by Duane Bemis

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Pornography, the Plague of Darkness
Duane Lee Bemis


I was ten years old when my eyes were introduced to topless women and I just could not get my eyes and heart to stop looking. I looked at January, February, and then March. But I still found that my young body needed more. April, May, and June were next in the series. My eyes needed more and more. I scanned the upper shelves and found July, August, and September. Soon thereafter a friend of mine introduced me to his older brother's pornographic magazines, and at the age of ten I was hooked. I never was addicted to drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol. Pornography was the instrument the enemy used to hold me captive. I had an 18-year addiction of my flesh to those images.

At the age of twenty-eight, I found Jesus, which started a ten year battle for my own personal freedom from this stronghold. I quit looking at pornography but the stronghold continued to torment my soul; ruined my life, and destroyed my marriage. My heart was defiled with images of lust. I needed to clean my heart so I could have what Jesus promised. Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:6) NKJV. I knew the problem was in me, for God is never the problem.

And more recently, I received in the mail fliers from Playboy, which shocked me that these would come to me through the U. S. Postal Service (See Appendix A for details). I was enraged and went to the Post Office and spoke to the Post Master. He gave me forms to file which the government then forwards to Playboy to see so that I never receive such junk mail again from them (See Appendix B for details). As a pastor over four churches I was appalled that this would happen. But the church should not stay silent; we should move and do something about it.

Table of Contents

I. The Problem: Pornography, the Plague of Darkness
II. Research Review: Pornogra ...

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