Porn Is Killing Sexual Intimacy for Its Users

A recent Time magazine features a cover story on a new initiative against internet pornography. These anti-porn activists aren't the caricatured pursed-lip moralists; they are young men who say porn has compromised their ability to function sexually in real life.

I've seen a similar situation show up many times with couples seated in front of me for pastoral counseling. Typically a young married couple seeks help because they've stopped (or in some cases never started) having sex. The husband is the one who cannot maintain interest in sex. When I ask the right questions, I find that he's been immersed in porn since adolescence. It's not that he can't get the mechanics of sex to work. It's...


is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and a senior editor of Touchstone. His most recent book is Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel (B & H Books, 2015).

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #37, Summer 2016 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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