“Porn helps!”

That is what porn tells you.  Porn helps you unwind.  Porn helps you relax.  Porn helps you pass the time.  Porn helps you feel good.  Porn helps your sex life.  Porn is just a past time that doesn’t hurt anyone.

But those are lies.

The truth is that porn hurts.  As you can see in the video “Get Real About the Wreckage”, porn hurts spouses, girlfriends, fiancés, future spouses, your body, my family, and God himself.  And that’s not all.  Consider the truth about the damage porn does to our world and to the kingdom of God:

Porn hurts our kids.

Why are the children of America immersed in scenes of sexual immorality from the youngest age?  Why are some of their earliest exposures to sexual norms not heart-to-heart conversation with mom and dad, but rather graphic and violent depictions of sex where women are pressured into intercourse and then verbally and physically abused during it?  Why are so many children enslaved in international sex rings?  Why will our children receive thousands of messages that sex is divorced from any sort of intimacy, selflessness, and commitment, the very opposite of God’s beautiful design for sexuality?

The answer is porn.

The reason porn assaults our children is because we support it.  The everywhere-you-look presence of porn only exists because porn is profitable.  Why?  Because people, perhaps just like you, support it with every click, every page view, and every link.  You don’t have to pay for it.  You just have to view it.  The damage is done.

Child pornography is not the only porn that hurts kids.  All porn hurts kids.

Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”  Jesus’ harsh words remind us that to lead a child into temptation is not an insignificant thing.

Porn hurts porn stars.

The way she looks at the camera, you might think she is actually enjoying this.  Maybe these men and women are just hyper-sexual people who can have fun on camera and make a few dollars, too.  Maybe porn helps porn stars.

Not exactly.

Consider the multiple ways in which porn puts porn stars to death:

One professional male porn star, with a resume of over 600 films and 3,000 women, admitted, “Every professional in the porn-world has herpes.”  Dr. Sharon Mitchell confirmed the physical damage when she attested, “66% of porn performers have herpes, 12-28% have an STD, and 7% have HIV.”  Porn hurts porn stars physically.

Morever, porn actress Erin Moore admits, “We binged on ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, xanax, valium, vicodin, and alcohol.”  How else could one endure the growingly graphic and degrading scenes that are common in modern porn?  Former actress Tanya Burleson confesses, “Guys are punching you in the face…It’s never ending.  You’re viewed as an object—not as a human with a spirit.  People do drugs because they can’t deal with the way they’re being treated.”

Did you catch that?  “You’re viewed…not as a human with a spirit.”  Imagine what happens after the director says, “Cut.”  Picture this sexy star shooting up just to numb the pain.  Visualize the shame in her eyes as she tries to find the spirit inside the “object” she has now become.  Listen to her thoughts as she tries to convince herself she matters to God despite what she is about to do for the thousandth time once the cameras start rolling again.

So, don’t let the orgasmic look confuse you.  Porn hurts porn stars emotionally.

But, most importantly, porn hurts porn stars spiritually.  The Scriptures warn, “The marriage bed should be kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”  Those who don’t repent of their sexual sin will face the judgment of God.  But with every click, the paychecks increase and the temptation to stay increases with it.

The Apostle Paul encourages Christians, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.”  Christians have a duty to help those caught in the lies of Satan and the patterns of sin.  Porn does just the opposite.  It enables and encourages actors and actresses to keep on sinning.

Porn hurts porn stars.

Porn hurts the Great Commission.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28).  In that regard, the Apostle Paul teaches us to “regard no one from a worldly point of view.”  In other words, we should see every person on this planet as a fallen sinner who is loved by God so much that he sent Jesus to save them.  Every person is infinitely more than a body.  They are souls that God adores. God wants them all to hear the message of his grace so they can believe and be saved.

But porn ruins that.

Porn makes people forget about souls.  Our minds focus on hips and chest instead of soul and spirit.  Our eyes go back for a second look in order to lust, not to love.

Does she know Jesus?  The porn-trained brain could care less.  She is hot…and, in the world of porn, that’s all that matters.  So, we look again.  Does he go to church to hear about his Savior?  What does that matter when he can dothat on screen?

Porn kidnaps the brain and takes the eyes captive and uses God’s creation as a tool for wickedness.

Porn hurts the mission God has given to his church.

In conclusion, we must remind ourselves what porn never mentions—Porn hurts.  Porn hurts your significant other, your body, my marriage, your faith, God himself, children, porn stars, and God’s work in this world.  So, get real about the wreckage and realize that porn hurts.