10:30 PM.  On comes ABC News nighline.  Tag line…”Teens addicted to online pornography at alarming rates.”  The report highlights current statistics.  “7-10  teens have accidentally viewed pornography on-line.”  The investigator acknowledged that pornography has advanced rapidly in the last 25 years.  He stated, “Whereas pornography was once magazine driven, it is now on smartphones, tablets, and yes, at the push of a button.”

It is also anonymous leading a psychologist on the show to say candidly, “We are at the beginning of an epidemic.”  At the beginning?  Internet Pornography has been unleashing an attack for nearly 17 years now.  It is devastating men in their 30’s and 40’s.  This new wave will grow larger and larger as each day goes by and the ages will get younger and younger.

The commentator went on to point out that the consequences range from depression, lying, and isolation.  They failed to mention the enormity of the destruction of shame, promiscuity, and violence.

For four years now, Holding on to Hope has been sounding the alarm.  We have pleaded with churches, schools, and communities to acknowledge the problem is of tsunami proportion and exists in every community.  We are met with silence, disdain, and resistance.  Isaiah 30:9–11  “Because this is a rebel generation, a people who lie, a people unwilling to listen to anything God tells them.  They tell their spiritual leaders, “Don’t bother us with irrelevancies.  They tell their preachers, “Dont waste out time on impracticalities.  Tell us what makes us feel better.  Don’t bore us with obsolete religion, that stuff means nothing to us.  Quit hounding us with The Holy of Israel.”

YES it’s an ugly topic.  YES it’s hard to discuss and present in a public forum.  YES it will take courage and humility to take it on, but there is no choice.  Schools, churches, communities  acknowledge the truth.  Schools, churches, communities  step out of the darkness and fear and start addressing the issue…NOW…Our Lord will take care of the healing…

Thank you ABC for sounding the alarm.  Thank you for recognizing the plague this is on this culture.  Thank you ABC news for stepping up.  It’s time for the rest of us all to sound the alarm.  I pray it grows today. See the entire broadcast at:

About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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