In our last post, Is Your Husband Depressed?, Archibald Hart (Ph.D., FPPR., Senior Professor of Psychology and Dean Emeritus Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary) explains testosterone induced depression in men and its remedy. He says that Christian men in particular are susceptible to this malady because of an over-sensitive conscience and the absence of adequate teaching in the church.
Dr. Hart goes on to state, “The greatest challenge facing the Christian church in this twenty first century lies in the realm of sexuality. And it is men, especially ‘good’, Christian men, who face the greatest challenge.”
It’s worth repeating, “The greatest challenge facing the Christian church in this twenty first century lies in the realm of sexuality.”
We tend to agree and that’s why we wrote our books. It’s time for the church to take on this challenge.
- 68 percent of church-going men and over 50 percent of pastors view porn on a regular basis.
- Christian adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively search for porn.
- 59 percent of pastors said that married men seek their help for porn use.
- Only 13 percent of self-identified Christian women say they never watch porn – 87 percent of Christian women have watched porn.
- 57 percent of pastors say porn addiction is the most damaging issue in their congregation.
- 69 percent of pastors say porn has adversely impacted the church.
- Only 7 percent of pastors say their church has a program to help people struggling with pornography.1
How can we address the church’s greatest challenge of the 21st Century? Dr. Hart gives us some guidelines (our editorial summary in parentheses).
• To begin with, we need to acknowledge our need for divine intervention. (Pray)
• We must help the church at large to break the veil of silence that shrouds sexuality. (Teach)
• Couples need help in addressing sexual problems as early as possible in their marriages. (Sex Counseling and Therapy)
Pray – Teach – Counsel
Praying, teaching, and counseling is the work of the church. Our greatest challenge is sexuality; therefore, it makes sense that the church should major on praying, teaching, and counseling about sex to singles and marrieds alike. As Paul says in Ephesians 5:13,14 …
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
There’s no time like the present to shed light on this dark silence in the church. You can help. Talk to your church leadership about praying, teaching and, counseling on sexuality from the Bible.
There is hope but only as we illuminate the darkness with the truth.
Blessings, René and Gloria