5 Things about Porn, Pastors wish their Parishioners knew

5 Things about Porn,  Pastors wish their Parishioners knew

Pastors and Priests may fear to talk to their congregations about pornography for a number of reasons. Some choose not to talk about it in their messages and others talk about it but do so with trepidation. What they would like their members to know about pornography is more than just “it’s bad, so don’t do it!”

PORN is a Catch-22 topic! “If I talk about porn from the pulpit it is NOT an admission that I am struggling with using porn. If I DO NOT talk about porn from the pulpit, it is NOT an admission I am struggling with using porn.” Striking a balance of exposing the right Truths and in the right context on any sin issue is challenging. Pornography comes loaded with assumptions of guilt. With this highly pornified society, it is more likely assumed that everyone is […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Encouragement, Equipping|0 Comments

Modern Day Slavery and the Church revisited

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18 as Jesus read from Isaiah 61
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. Trafficking is the fasting growing crime in the world today. Experts estimate in the world estimate about 48.5 million people are in slavery of all types. These are educated guesses based on specific criteria as well as actual findings. They give us a point to start a conversation about human trafficking. We will explore in this article specifically why the Church should be concerned about this global phenomenon.

First, let’s consider one other number.  We need to be most concerned about the growing consumer base that […]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Encouragement, Equipping|0 Comments

Intriguingly Disguised

The road to Emmaus was a popular transit route in Jesus’ day. Two initially unnamed men were walking to Emmaus after the crucifixion and empty tomb was found. Imagine the intense conflicting and confusing emotions they must have felt believing all hope had been dashed by the events of the crucifixion and the unknown location of Jesus’ body.

As the men talked together a perfect stranger approaches them. This is a funny interaction between them when the stranger asks them what they are discussing. Cleopas, who is finally named, boldly asks the stranger how he could possibly not know of what was going on. The stranger plays along asking them to tell him more about Jesus of Nazareth.

They replied “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.” (v19) They went on and told the stranger of the proceedings of the death sentence and […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Encouragement|0 Comments

8 of 8 R’s of Pornography REPEAT

Repeat this process of identification through recovery often since pornography is as accessible and in-your-face as images are today. Giving up is not an option!

The 8 R’s of Pornography

Realize pornified images are everywhere.

Recognize porn for what it is – a pandemic public health issue.

Resist the draw that porn has both mentally and physically.

Reject porn outright – decide in advance you do not have to be taken in by the images.

Refocus your heart and mind on other activities and remain focused on something else.

Report what you have seen to an accountability partner.  Report to law enforcement authorities if you see pornographic images of children.

Recover from porn’s effects by being in a supportive community, accountability, and counseling are all important.

Repeat this process of identification through recovery often!

PRAYERFUL!

By |December 23rd, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

7 of 8 R’s of Pornography RECOVER

Recover from porn’s effects by being in a supportive community, accountability, and counseling are all important. Community and accountability are key to making up your mind to remain untethered to pornography’s grasp. The psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of recovery must be addressed. Like any other addiction, it is going to take time and effort to resist temptations.

Several organizations help pornography consumers and addicts to make different choices. Here are just a few of the potential places to find information and help for recovery.

Home

https://fortifyprogram.org

http://www.just1clickaway.org/Links.html (several options given here)

Recovery in a Sexualized Culture

www.shessomebodysdaughter.org

http://www.freedomeveryday.org

http://www.faithfulandtrue.com

Use these links to investigate further. Perhaps you need to help a loved one discover resources? Pray for those you know are affected. Feel free to pass along this blog.

Look for one more R, look for one last R, there will be one last R!

By |December 19th, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

6 of 8 R’s of Pornography REPORT

Report this R has two components.

You should report what you have seen to an accountability partner. A first step to eradicating the issue in your own life is to find a person to whom you can honestly report exposure or continued consumption. If you need assistance with accountability there are some very good software options for your computer. I affiliate with Covenant Eyes.

Second you must, report to law enforcement authorities IF you see pornographic images of children. This is not a suggestion that you become a detective and go looking for these images. You are not trained to determine cases for law enforcement and it will only further exacerbate any current addiction issues you might be falling into greater temptations. Do NOT going looking for child images!

The amount of pornography produced of the rape and torture of children is horrific and has a whole underworld of activities associated with it. […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

Schools: public health pornography alert

Teaching Professionals – Pornography public health alert

Teaching in the digital age is a new challenge especially for those teachers and administrators who are “digital immigrants” to the technological advances of the last 15-20 years.  The latest integration of technology into teaching and the lives of students provides both opportunities and challenges. Specifically, students are bringing challenges concerning the use of pornography on their various digital devices. Pornography is accessible at school!

Identification of these challenges by teachers is paramount to seeing how they are effecting you and your students. Teachers and administrators need to be hypervigilant about the consumption of pornography by students and co-workers.

Pornography has become ubiquitous in our lives today through music, media, movies, fashions, toys, and gaming industry. Pornography which is highly violent is now easily accessed for free via the Internet. Unfettered access by many students, often beginning in elementary school, has created some new dynamics […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

5 of 8 R’s of Pornography REFOCUS

Refocus your heart and mind on other activities and remain focused on something else. The brain is able to make adjustments quickly. Physical activities have been shown to provide the best release from the grasp of physical attachments to porn. Meditation may help you focus your heart’s attention and your mind on more important relational and spiritual matters.

Biologically we can refocus the brain.  Dr. Hilton talks about the re-wiring the biology.

American Idol singer Jason Castro talks candidly about how a small group at church helped him to refocus his mind and heart. Plus, he talks about how the community accountability and support has assisted he and his wife on their journey. The full interview is available at I am Second.

Re-training the brain is also Biblical.

Romans 12: 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

4 of 8 R’s of Pornography REJECT

Reject porn outright – decide in advance you do not have to be taken in by the images. Many people report that even though they had set firm boundaries around the type of pornography they would look at; the draw to more violent, deviant, and younger participants became a normative to them with a constant need for more titillating and hyper-stimulating images.

Brain science is proving the addiction to pornography is as powerful as optiate drugs. Brain scans by Dr. Voon demonstrating the effect of pornography on the brain. Find it here: Video.

Dr. Donald L. Hilton is one of the leading experts on the effects of pornography on the brain – there is a series of presentation available on YouTube. Video 1  helps to explain the chemical addictions. The verse he uses is 1 Peter 5:8-9. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments

3 of 8 R’s of Pornography RESIST

Resist the draw that porn has both mentally and physically.

Resistance is not futile and while your body may crave it your mind can reject the stimulus. Put your thinking brain in charge!

This simple video may help you to understand the concepts of resistance more concretely. Video link to YouTube.com 

There is a signficant amount of research on the effects of pornography consumption on the physical brain. The hormone dumps that go along with sexual activity actually is phyiscally addictive. The brain craves it! Attached is an article by brain scientist Donald L. Hilton, Jr., MD, FAANS, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Read his presentation on pornography addiction as a public health issue. Or use this link: http://pornharmsresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/Hilton-Symposium-Speech.pdf

There are some very good resources to help people who need to recover from pornography which we will cover in one of the next posts. […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Encouragement|0 Comments