Sun | Mar 18, 2018

Steve Lyston | $97-billion industry destroying lives

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A teenage boy accessing pornographic material.

Job 31: 1 says, "I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?"

The eyes are the windows/gates to the soul and, when the eyes are open, everything that goes through affects the entire body. Many of the problems we encounter come through the eyes. What we hear, see or speak is critical to our health - spiritually and naturally. This should cause us to realise why we have so many problems within the society. If we are going to talk about the music, then we must also willingly address the matter of pornography.

Even the way in which influential ones in the society attire themselves makes an impact on the society. For example, there was a period where influential ones in the society had a certain focus. They were dressed in their business suits and had a general focus towards presenting themselves in a manner that commanded not only attention, but respect as well.

Today, many of the influential people are barely clothed, and many look up to and emulate them.

Pornography is 'sexually explicit videos, photographs, writings, or the like, whose purpose is to elicit sexual arousal.' That being stated, we have to wonder if people are aware that their influence would fall into this category.

When we look at Hollywood, the music industry, local and global media - even the cartoon channels, books, magazines, video games, swing/gentlemen's clubs - GOD HELP US!

Scientists are stating that pornography negatively affects the brain. Seventy-nine per cent of those involved in pornography are also involved in marijuana, alcohol and are carrying out physical and verbal abuse. There are also corresponding increases in crime, sexting, and it is causing road accidents.

Even the gospel singers - both male and female - are dressed in a manner that is far from the modesty required of them.

The pornography industry has caused an increase in marital infidelity by 300 per cent. Action needs to be taken.

There are more than 30 scriptures that warn us of the dangers of pornography - the do's and don'ts for both men and women - Proverbs 7: 21 - 27, Psalm 119: 37 and many other scriptures.

The root of the problem we are now facing, even while many are playing the gender card, is that our men are supposed to be the leaders and covering for our society - and particularly for our women and children - and often, because of this industry, they have left their families unprotected. Sadly, women are the ones most deeply involved in this industry. In fact, the pornography industry wouldn't be what it is without women. That is why we need women who are healed - who look past gender and fight for the boys and men while the boys and men fight for the women and girls. In order to fight porn, we need to stop dividing the family into gender pockets and picking our favourite gender to defend.

God provides three lines of government to create prosperity and peace within the earth. parents (mother and father), civil government and Levi (the priests). Sadly, they have become ineffective because of pornography.

Those involved in pornography also have the ability to transfer this addiction to others. For example, it is very important for you to know who does your hair, hands and feet. Even when you are passing through the hotels, cruises, massage parlours and spas; even those in the airports that are checking you and patting you down at security check points may be involved in pornography, masturbation and uncleanness. Then you find that you are getting those urges as well that you never had before.

Pornography is even affecting legislation, simply because what you are around, what you associate with, is what you become. We need to look within our tourist industry. We even give our children electronic technology without parental guidance, and we fail to look at the consequences.

This is a call for everyone to unite against pornography, starting with those at the highest levels in the nation and their dress codes. There needs to be order in the House.


... Facts about pornography


- The pornography industry is a US$97-billion industry - NBC News

- Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined - Huffington Post

- Thirty-four per cent of Internet users have been exposed to unwanted porn via ads, pop-ups and other methods.

- Thirty per cent of all data transferred across the Internet is porn-related.

- One in every three women visit porn sites and 66 per cent of women watch it.

- There are even honours and awards given to porn stars in their industry's awards show.

- Child pornography is a US$1 billion business and one of the fastest-growing businesses as well.

- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.