Coinciding with next month’s study conference, Mennonite Central Committee will release a new booklet on the topic of sexual addiction, Pornography: Lies, Truth and Hope. Replacing MCC’s 2005 pamphlet, Pornography: The Secret Sin, the new resource (both by Linda Gehman Peachey) addresses the changing face of addiction over the last decade.
“MCC is uniquely situated to see that pornography is a moral issue, it’s a personal sin issue, but we also see the structural consequences,” says MCC restorative justice coordinator Stephen Siemens. “Working with survivors of domestic violence, or men who abuse as well, pornography is something that is almost assumed. It’s a kind of gateway to a lot of more dysfunctional actions.”
The new pamphlet addresses this gateway nature of pornography addiction, as well as recognizing that it’s no longer only a “man’s problem.” Peachey creates an accessible resource for both men and women struggling with pornography, and for churches looking for guidance in learning about and dealing with the consequences of addiction.
“How can the kingdom of God move forcefully through men and women, young people, and families if we are suffocating in lust and pornography?” says Siemens. “How will the people of God hear the majestic and powerful voice of the Holy Spirit – who breaks strongholds and shatters injustice – when we are addicted to pornography?”
The pamphlet will be available at all MCC Canada offices in early October, and a PDF version will be available for download online.
—Paul Esau, CCMBC and MB Herald intern