What's the Big Deal with Porn? - Sean McDowell; SLU Webinar Series

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This presentation is the 3rd installment of SLU's Think BIGGER webinar series. The speaker, Sean McDowell, discusses pornography as it relates to being a Christian and the impact it can have on a person's mind. This presentation is a summary of his discussion and serves as a basic reference tool for the webinar, which can be viewed at: webinar.studentleadership.net.

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What's the Big Deal with Porn? - Sean McDowell; SLU Webinar Series

  1. 1. Statistics • 42.7% of all Internet users view pornography • Every second 28,258 Internet users view porn • 2.5 billion pornographic emails sent every day • U.S. annual porn revenue is about $13 billion • Worldwide porn revenue is about $100 billion
  2. 2. Pornography Today • Porn has seeped into our culture in a way that it hasn’t in the past • Fifty Shades of Grey book series has made porn more appealing to women – 30% of porn is viewed by women
  3. 3. The 3 Biggest Myths About Pornography: It doesn’t affect me. I’ll quit later. I’m not hurting anybody.
  4. 4. How Does Porn Affect You? • Porn teaches that someone is an object to be used for your pleasure – It reduces a man/woman to their physical parts, to the absence of the spirit, the relationship, and of the emotions
  5. 5. The Script of Pornography • Pornography creates a script of how you’re supposed to engage in relationships – Sex is best experienced outside of a loving relationship – All women want sex from men – Women like all sexual acts men perform/demand – Any woman who doesn’t realize this can be persuaded with a little force
  6. 6. Can You Quit Later? • If you cannot control your sexual urges now, you will not be able to control them when you get married • As someone looks at a pornographic magazine or movie, they start to form pathways in their brains and they associate sexual pleasure with those images
  7. 7. Pornography & Brain Chemicals • Dopamine – “Reward” chemical that makes us feel good for taking risks – Same chemical that is released when drugs are taken • Oxytocin – “Bonding” hormone that triggers feelings of trust in women – Watching porn damages the chemical so it’s no longer there in the way God designed it to be • Vasopressin – “Monogamy” molecule that causes bonding in males
  8. 8. Are You Hurting Anybody? • Our culture has bought into this idea that we can do whatever we want as long as we don’t hurt anybody else • The wrong things we do ALWAYS hurt somebody • Even if it just hurts us right now, it will affect us in our relationships with other people
  9. 9. How to Win the Battle with Porn • Find a way to help those who are trapped in the pornographic industry • Commit your life to teaching biblical sexuality to the church • Two essential spiritual weapons – True desire for God to heal you and work in your life – Realization that you cannot do it by your own strength
  10. 10. Pornography is one of the hardest addictions to break. It’s not humans who break it, it’s the power of God alone.

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