Answers to the Porn Problem: CovenantEyes, AppLock, and VidAngel – John Boruff

In the past year or so I have gone through some very hard times socially, economically, medically, financially and things have been very very very hard. There have been times when I’ve surfed the web and I thought about looking at bad websites and being brought into ungodly diversions. Before this past year came though, some friends had admitted to me that they had gotten addicted to porn. Two of them were active in ministry. The other has a call to ministry. I’ve also had moments when I’ve looked at inappropriate pictures and I’ve had to pull myself away from it again and again.

The temporary high that people can get out of this sort of thing is no justification for the sense of guilt, condemnation, and defilement that ensues as a result of indulging in such a vice. Jesus said, “Whosoever looks upon a woman to lust commits adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:28). That is the way it is with pornography. If we want to walk with integrity, purity, and mental holiness: then removing pornography is absolutely essential.

Christian men and Christian dads should be especially keen on this subject. Not only to keep themselves away from this trap, especially during times of trial and tribulation, but also to guard their children who might be surfing on YouTube, Pinterest, or Google Images. One of the worst things somebody can do is look on Google Images for pictures; sooner or later somebody’s going to see a picture of somebody who’s naked. I have tried several porn blockers in order to filter content that comes on to my computer. I’ve tried NetNanny, X3Watch, and K9.

None of them fully works but CovenantEyes. When it comes to protecting your computer and your phone there is no app that is better than CovenantEyes. You can go to covenanteyes.com and they charge you about $20 a month; and you don’t even feel the brunt of it. This is essential if you have a spouse: allow your spouse to have the username and password, so that they have complete control over access to it. You don’t want to put yourself in a compromising situation where you’re going to uninstall the program during a time of temptation. When it comes to protecting your cell phone there’s an extra measure that needs to be taken, and that is through something that you can get from GooglePlay: AppLock. What AppLock does, is it prevents you from being able to access the Settings on your Android phone, as well as from accessing CovenantEyes. You will not have this temptation anymore if you do this.

I encourage all Christian men everywhere to take action immediately in this area, as it is not only an issue of you having integrity, or having a walk with God, or being a good dad, and being a good husband, but honestly you have the danger of hellfire underneath you every second that you are addicted to pornography: see Matthew 5:27-30. Don’t allow it to eat away at your soul. Do it! Philippians 4:8: “Whatsoever things are pure and noble: think on these things.”

There’s another thing: normal television censorship. There’s a program called VidAngel, and on this website if you use it in conjunction with Amazon Prime or Netflix, it will filter any sexuality or profanity or violence that you don’t want to see in a movie. It will seamlessly remove it from the movie! Make sure that your computer is running well enough and all the disk space is cleared up. Recently they had a problem where the system was slowing down for many people, but if you ever have problems with VidAngel, you can contact customer service and they’re always on the ball. ClearPlay might be a better option for you – they have a DVD player that is not reliant on computer performance or subject to flaky internet streaming – its about $230 per year.

Let’s do everything we can to remove pornography and even any sort of sexual impurity or profanity out of our lives. This should not be entering into our minds. Let’s not do anything that will give the devil a foothold! (Eph. 4:27).

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is a husband, father, blogger, and life insurance agent.
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