Practically, let’s talk about when and how pastors can guide dating or engaged couples through difficult conversations about past sexual sin.
Local churches ought to be the “safest space” for Christians to confess sins in general and sins tied to pornography in particular.
We need to foster better, more vertical accountability in our churches. How do we do that?
Can we restore pastors after sexual sin?
At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?
If porn goes unchecked, the corporate consequences will be pervasive.
What would it mean to fight pornography together? What would it look like to cultivate a culture where leaders and members help one another?
The sting of pornography has struck many marriages. The way forward can feel confusing and demoralizing. But there’s hope.
“Men, what do you view on your screens when no one is watching?” This question will bury some women in shame.
Unfortunately, many young people don’t remember a time without unlimited access to pornography.
Pastor, are you regularly indulging in pornography and rationalizing to yourself why it’s okay for you to do that? If that describes you, then you are in danger.
The question I want us to consider is this: how do we discern whether or not a pastor who sins with pornography is disqualified?
When a church member first confesses pornography consumption, they’re usually relieved to admit their battle and get help in their fight.
Pornography flourishes under the right conditions—within a broader ecosystem of sins, struggles, and situations. It never operates in isolation.
When a pastor has disqualified himself from his ministry, is he disqualified from ministry altogether? If so, for how long? Forever? Can he ever be restored? If so, how soon?