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Your Take: Comments on the Christian crusade against porn
Does it make sense to integrate religion and therapy? Is sexual sin necessarily an addiction?
August 22nd, 2011
03:09 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on the Christian crusade against porn

By Ashley Fantz, CNN

More than 3,000 readers posted comments on our Sunday story about Christian leaders’ assertion that porn is a serious problem facing the church. The story explores a new kind of psychotherapy that uses the Bible to treat porn and sex addiction.

Of course, the vast majority of comments consisted of readers’ insulting each other and making juvenile jokes about sex.

However, several comments questioned the photo illustration of a man reading a Playboy tucked inside a Bible. Many asked if CNN would have used another holy book, such as the Quran, in the same way.

“The staged photo is offensive,” wrote a poster named Tony Zerucha. “If that was a Koran the photographer and editor would be in hiding. That's [the Bible] a holy book whether you agree with its contents and should be respected as such.”

Another poster, Gary, wrote that the image was “a provocative picture that says the 1,000 words that are then outlined in the story…”

Tallulah13 defended the image by telling other posters: “Read the headline. Does it say ANYTHING about muslims? [sic] Context, dear.”

David L. also defended the picture:  “I think the photo is actually pretty telling of the meaning of the article, with a little bit of humor to boot. If you're offended, that's because you're easily offended, and I think you need to lighten up a bit.”

The image incited a few jokes, too. The picture should have the caption: 'To begin this service, let's open to Playboy, August Edition 2011, Page 10...' a poster wrote TheBossSaid.

Several readers agreed with Christian counselors quoted in the story who assert that biblical therapy can help religious addicts in a way that secular psychotherapy cannot. These posters noted that secular 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous have spiritual aspects. Members of AA are asked to turn themselves over to a power greater than themselves.

Others said that prayer shouldn’t be viewed as a panaceafor any addiction, but that religion, prayer and a church community can serve to comfort addicts as they try various additional techniques to get sober.

Heather C wrote: “The church cannot cure anything. People come through the church doors expecting it to be a fix-all… I've seen the pain that people go through with a serious addiction to pornography, but I've also seen where churchgoers get completely out of hand and condemn someone for looking at it once or twice. 

“We're human and we weren't made to be perfect," she said. "And I also believe that science and faith can work together.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Pastors

soundoff (835 Responses)
  1. pampa thompson

    I pray that each Christian finds deliverance through the renewing of the mind and the power of the Spirit to deliver by the blood of the cross of Christ. I pray for spouses and presbytery to be sensitive and compassionate when those who are troubled reach out for help. We as Christians must embrace all that is available, secular, psycological and spiritual to protect and further the future of the Christian Family.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Raj

    It was Christ who said even if you look at another woman with lust, it is adultery. I don't think this level of standard is taught by anyone else other than Christ. He lived as a man living to His words. This is definitely not humanly possible as we are imperfect. So, He also said when the counsellor comes, He will guide you into all truth. Without the help of Holy Spirit it is possible to live a life of heaven on earth. So, Christian life is a life of surrender to God, not just discipline. Bible says "oh taste and see that the Lord is good". You do not need a therapist. Just open the Bible and read. God will help you. He helped me overcome my addictions and live a liberated life. I am not sure but most things marketed globally are just for making money and christian therapy could well be one. But if a person puts the trust is God, He is always there to help!!

    September 9, 2011 at 7:21 am |
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