A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading
In a society where it is estimated that 70 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women struggle with online pornography, it is not surprising that church leaders come across a number of Christians, mainly men, who want help in this matter. Some are fellows who have been addicted to Internet pornography in the past and never want to go down that road again; others are those who want to keep themselves pure amid all the onslaughts of the age. Both groups are to be commended and encouraged.
Like many churches, Carey Baptist Church in Reading recommends that those who want help should sign up for Covenant Eyes (www.covenanteyes.com). Started in March 2000, this is a programme that helps a person stay pure online by monitoring their Internet use and sending an e-mail report of all web sites visited to an accountability partner – who may be their pastor, or an elder, youth leader or relative.
The idea is that if the user knows the accountability partner will be keeping track of his or her Internet usage they will be less likely to visit questionable sites. We recommend this scheme because:
It is inexpensive.
It is difficult to bypass.
Reports can be sent to the accountability partner weekly, thus enabling immediate pastoral help if there is a lapse.
It is based upon the biblical principle that Christians are accountable to the Lord and to each other.
We want to do all we can to help one another to pursue holiness.
We are sure that Job (Job 31:1) and, more importantly, Jesus would urge people to use this scheme.