How to Avoid Secret Temptations
BY DANIEL HENDERSON
Research shows that 60% of Christian men are addicted to pornography, and it is destroying many families. It easily creates a life pattern of deception, and it is a pathway to infidelity.
Here are some practical ways to help you avoid pornography:
– Read your Bible daily and ask God for His supernatural help each day.
– Every time you struggle, confess it immediately.
– Ask your spouse to immediately trash mail-order catalogs that contain semi-nude images.
– Start a Bible study group using resources from wvvw.strategicrenewal.com.
– Take an 8×10 photo of your family with you when you travel and place it on top of the television in your hotel room.
– Ask housekeeping to remove the television from your room.
– Get rid of TV in your home; if you keep your TV don’t get cable; if you get cable, ask your wife to block all questionable programming, using a password of her choice.
– Immediately change the channel whenever something questionable comes on.
– Before watching movies, screen them at www.screenit.com or www.kids-in-mind.com.
– Get rid of your computer; if you keep it, locate it in an open place where others can always see the screen, and install software to block questionable content.
– Download the free program X3watch, which sends the addresses of all the Web pages you visit to an accountability partner. (See www.xxxchurch.com).
– Place pictures of your family and others you respect around your computer.
– Find an accountability partner and be completely honest about your problem.
– Join a men’s group where you can talk openly and prayerfully about this issue.
If your struggle is deep, see a biblical counselor right away, no matter how much time or money it takes.
Excerpted from Think Before You Look, by Daniel Henderson.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”