Internet Filters

Christian Internet Filters
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One of the simplest yet most powerful forms of accountability is the use of an internet filter to protect you, your family, and your friends from pornography and many other dangers on the internet. The easy access to pornography on the internet is frightening! All you have to do is simply type an internet address and you're there; this convenience factor magnifys the power of fleeting thoughts and lowers the threshold of crossing the boundry between thoughts and actions (actually viewing pornorgraphy), which in turn pushes you closer to acting out the things you see in the pornography. Satan is the master of luring us down the road of one seemingly harmless sin which leads to another and to another...until you are in way over your head!

Alarming Statistics About Pornography:
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Over $10-Billion spent on porn annually (more than NFL, NBA, & Major League Baseball combined!)
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25 million Americans visit cyber-sex sites between 1-10 hours per week. Another 4.7 million in excess of 11 hours per week. (MSNBC/Stanford/Duquesne Study, Washington Times 1/26/ 00)
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63% of men attending "Men, Romance & Integrity Seminars" admit to struggling with porn in the past year. Two-thirds are in church leadership and 10% are pastors (Pastor's Family Bulletin, Focus on the Family, March 2000)
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51% of pastors say cyber porn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001)
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1 in 7 calls to the Focus on the Family Pastoral Care Line is about Internet pornography (Pastor's Family Bulletin, Focus on the Family, March 2000)

Remember, we're simply dealing with our flesh here. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak..." (Matthew 26:41) Your true identity is your spirit, and now you must follow Christ and drag the desires of your flesh to the cross. Christ gave us the example to follow. His hands and feet were nailed to the cross so that we could nail the hands and feet of our sinful desires to the cross. He was resurrected to new life so that we could experience new life after we crucify our flesh. (Romans 6:5-11)

Just as a soldier would not enter a battlefield wearing sandles so a Christian must not travel through cyberspace without an internet filter.

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