Excerpt: 'Every year in February I like to open a window on the world of love and romance. This year I want to speak with you about the single greatest threat to romantic love in America today, and possibly in human history. I refer, of course, to the ready availability of internet pornography.
...Unless this sin is mortifiedâ€”that is to say, unless it is put to death (see Gal. 5:24; Col. 3:5)â€”it will only intensify. Pornography makes greater and greater demands until finally it becomes a life-dominating sin. As one of the Puritans said, sexual pictures secretly convey poison to the soul. Now they are only a mouse click awayâ€”a click that may eventually lead a man or a woman straight to hell.
What is God's plan for putting pornography to death?'
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Many of these are now published in 'My Father's World: Meditations on Christianity and Culture', 2002, and 'He Speaks to Me Everywhere', 2004, both by Philip Graham Ryken, P&R Publishing.
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Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he has preached since 1995. He was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate in...