This past week we had the opportunity to look at what the Bible says about sexual immorality. During the sermon I specifically spoke about the pervasive issue of pornography in our society and how it both dehumanizes people as sexual objects and separates sex and sexuality from its God-given place in committed relationships. I also mentioned that I would provide more resources to help you overcome and avoid pornography.
The defeat of pornography’s influence on our lives requires 3 steps. First, you must eliminate the source as best as possible. This will require an internet filter or some other internet accountability method that lessons the possibility of exposure to pornography. I have listed many resources below for your reference. Second, you must tell another believer that you trust about your struggles with pornography. You should urge them to regularly ask you how you are doing and to examine the efficacy of the pornography filters that you have installed. It would be a good idea to have your accountability partner install the software or at least enter the password for you. Finally, you need to confess your sin to God and ask for his grace and strength to overcome sexual sin. You cannot conquer sin alone.
If you have any questions or need technological support, do not hesitate to contact me. There are many capable people in the church that can help you protect your family or yourself from internet pornography. Also, if you have experience with programs other than the ones I have listed, please include them in the comments.
Internet Filters and Accountability Software
OpenDNS Parental Control (Basic Parental Control is FREE!) )
OpenDNS is installed on your router (rather than your computer) and thus filters all internet content, including wireless in your home. If you need help setting this up please contact the church office and we will help you get it setup.
Award-winning OpenDNS Parental Controls divides the Internet’s content into more than 50 categories. Simply choose your desired filtering level, from “High” to “Minimal,” and check a box. Your filtering preferences take effect in just minutes. Further customize your preferences by adding additional categories like “Social Networking,” “Hate” and “Gambling,” or individual Web sites like MySpace.com that are problematic or unsafe for your household.
K9 Web Protection (FREE) (http://www.k9webprotection.com)
Blue Coat’s Web filtering technology enables you to block entire categories of content, such as pornography or gambling, or block specific Web sites, such as Facebook.
With Blue Coat K9 Web Protection, you don’t have to wait for the latest security patch or upgrade, which can leave your computer vulnerable to new and evolving Web threats. K9 delivers the comprehensive protection you need automatically. With K9, you get the same advanced Web filtering technology used by enterprise and government institutions worldwide ― all with a user-friendly interface that allows you to control Internet use in your home.
X3Watch (FREE) http://x3watch.com/
X3watch is an accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site, which may contain questionable material, the program will record the site name, time, and date the site was visited. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable.
Safe Eyes ($49) http://x3watch.com/
Covering 35 categories, Safe Eyes gives you the ability to tightly control access to specific types of websites, blocking your home and family from harmful content.
Safe Eyes Software Includes:
1. Content Controls – Flexible content control allows you to select the types of website that are appropriate.
2. Program Controls – Control Instant Messengers, P2P File Sharing, and other harmful programs.
3. Time Controls – Control the amount of time spent online, and the times when the Internet is available.
4. Usage Logging – Create and review logs of websites visited, programs used on the Internet, and Instant Messaging Chats.
5. Usage Alerts – Be notified instantly via email, text message, or phone call when someone visits inappropriate websites.
Pornography Addiction Help
X3Pure ($99) (http://x3watch.com/x3pure.html)
The primary objective of the X3Pure project is to enable a speedy and effective recovery for men and women dealing with Internet pornography and other sex-related addictions in the most confidential and professional manner possible. X3pure is the first online, confidential, streaming-video solution for dealing with pornography addiction. This powerful online workshop helps you take each important step toward recovery from your pornography addiction and is accessible from any Internet-connected computer at any time. X3pure includes a copy of Safe Eyes software that is good for up to 3 computers.