Summary: How to be free of Sexual Sin - Men’s Message
A Blueprint for Purity
a. Good evening guys, it is always a pleasure to come and share from God’s Word. When Lynn gave me this chance this evening I was excited to come and speak to you guys on this topic. It is a subject that is near to my heart. Because when you think about it -
b. The lack of sexual purity in our society today is a plague that has flourished into a full-blown epidemic. The free love message of the sixties has degraded into outright hedonism in the late nineties. As Christian men, we seem to be awash in a world filled with sensuality. You can’t drive down the freeway or watch a baseball game on television without being inundated with provocative imagery. As a society we have become de-sensitized to provocative and sexually explicit images. Lust, sensuality, pornography, whatever you want to call it has a death grip especially on men from 11 year olds to men married with children.
c. If you don’t think that my last statement was true, let me give you a few statistics.
d. Pornography is a $13 billion dollar a year industry. More than all revenues generated by Rock-n-Roll and Country music, more than America spent on Broadway productions, theater, ballet, jazz and classical music combined."
e. In 2000 pornography web-site revenues were 2 billion dollars.
f. There are 200,000 porn sites on the web - with an estimated 200 new sites
Everyday. In e-commerce or business transacted over the internet, porn is by far the largest grossing. Christianity Today reported recently that online stock trading, one of the few profitable e-commerce sectors, has typical profit margins of about 0.2 percent. It pales in comparison to porn site profits, which often reach 30 percent.
g. Make no mistake - pornography is big business. Like any other business they are trying to expand their profits, and break into new markets. The new market that is opening up to them is our children.
h. 25% of porn sites have brand names (Barbie, Disney, Nintendo, nba...) in their metatags (these are hidden keywords to make the pages pop up in search engines) they are designed to attract hits from younger viewers using search engines like yahoo or google.
i. According to a study by NetValue, children spent 65 percent more time on pornography sites than they did on game sites in September 2000. Over one quarter (27.5%) of children age 17 and under visited an adult web site, which represents 3 million unique underage visitors. Of these minors, 21 percent were 14 or younger and 40 percent were female.
j. Where are these kids’ parents, you ask? They are watching TV, reading a book, and just basically ignoring what their kids are doing online. They are being quiet right?!? They are out of your hair, so why bother? A different study said 62% of parents of American teenagers say they’re unaware their children had accessed objectionable web sites.
k. What is even more troubling to me, than the pornography industry targeting our kids is how widespread it is in the church.