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Fellow believers helping persons addicted to pornography by becoming an embodiment of love

Gert Breed
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 56, No 1 | a2834 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v56i1.2834 | © 2022 Gert Breed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 January 2022 | Published: 30 June 2022

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Gert Breed, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

Considering the growing problem of different internet addictions and their impact on individuals, couples, families, the church and society, it is important that churches seek to address the need for effective loving guidance in their pastoral care. This article examines a way in which congregations could help a person addicted to pornography to grow to freedom. A literature study was done to describe pornography addiction and compared it to cybersex. Subsequently, the influence on relationships of constant involvement in pornography is discussed, followed by a discussion of the relationship between sexual addiction and intimacy, and the causes of the fear of real-person intimacy. The healing of wounds that have led to the pornography addiction is investigated. The Journey Program is also analysed to discern its theoretical framework and investigate the biblical foundation of each of its metatheoretical starting points. Finally, practical theological guidelines are proposed for pastoral care of the pornography addict in the context of a congregation.

Contribution: This article contributes to the understanding of pastoral care to the pornography addicted person and to the founding of a pastoral program based on the Word of God according to the convictions of Reformed theology.


Keywords

pornography; addiction; church; embodiment; love; pastoral care; pastoral counselling; cybersex

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