She can’t expect to be perfected overnight, and she shouldn’t expect her struggle with porn to disappear overnight either. Pastors need to remind women that they do have to take action in order to be free from life-dominating sin. After you’ve established a safe environment by (1) offering hope by encouraging her that she’s not alone or weird in this struggle, (2) helping her understand the process of sanctification, and (3) guiding her to take prayerful action, you can wisely and gently encourage the woman with these biblical action points to help her in overcoming pornography use.Encourage her to pray and take action: In biblical passages such as Ephesians –24 and Colossians 3:5–14, we learn that believers have a role and responsibility to play in gradually becoming more like Christ. Confess her sin: First, the woman needs to confess her sin.Pornography addiction is typically classified as a man’s problem.But we recently interviewed Rachel Coyle, a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, about the prevalence of pornography use among women.It’s more common than you might think, and here’s how the church can help.
But she also needs to understand that sanctification is a process. Prayer is a great starting place, but it doesn’t end there.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” That’s encouraging for anyone who feels hopeless because it reminds us that in Christ, we do have hope for overcoming sin.
There have been some statistics published online, for example, Covenant Eyes.com, but they tend to be limited to visual forms of pornography and don’t include the numbers of women who are using nonvisual sources, such as graphic reading material like romance novels, magazines, and Internet articles.
If those sources of pornography are taken into consideration, then I think the numbers of women who struggle with pornography would skyrocket.
Those nonvisual materials produce the same results in the mind and body as visual stimulation does.