Friday, April 29, 2011

Help For Porn Addicts

Today you will read a post from my former co-counselor when I lived in Wisconsin. Pastor Bruce Roeder is an occasional contributor to the blog because I think he brings valuable insights to the topics I am presenting. Today is no different. 


Pornography

Just me typing this word in this blog may mean comments and messages from unsolicited sources encouraging me to whatever. Fortunately, the blog filter catches them all and off they go without my readers being exposed. Nevertheless, the temptation arrives to me uninvited and I have to deal with it.
And so do millions of Christian men, most of whom wish they didn't have to. Contrary to some popular notions many men do see porn as the poison it is but on the other hand feel powerless in its grip.

It's war. It's slavery. And it's everywhere. If you want to go to war start here:

Over my years of biblical counseling I've read not a few books and articles on the subject of pornography. Here I present to you three of the most useful and inexpensive tools of war that are based on Scripture.

The first is Mark Driscoll's Porn-Again Christian.
It's a free ebook. It's typical Driscoll. It does not pull any punches. Read it. Follow the directions. Young man, this means you because you were his original target given that much of the younger generation is given over to porn as "normal" including many young women. That's a shift and not a good one.

The second is Tim Challies Sexual Detox.
This one is free too in ebook form. It can also be purchased from Cruciform Press. It's cheap, well written and designed for guys "who are sick of porn." Think about that. Think about the title, Sexual Detox. It's an apt description. Pornography feels like an addiction. Detox is a necessary part of going to war.

The third is Delivered by Desire by Daryl Wingerd. This one is available through Christian Communicator's Worldwide. It's not free or cheap at around $15.00 but it's worth every cent. Daryl works hard to help men with the "how" of breaking through to liberty. That's the problem isn't it guys? I want to, but do not know how. Daryl shows how to fight.

Consider this from Daryl's first page:
Face Reality
You probably experience pornographic temptation almost every day and the Internet is not the only source. Try walking through a video store without being tempted to lust. Watch primetime TV without your conscience often telling you to look away. Find a grocery store where you can check out without standing next to a display of sexually provocative photographs.

The truth is, you live in a pornographic culture.

The world, the flesh, and the devil have all combined to give men a horrible theology of sex. In many ways it could be described as an anti-theology since God the creator of sex is not considered.
These three books discuss the horribleness of the anti-theology but more importantly the beauty of a God-centered theology of sex. To Him be the glory. 

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