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Seminar Aims to Kill the Silent Killer Called Porn

By March 18, 2015No Comments

LakelandFL_inlineLAKELAND, Fla.—Pornography has become a silent killer for countless families around the world, as Internet access and handheld devices have dramatically increased ease of use. To help families protect their homes, Heritage Baptist Church hosted a “Kill Porn” Internet security seminar for parents of teens in the Lakeland area on March 14. The goal was twofold: to cover why and how to kill porn in the home.

Pastor Alex Dean led a discussion about the “why” behind the urgency of putting to death the sin of pornography in the home. He anchored his talk in Paul’s exhortation to the Christians in Rome to put to death the deeds of the body, by the Spirit (Romans 8:13).

Dean says, “Many researchers today are uncovering the link between culture’s acceptance of sexual deviancy and the kind of acts which are prevalent in pornographic films. In other words, the porn industry is lulling hearts and minds into a state of general acceptance with regard to acts which grossly devalue the image of God and the goodness of sex the way He has ordained it. Ultimately, Paul noted this about sinful humanity when he described the downward spiral of sin in Romans 1. In our depravity, we have exchanged the truth about God for a lie and have traded His infinite glory for the cheaper glory of lesser things. So, why kill porn? John Owen’s words stand true: ‘Be killing sin or it will be killing you'” (The Mortification of Sin).

In the second session, Michael Angotti, volunteer director of Internet technology at Heritage Baptist, led a discussion on how to kill porn in the home. His experience and education in the area of Internet security have proved valuable as he has sought to help parents navigate the ever-changing climate of home security. With regard to Internet protection, Heritage’s philosophy can be summed up in two words: “many layers.” Angotti discussed physical changes, network changes, and changes made available by cell carriers to assist with protection for handheld devices. When several layers of security are in place, he says, children’s and teens’ chances of accessing dangerous material will be exponentially decreased. Parents should consider location (charging stations, etc.), administration (such as parental controls), and network changes (for example, disabling routers during certain times).

“Of course, in all of these things, we aim at the heart,” Dean says. “It is our desire that children will see and savor the beauty of Jesus Christ, causing them to detest Internet pornography. However, as parents, it is our job to shepherd their hearts and foster an environment in which they see our deep intimacy with Christ as normative Christian experience. May we be motivated in this fight by his unfailing grace.”

  • Listen to the “Kill Porn” audio and download session notes at hbclakeland.com.