Portsmouth pastor will get churchgoers talking on ‘Porn Sunday’

Pastor 'Dan Harman  with his wife Laura
Pastor 'Dan Harman with his wife Laura
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PORNOGRAPHY is not something that’s often talked about during a church service.

But one pastor is putting it at the top of his agenda.

Dan Harman, of City Life Church, in Copnor, Portsmouth, will get his congregation talking about issues surrounding the subject during ‘Porn Sunday’ on May 19.

Nathan Ferrera and Gerald Coates, co-authors of Sexual Healing: Identity, Sexuality and Calling, will come to give worshippers who struggle with the problem some advice. Nathan will tell everyone how his former porn addiction drove him to the brink of despair and suicide before he got some help.

Dan, 29, said churches in the past have shied away from dealing with porn. He says porn is a growing problem in society as it is more accessible than ever before.

‘The church can either bury its head in the sand and pretend that this is not an issue, both inside and outside the church, or it can stand up and offer a helping hand based on the non-judgemental love of Jesus Christ,’ he said.

‘The church is a hospital for hurting people.

‘Fifty years ago if you wanted access to porn you would have to go into a shop and buy a magazine from the top shelf before going sheepishly to the counter to pay for it.

‘Now if you’ve got a laptop, mobile phone or a tablet you’ve got access to it and there’s no shame.

‘It’s everywhere and accessible to everyone. This is something that is very, very relevant.

‘People in the church have come up to me and asked how this service would appeal to them because they don’t have a problem with porn. What I’ve told them is that this is something that their children and grandchildren could potentially have access to.

‘It’s definitely something that’s related to both men and women.

‘Statistics reveal that eight to nine out of 10 men have watched porn.

‘With women the figure is about six, but that’s still too high.’

Dan is married to Laura, 29, and they have a daughter – Talia, four. They are expecting another daughter.

Laura said: ‘I’ve never personally been affected by pornography and I grew up in a time where it was only available in paper form, but now I am a mother I have a deep desire to protect my children and all who may be affected by it.’

The event starts at 10.30am and a men’s breakfast will be held at 9am the day before.