Internet pornography problem for many pastors

United States: internet pornography problem for many pastors

Douglas, Carol Anne

Internet pornography is a personal problem for 37 percent of pastors, according to a recent Christianity Today magazine survey. The study also found that 75 percent of churches provide their entire staff with unquestioned access to pornography.

The problem of pornography addiction among pastors is so extensive that Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group led by James Dobson, started a Web site aimed at helping church leaders with this problem.

Eric Reed, the managing editor of Leadership, a magazine for Protestant clergy, said that some pastors were surprised by the results of the Christianity Today survey.

“They said, ‘Wow, I’m surprised the numbers are so low,'” Reed said.

The Christianity Today study also found that over 50 percent of men attending “Promise Keepers” looked at pornography within the week prior to the conference. Promise Keepers is a non-membership organization for men committed to, among many other things, “practicing spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity” and “building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values,” according to its Web site.

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