Your Church Has a Porn Problem

I was reading through a few blogs I never published over the last year. This one caught my eye. 

A scary new trend has begun to infest churches across America. It is the trend of church pornography. The people of the church have begun consuming lustful images of each other. Members dissatisfied with the wife God has called them to have begun to idealize each other’s brides thinking they would be far happier with false the pinups of another church. Once the members begin to consume this kind of religious porn, each member becomes more and more dissatisfied with their own bride since she is not the porn  they have consumed of another church.

 
What are the sultry images we consume?

 


1. Another church’s/ musician’s worship.
This may be the greatest cause of lust in the church. Many churches have convinced themselves that if they had a certain style or quality then they would be a worthwhile place. What happens when you consume the porn of worship lust is that you prevent yourself from actually worshiping God. We make worship conditional on preference. Worship porn prevents good Christians from participating in real worship.  When your heart is consumed by lust of style it will be impossible to approach the throne of God.

2. Another church’s  programs.
In many ways, we have all become consumers of church. We shop for churches like we shop for restaurants. When you grow bored of the menu of the bride you married, you begin to shop around to find a church that offers you the most bang for your buck. As we begin to look at another church’s offerings, we grow more dissatisfied with our own. We lust for what we don’t have, taking for granted what we do. Once the lust of programs consumes us we forget we exist to serve in the church and begin to think the church exists to serve us.                 

 


3.  Another church’s pastor.

God has called pastors to serve His church. When they get up to speak they are called to take the timeless word of God and apply it to the circumstances of the people in their own church. They are called to love, shepherd, and lead the church to follow Jesus. Many pastors lust after their next church and many churches lust after another pastor. When either one becomes infatuated of the playboy image of another the church suffers.  When this lust contaminates the church, both the pastor and the church stop seeing each other through the eyes of love and begin to look for each other’s faults.

Israel struggled in this same way. They had God as their leader but had no king. Lusting after their neighbors, they forsook the fulfillment of God to chase after the lustful image of a king. In a sad step away from God, they settled for an idealized image that would never fulfill them.

 

When the church consumes the porn of music, programs, or pastors they are making the statement that God is not enough.  God gave us music to worship Him with. God gave us programs to serve Him with. God gave us pastors to proclaim His word through.  When we grow dissatisfied with our bride we in turn make God’s gifts into idols to serve ourselves through.


I know I am not perfect. I struggle in many of these areas. I know God’s call for both you and me is to love our church for who she is, not who we want her to be.  Do you love God’s bride, your local church, for who she is? Have you made an idol out of the lustful longings of another’s bride?

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