First, just so you will have a point of reference, this is a growing concern among clergy. Almost one of every seven calls we receive on our Pastoral Care Line is regarding Internet pornography. Some pastors are just dabbling, some are headed down the road to addiction and some are crying for help trying to break free from the addiction.
We are seeing this problem as a growing epidemic nationally. There are several factors that make this a particularly pervasive sin:
There are a number of directions we can suggest for dealing with this dangerous sin:
"Pastors and Addiction" (CS957) A Focus on the Family broadcast audiocassette
"Overcoming Sexual Addiction" (PC94F) A set of audiocassettes from our Pastor to Pastor series
"When Sex Becomes Addiction" (LF194) A short booklet
False Intimacy (BK895) A book by a leading counselor on sexual issues
"Dangers of the Internet" (PC00G) A set of audiocassettes from our Pastor to Pastor series
Pastoral Care Directory (PC025) A resource directory for ministers and their families
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.