those participating in the study include those who consider themselves to be nominal Christians, as well as those professing to be born-again believers. Even though many might think that the sexual sin focused on in the survey is primarily an issue with Christians who aren’t devoted believers … this is far from the case.

Among born-again Christians, an extremely high 95 percent say that they have looked at pornography, with 54 percent indicating that they view it at least on a monthly basis and 44 percent admitting that they saw it at work within the past three months. Twenty-five percent of these firm believers confirm that they hide their Internet browsing history by erasing porn URLs on their computers and electronic devices. Also, about 18 percent of Christian men in this group of born-agains confess that they are addicted to porn, with 9 percent saying they could very well be hooked on the destructive graphic content.

Furthermore, the born-again group proved not much better than the general consensus of Christians that included nominal believers when it comes to infidelity, as nearly a third of the self-proclaimed born-again Christians admitted to having an extramarital sexual affair while they were married.

A representation of an entire nation

Barna also found that figures for a nationally representative sample show that sexual sin is something with which Americans from all backgrounds struggle. It found that the same percentage of men in mainstream American commit adultery on their spouses (35 percent), with 17 percent of women engaging in extramarital affairs themselves.  Also discovered in the recent survey is that 75 percent of men who admitted to cheating on their wives also confessed that they had more than one affair, with 31 percent of them saying they had more than five. This infidelity was found to have common roots.

working at a computer"The rate of extramarital affairs appears to have a correlation to frequency of viewing pornography," Hesch proclaimed. "A married person who views porn several times a month is ripe to have an affair.”

Hesch presented more stats to prove the destructive path on which pornography leads spouses.

“Specifically, another part of the survey showed that 40 percent of married men watch porn at least several times a month, which compares to 35 percent of married men having affairs,” Hesch reported. “Similarly, 22 percent of married women view porn at least several times a month and 17 percent of married women have affairs. The survey also shows that twice as many married men have affairs as married women, which corresponds to twice as many married men watching porn as married women."

Kicking sin out the door, identifying the roots of the problem

Hesch, who battled with sexual addiction for two decades before breaking free, intimately knows the struggles that Christians face today, and he has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to steer men away from sexual sin — and toward purity and fidelity — through his biblically based program called the Proven Path for Sexual Integrity.

"We are now taking the Proven Path directly to churches with the goal of helping one million Christian men experience freedom and victory from pornography and sexual addiction," Hesch shared, announcing his attempt to turn the tables on the foreboding statistics sweeping through churches from coast to coast.

Hesch’s compassion for Christian men immersed in sexual sin has led him to start a movement geared toward mending their broken lives and healing their families. He calls pastors to no longer ignore or gloss over the epidemic paralyzing so many churches across the nation by encouraging Christian men to wage war on the plague of sexual sin that has ravaged so many areas of their lives — especially their marriages and their families.

“If these statistics break your heart like they break mine, then it's time to join with me and other Proven Men around the nation in taking a stand to reverse the tide and reclaim sexual integrity for yourself and for each man in your church or community,” Hesch exhorted Christian men struggling with sexual sin. “Together we can change the world one man, one family, and one church at a time."

Hesch contends that pornography is most often a symptom of dissatisfaction — a deteriorating state of one’s marriage where one seeks fulfillment from someone other than one’s spouse.

"We should not be shocked that marriages are crumbling through affairs because the majority of married men are regularly viewing pornography," Hesch concludes. "It is little surprise that the more frequently a married person looks at porn, which is often a form of sexually fantasizing about someone other than their spouse, the more likely they will act upon their fantasy through a sexual affair."

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