What parent hasn’t heard that line from his or her child? Of course, we all know the common response. “If everyone was jumping off the roof, would you want to do that, too?”
One of the reasons porn addicts give for their habit is, “Everyone is doing it.” And they are nearly right. To be exact, we know that 62 percent of evangelical men in America admit to “doing it” – watching porn on at least a weekly basis.
Paul rebuked Christians who “followed the ways of this world” (Ephesians 2:2).
I suggest you rise above what “everyone is doing.” Find your purpose. Spend time with someone who can fuel your recovery. And when you find yourself doing what everyone else is doing, it will probably be time to change course.
Recovery Step: Do something today that most of the people you know are not doing.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.