Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein; renowned CBS journalist Charlie Rose; Today Show icon Matt Lauer; PBS’ Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keiller; celebrity chef Mario Batali; New York Metropolitan Opera’s famed conductor James Levine; award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman; longest serving Congressman John Conyers, etc. etc.. Like dominoes falling, the list of lechers among the rich and powerful continues to grow.
Yet while #MeToo trends on Twitter as countless women come forward with their accounts of experiencing sexual harassment and abuse from those in powerful positions, few are asking what’s causing this epidemic of perversion?
As you might remember from high school, Isaac Newton’s third law of physics tells us that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So look at the following statistics and consider what’s the reaction – the result – of these actions.
In 2016 alone the pornography website Pornhub had 4.6 BILLION hours of viewer traffic. Forty percent of that came from the United States which would equal 221 page views per person in the entire U.S. population. Keep in mind this is only one website in a sea of sewage.
According to a study by Proven Men Ministries, 79% of American men between the ages of 18 and 30 admit to watching porn at least monthly, along with 67% of men between 31 and 49 and half of all men aged 50-68. Thirty percent of younger men say they watch porn every day.
A 2014 study by the Barna Group revealed that 64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month.
The porn industry is worth $97 billion – bringing in more money in a year than the NFL, NBA, and MLB combined. Forget baseball – pornography is now America’s favorite pastime.
With porn’s profits exceeding Hollywood’s, it’s no surprise that Hollywood continues to peddle its own version of erotica.
And the latest salacious offering is the third installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie trilogy –hitting theaters this weekend, right in time for Valentine’s Day.
The pornographic “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, which is referred to as “mommy porn,” centers on graphic sexual themes of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline/Dominance, Sadism and Masochism). These film glamorize sexual violence, abuse, and psychological coercion against women.
As Katherine Blakeman from Nation Center on Sexual Exploitation writes: “As a woman living in the age of #MeToo, I am bewildered by how many of my fellow women like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. …
For a more realistic look at how a sexual encounter between a sexually abusive, egomaniacal multi-millionaire and a young, vulnerable woman would end for the young woman, look no further than George Soros’ hedge fund manager, Howie Rubin.
Rubin allegedly beat and raped three different women in his creepy penthouse BDSM dungeon, according to the lawsuit one woman filed against him.
The details of that case are horrific, so why is Fifty Shades glamorizing this type of abuse as mere entertainment in the age of #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein? …
How is it that women who decry the sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by those listed above, will flock to theaters to watch a woman go through similar degradation on the silver screen?
Yet, as the adage goes, when we point a finger at others, there are three pointing back at ourselves. John Ellis, writing for PJ Media, says it well.
Hollywood is an industry that has, throughout its entire history and without any evidence of slowing down anytime soon, brazenly splashed their rebellion against the Creator of the universe across the movie and TV screens of this nation. And it’s an industry that makes much of its money from professing Christians who love to be entertained.
Tragically, it often appears as if few Christians actually weigh the content and worldview of the pop culture they love against the tenets and commands of their faith. Apparently, in the minds of many Christians, God understands when His command to pursue holiness takes a backseat to an entertaining TV show or movie. After all, Paul’s command in Romans 12:2 is better translated “be not conformed to this world — unless you found a show you want to binge-watch.” Right? …
At the beginning of this article I ask what’s causing this rash of sexual misconduct. “What came first the chicken or the egg?” Is it pornography that created the predators or predators who create a market for pornography?
This time that age old question is easily answered. The root problem isn’t power or pornography; it’s sin. The heart is wicked above all else.
The results of mankind’s sin leads to sexual sin via the casting couch, the pornographer’s studio, our television and computer screens, and within our relationships. The epidemic of pornography must be opposed, but it’s only a symptom – a reaction – of the action of sin within the human heart.
Without submission to God and to His design and parameters for sexuality, abuse will continue; Pornhub will continue; “Fifty Shades of Grey” will continue.
The problem is our sinful nature. The solution is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Join us in Fremont on Friday February 9th at 7 PM or on Saturday the 10th in Grand Rapids at 9 AM. (See bottom of email for location addresses)
On February 9th and 10th we will be featuring Stephen Coughlin. Steve is one of America’s finest truth-tellers, but it has cost him dearly for exposing Islam and its agenda. Steve Coughlin loves America and masterfully warns those who will listen.
Mr. Coughlin “earned recognition as the Pentagon’s leading expert on the Islamic-based doctrines motivating jihadi groups that confront America. He came into demand as a trainer and lecturer at leading commands and senior service staff institutions, including the National Defense University, the Army and Navy War Colleges, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the State Department, and the FBI. So effective were his presentations that some in the special operations community dubbed them “Red Pill” briefings, a reference to an iconic scene in The Matrix. It’s an apt metaphor: once the facts and doctrines are properly explained and understood, there is no going back.” (taken from the back of Catastrophic Failure—a book that was banned by the Obama administration.)
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