Are You Flying Under The Radar?
Let’s call something on the carpet up front – there are many of you reading this article who deal with the temptation of internet pornography. It is a BOOMING business. I have previously been business partners with a man who was delivered from being once called “The King of the Online Pornography Empire”. Remember GodBeat.com? Jeff Meyers and I worked together on that site for well over a year before I felt called to my ministry here at gotworship.net . He used to be one of the largest manufactures of porn in the world. Take a listen to his story here. Then, we will talk about a very real problem that we all face after the jump.
Porn is a very real threat to pastors. I was checking my wife in I into a nice hotel for a church conference in Texas one weekend and was asked if I wanted to place a credit card on file for “incidentals” like Pay-Per-Views. I told her that would not be nessesary. She pointed out that since this was a couple’s weekend that there were “adult” movies as well. I politely declined again and reminded her that this was a retreat for pastors and christian couples. Her response astonished me. “You might be surprised…but anytime there is a religious conference in town, our adult in-room pay-per-view buys shoot way up”. WOW!
Should it surprise me, though? We are surrounded by porn and lewdness everywhere we turn…and the internet gives us the opportunity to “fly under the radar”. Many pastors, I am convinced, do this on a daily basis. I have been a beta tester for many years now for several filtering software solutions and accountability software systems. Many of these softwares have great features – but most all have one great flaw:
If the end user really wants to bypass it…all they have to do is turn it off.
The basis of an accountability software is simple. I turn on software on my computer that blocks sites I shouldn’t, as an honorable spouse, be subjecting myself too…and if I try to go there – it tells my accountability partner and (most times) my spouse that I tried. The problem has always been that just as easy as I turned it on…I can turn it off.
An even easier solution with most software solutions is the advent of “private browsing” and “incognito browsing”. These solutions within Internet Explorer (for those of you who, for whatever reason, still hang on to it just as clingy as the Hymnals), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome make it easy to bypass most software solutions because they simply don’t report. Want to see something you shouldn’t? Do it in private on a private browser…simple…done.
Now – before you insist that I may have just empowered someone who may be on the edge of erring to commit a sin…let me just say that I’m fairly sure that those who are doing it….are probably already doing it. So far be it from me to not give you a solution to rid yourself of the temptation.
Think for an honest moment – what TRUE and legitimate reason do you have for NEEDING private or incognito browsing? There honestly isn’t a good answer. If it could possible allow us to fly under the radar…then I say…get rid of it.
How do we do that? Here are some easy ways:
In Internet Explorer:
Click Start, Run. (or in the search bar for Vista or W7) Type GPEDIT.MSC and hit ENTER Go to:
User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate
Turn off InPrivate Browsing.
Open up your hard drive (c://)(or in the search bar for Vista or W7) through the ‘start; run’ route. go into program files, go to mozilla firefox, then components.
NOW, make sure you are searching for all files under ‘files of type’.
Then, you will be able to see “nsPrivateBrowsingService.js”
Right click and DELETE!!!
This one really is more for advanced folks who know there way around registry edits. If that sounds like you…hop to it. If you need some help…as your local “i know all about computers” person or hit up Google. Click Start..run.. type “regedit.exe” and then create a new DWord reigstry key called “IncognitoEnabled” with a value of “0” in the registry folder “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome”
Please note that I give these solutions only as help…and take no responsibility for anything may happen to your computer as a result of your actions. (Of course I have to disclaim.) Ultimately – it comes down to our will to turn away from the temptation of sin.