Floyd Godfrey, PhD


Guiding Christian Fathers on Addressing Pornography Addiction within Families

Dr. Floyd Godfrey


In today's digital age, Christian fathers face the challenging task of discussing sensitive topics like pornography with their sons. The prevalence of internet pornography has made it imperative for fathers to foster an environment of open communication within their families. This article aims to equip fathers with strategies to discuss the dangers of pornography, highlighting the need for dialogue based on Christian values and the importance of recovery for those ensnared by addiction.

The Importance of Open Dialogue

Open communication is crucial in addressing the issue of pornography. Ephesians 4:25 urges us to, "Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." This verse underscores the importance of honesty and openness within the Christian family, serving as a foundation for fathers to initiate discussions about the risks and moral implications of pornography.

Initiating the Conversation

Starting a conversation about pornography can be daunting. Fathers should approach the topic with sensitivity and without judgment, ensuring their sons feel safe and understood. Here are some suggestions for parents on how to approach this subject:

  • Educate Yourself: Before initiating the conversation, familiarize yourself with the subject of pornography addiction and its impact on individuals and relationships. This knowledge will help you address the topic more effectively.
  • Choose the Right Moment: Look for a calm and private moment to talk, where there won't be interruptions or distractions.
  • Use Age-Appropriate Language: Tailor the discussion to your son's age and maturity level. Be straightforward but also sensitive to their capacity to understand the topic.
  • Discuss the Dangers: Explain the potential psychological, relational, and spiritual dangers of pornography. Highlight how it can distort the understanding of healthy relationships and sexuality.
  • Emphasize Love and Support: Assure your son of your love and support, regardless of any mistakes or exposures they may have had to pornography. Make it clear that your intention is to guide and protect them.

Encouraging Recovery and Healing

For families already affected by pornography addiction, there is hope for recovery and healing. Emphasize the power of grace, forgiveness, and redemption through Christ. Encourage seeking professional help and joining support groups that align with Christian values for overcoming addiction.


Addressing pornography within Christian families requires courage, love, and openness. Fathers play a pivotal role in guiding their sons through the challenges posed by pornography, grounded in the truth and compassion of the Gospel. By fostering an environment where difficult topics can be discussed openly, Christian families can navigate these issues together, strengthening their bond and faith.

In the journey towards recovery, remember that transformation and healing are possible. With the right support, individuals struggling with sex or pornography addiction can find freedom and renewal. Let's embrace this path with hope and faith, trusting in God's guidance and the strength of the family unit.

Dr. Floyd Godfrey is a clinical sexologist and has been guiding clients since 2000 who struggle with pornography and sexual addiction. He is a founder of the SABR program for adults, Tribe for college, and Band of Brothers for teens at the Family Strategies Counseling Center, serving families in the area of Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona. He currently speaks and provides consulting and mental health coaching across the globe. To learn more about his services, please visit his website: www.FloydGodfrey.com

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