Because pornography has become so easy to access, Synod 2012 wants churches to have help in dealing with it.
Synod instructed the Christian Reformed Church’s Board of Trustees to “develop and implement a plan to assist churches in confronting pornography use within their congregations, in understanding the factors that lead to its use and the damage it causes, and in supporting healing for those who are affected by its use.”
Synod 1988 urged churches to call the use of pornography a sin, “however, very little has been done within our congregations to bring this sin into the light,” the decision from synod stated.
Classis Eastern Canada brought the request to synod after Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) CRC experienced “quite a painful situation” when two men were found by their wives to be viewing pornograph, said Rev. Bill Vis, who reported to synod on the issue.
About the Author
Roxanne VanFarowe is a freelance writer who claims both Canadian and American citizenship and grew up in the Christian Reformed Church. She is a member of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.