What to Do When a Christian Struggles with Porn Addiction

What to Do When a Christian Struggles with Porn Addiction

When a Christian struggles with pornography addiction, it may be challenging to know how best to approach the situation. Find out some tips for knowing how best to engage a loved one who is Christian and wrestles with a porn addiction.

A Christian Partnership

When two Christians are married or in a partnership, a pornography addiction can get in the way of healthy intimacy and relating to one another. Forgiveness is a deeper part of an intimate connection where no walls exist between two people. Pornography can create walls and barriers to success in this regard. If two people are truly accountable in a relationship, there should be no secrets or shame about moving beyond addiction to redemption and healing.

Divorce and Average Marriages

The reality of the times is that an average Christian marital relationship can experience divorce like any other. Frequently attending church does help sustain marriages but married adults now divorce two-and-a-half times as often as adults did 20 years ago. Between 40%-60% of new marriages will eventually end in divorce. The probability is that children born into such marriages may end up living with a stepparent sometime down the road.

Pornography=Affair

Women see the whole pornography issue in a different light than men. Understanding why it is hard begins with seeing that women feel pornography violates the idea of an intimate partnership as if the person committed an affair. Trust will become a huge issue going forward and hardest to overcome of all the burdens pornography addiction places on a marriage. Vital for healing will be counseling to help address the issue head on.

Seek Guidance

Confronting the issue of addiction with wisdom and discernment is of deepest concern. A person who seeks guidance prior to confession may have a better chance of salvaging the relationship. It is important to consider all the issues and how to gain wisdom from scriptural literacy and biblical principles when approaching this from the Christian perspective.

Be Open

Without the kind of openness required of a marriage, particularly through an addiction such as pornography, the issue may continue to be unresolved. Communication lines must remain open and the person with addiction must be open to change. Learning how to solve this problem as a couple is important to sustaining the marriage and making sure everyone has their needs met through the process, including seeking the necessary help for addiction that is sometimes required to help overcome the bondage it can create.

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