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Is Masturbation a problem? 14pt
Yes! God made the world for us to enjoy -h3
including sex, our strongest drive. But the Devil is using it as a tool to enslave us (especially men), destroying our happiness. 12pt
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Here are the facts, mostly from published data: 10pt
*** Most men masturbate (married or not!) 18pt
80 years ago Kinsey's research team carefully interviewed 10,000 Americans, many of them college students. 90% of men have masturbated. This includes married men with an active sex life.
60% of adult men have masturbated in the past year, especially in their twenties (83% in the past year). h3
In a 2010 survey, more than half of adult women under age 50 reported masturbating in the past 3 months. 36pt
***Most Christian men feel very guilty about it - many are viewing porn videos while masturbating. h1
At a large Christian conference in Hamilton in 2013, most of the (male) audience admitted to problems with porn and masturbation. 50% of them responded publicly to an altar-call offering forgiveness for watching pornography. h2
(Personal observation) h3
Of about 5,000 men at a Promise Keepers conference in Oakville around 15 years ago, over 90% reported internet porn as their biggest problem. h4
(Personal observation) h5
Many men masturbate while watching pornography. In Norway in 2013 63% of men under 50 had watched porn videos.
The problem is so bad in the UK that in 2012*** Prime Minister David Cameron forced major Internet service providers to apply porn filters to all mobile and broadband services. People must choose to opt in or out of porn. The move has proved hugely popular.
Most schoolchildren have viewed pornography.
40% of teenage boys are watching porn regularly. @3
and yet ...
No church sermons mention masturbation! @4
Is there a problem here?
A study in 2014*** found 90% of Canadians aged 8-16 have viewed porn online, usually while doing their homework. 40% per cent of boys in Grades 7-11 seek it out regularly. The numbers are increasing, particularly among teenage boys.
“porn-induced erectile dysfunction” and Reboot Nation site:
@4: church silent
The silence of the Christian church on this subject is astounding, and terrifies Christian men. Some construe it as a total rejection by God and the church. Most of us have never heard any mention of masturbation from the pulpit! Charles*** Spurgeon once prayed publicly over a young man asking God to “deliver him from his disgusting habit”!*** - but offered no further advice.*** ref***
There are occasional exceptions. Leslie Weatherhead, a Methodist*** pastor, wrote a book XXXXXXXX*** in 19***. The Meeting House church (Burlington Ont) recorded a podcast discussion in 2014*** - link***.