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More Common Myths of Pornography Use

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Recently, we explored three of the most common myths of pornography use, as we originally shared in our writings in the RelateStrong | Leadership Series eBook.

Here we dive into three more myths of pornography use, and the universal truths that shed light on its true effects.

Myth #1: When you get married, porn viewing / addiction will stop.

It has been said that marriage is a mirror to our deepest secrets and flaws; not the cure-all for them. In fact, watching porn makes us want to consume even more, perpetuating an endless cycle of lying, hiding and secrecy.

When partners discover porn, it is a devastating betrayal to them.

Myth #2: Porn is a tool for a fulfilling sex life.

Because pornography is such an unrealistic portrayal of sexual intimacy, consuming it decreases our sexual satisfaction, disconnecting us from real relationships. It has also been found to be a precursor to marital sexual dissatisfaction and divorce.

Myth #3: Church members are less likely to have a problem with porn.

Addiction is not reserved for passersby on the street. It very much affects those within church walls. But with a "code of silence" around pornography use, it can be that much harder for those struggling to seek help.

Healing from pornography rarely happens without support from others, and restoration must take place in the context of relationship — a service the church is here for.

Church Leaders: How to Respond
Break the code of silence around pornography use. Check out the Pornography section in our free eBook for helpful, research-backed insights and practical applications to address and combat pornography with your church.