I had a hard time believing that half the men in the church would really be accessing porn, so early 2004 I asked the church where we attended at the time if they would be willing to take a survey. They agreed, and in the survey we asked the men "when was the last time you looked at pornography?" The church was made up mostly of young families, and the idea that many of the husbands and fathers I sat next to every Sunday were dabbling in porn... I couldn't comprehend it. Surely, I thought, the numbers would be lower. It can't be half, not in my church.
Of those who responded, here's what came back:
- 25% had viewed porn within the past month
- 44% within the past 6 months
- 61% within the past year
Pornography is corrupting the church and destroying our nation; without action the problem will only get worse.
— Anonymous Pastor