There are two ways to be fooled:
One is to believe what isn’t so; the other is to refuse to believe what is so.
— Søren Kierkegaard —
Our culture (especially in North America) has been deceived into a perspective about our humanity which has empowered the pornography industry to capture and destroy the lives, homes, and children of millions. This deception leads men and women into sexual bondage from which they generally believe there is no escape.
Even those in full-time ministry cannot claim to be free from pornography’s grip. The rate of addiction among pastors is little different than it is among churchgoing men and women. Among the general population somewhere from 50% to 70% admit to periodic involvement in Internet pornography. For clergy it is 33-43%. 1
Generally thought of as a “man’s” stumbling block, the porn industry is making very intentional efforts to capture women as well, and usage of porn by women is on the rise.
Ministries have arisen to address this tragic reality in the lives of those who are crying out for help, and to call others to repentance and victory over their lust.
Unfortunately, from our perspective, these ministries have an abysmal track record for helping people gain true freedom. We believe that is because they do not even challenge the core lies which empower the bondage. In fact, their strategies are developed with the presumption that the lies are actually true.
A strategy based upon a lie will never release those who are in bondage because of that lie.
The lack of real freedom experienced as a result of those erroneous strategies has resulted in a redefinition of what freedom is. “I haven’t looked at porn for two whole weeks!” one might say… and find great accolades from his fellow strugglers! Friends, true freedom is not measured in days. It is measured by the absence of any interest in porn at all; it is the death of the power of the temptation in our lives.
Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32 – NASB)
Obviously, if freedom eludes us, we should re-examine what we believe to be true.
The team of people behind this web site have experienced the kind of real freedom that we’re talking about. We don’t believe it’s just for a few. We don’t believe that it will work only for a few. We know of no other strategy or plan which offers any hope for the kind of freedom we have experienced. It is the work of God through truth in our lives.
Our purpose is to help you understand the lies that drive the porn industry, the same lies that are unwittingly promoted by the church. We want to help you replace those lies with the truth that will set you free. It is that basic.
Welcome to MyChainsAreGone.org. We’re glad you’re here. And we pray that God will use the truths that we share to do the unexpected in your life. He certainly has in ours.
— The MCAG Team
In 2000 Christianity Today survey, 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week.
Out of 81 pastors surveyed (74 males 7 female), 98% had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website
National Coalition survey of pastors. Seattle. April 2000.
March 20, 2007: At a men’s summit in Oregon before 2,000 men, Shelley Lubben of Shelley Lubben Ministries challenged those who were struggling with porn addiction to stand. 30% rose to their feet. She immediately challenged them a second time, with the result that some 70% were standing.
March, 2007: At a small Christian conference in Austria, 75% of the 25 men in attendance admitted to being involved with porn; 50% within the past 6 months.
April 6, 2007: 70% of Christians admitted to struggling with porn in their daily lives. From a non-scientific poll taken by XXXChurch, as reported by CNN.
http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html (2003 statistics)
Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week – 53%
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home – 47%