Belfast Telegraph

Belfast P Word conference: Porn addiction ruining lives, warns church gathering

By Cate McCurry

Some of Northern Ireland’s church representatives have heard how pornography addiction can damage relationships and communities.

Dozens of Christians came together to discuss tackling pornography yesterday, which they say is impairing congregations and communities.

Leading experts spoke at the P Word conference at Belfast Bible College.

The group heard from a young Christian woman who was addicted to porn for 11 years and struggled to overcome the obsession for two years.

Bethany MacDonald revealed how she battled porn addiction for most of her teenage and university years.

Speakers from the Naked Truth Project revealed how porn addiction took over their lives and ruined relationships, with some watching online pornographic videos up to four times a day.

Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) hosted the event alongside the Naked Truth Project in a bid to help church members understand the “social cost” of porn and offer advice to address porn in their churches.

CARE’s Churches Development Officer for Northern Ireland, Tim Houston said: “Pornography has never been more accessible, affordable, anonymous or addictive.

“Pornography use is widespread in our communities, including in our churches, and we need to address it, due to the damaging impact it can have on those who watch it.

“Christians have a long reputation of standing up against harmful norms that have become commonplace in society today.

“This is another issue that we will not only speak out on, but partner with church leaders to equip them to talk about why we should tackle pornography addiction and pastor people through it.

“P Word resources the church to understand the social costs of pornography and gives leaders the tools needed to address the issue back in their churches and communities, leading to long term, positive change.”

The group also heard how more than half of divorce cases cite porn addiction as the reason behind the split.

Meanwhile, 95% of born-again Christians admitted to viewing porn, while only 7% of churches have programmes to help those struggling with porn.

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