2007-02-21 - Staggering Numbers
Just to show you how big a deal sexual sin is, here are just some statistics
I have seen.
20% of men admit to accessing pornography at work
22% of men were estimated to have had extramarital affairs as of 1996
Seventy-two percent of all visitors to pornography sites are male. For those
who are quick at math, you'll notice that leaves females as 28% of the visitors.
Other sources have placed the gender ration at 2 to 1. It's not just men;
women struggle with this too.
13% of women admit to accessing pornography at work.
17% of all women struggle with pornography addiction.
14% of women were estimated to have had extramarital affairs as of 1996
Here are some broader statistics without regard to gender.
10% of all adults admit to Internet sexual addiction. These are just those
that admit to being addicts. How many are still in denial?
40,000,000 American adults who regularly visit Internet pornography
Porn isn't just an addiction that is battled by people far outside the
walls of the church. The war is also within the walls.
53% of Promise Keeper men viewed pornography in the last week 53% according
to a survey in 1996
47% of Christians surveyed said pornography is a major problem in the home
50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to
pornography according to the results of a ChristiaNet poll reported by
61% of married Christian men masturbate according to a survey of some 600
Christian men in Dr. Archibald Hart's book, "The Sexual Man".
82% of these have sex with themselves an average of once a week; 10% have
sex with self 5-10 times per month, 6% more than 15 times per month, and
1% more than 20 times a month.
In a letter posted on blazinggrace.com, Chuck Swindoll writes, "The most
recent studies available suggest that one out of every two people - that's
50% of the people sitting in our pews - are looking at and/or could be addicted
to Internet pornography."
It goes all the way to those at the core of the church.
33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site in
a 2000 Christianity Today survey. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53%
had visited such sites "a few times" in the past year, and 18% visit sexually
explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week.
Christianity Today conducted another survey in December 2001 revealing the
51% of pastors surveyed say porn is a temptation.
37% of pastors surveyed say it's currently a struggle
53% of pastors have visited porn sites in the past year
18% of pastors look at porn a couple times a month.
54% of 1,351 pastors surveyed had viewed Internet pornography within the
last year according to a 2002 survey conducted by Pastors.com and 30% of
these had visited within the last 30 days.
These statistics came from familysafemedia.com, blazinggrace.org, xxxchurch.com,
and 1wayout.org. It's just a sampling of the staggering statistics I found.
If you are counted in these numbers, I urge you to seek a way to break free
of the sexual addictions and sin's strong hold on you. If you are suffering
due to the addictions of others, I urge you to pray for God to reveal their
sin to them and empower them to pull away from the siren's seductive call.