Chop down the tree of pornography by cutting off the roots of lust. Through Christ’s healing and forgiveness, you can overcome pornography addiction.
Pornography addiction is a real issue that affects us all in some way: it can destroy self-worth, relationships, and—most importantly—true love.
In his address “Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland describes the immorality around us today as “a global cesspool of perceptions that could blast a crater in [our] brains forever.” Chopping at the branches of the problem (pornography and other sins) will get us nowhere. According to Elder Holland, we must “strike more directly at the root of the tree[;] not surprisingly we find lust lurking furtively there.”
Lust “defiles the highest and holiest relationship God gives us in mortality—the love that a man and woman have for each other and the desire . . . to bring children into a family intended to be forever.” Lust destroys the Spirit by objectifying others and gratifying physical pleasure. Lust self-indulges with an open appetite.
Each person who struggles with pornography addiction is different. Some may view pornography because of low self-esteem or in an effort to numb themselves from difficulties and problems. Whatever the surface-level issue is, Elder Holland says, the root problem can be traced back to lust.
Lust is not love; neither is pornography a substitute for a loving relationship. Pornography prostitutes the real meaning of true love. Because pornography causes the viewer to turn away from love in order to feed lust, it can destroy families.
If you have fallen into pornography addiction, take courage in this truth: “If we want [forgiveness and healing] dearly and deeply enough, that enemy can and will be rebuked by the redeeming power of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Lust can be replaced with love, and addiction can be replaced with freedom through the Savior’s grace.
Watch or read Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s address “Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul.”
—Allen Warner, Mormon Insights
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Find more insights:
See a short video about addiction, and read about how an addiction can affect us.
Read about one young man’s battle with pornography.
Read a family therapist’s advice for parents with children struggling with pornography.
Check out a Mormon Insights article by Jessica Porter, “The Atonement: The End to Addiction,” to learn how Christ’s sacrifice can help us overcome addiction.