Three Taverns Church

Signs of Pornography Addiction – Series Introduction

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I just listened to a very solemn, heartfelt, and passionate plea a pastor named Francis Chan gave to his church on the subject of the holiness of God. Some of the points discussed by Pastor Chan included:

  • Every person the Bible records as having seen God fell on their faces in terror; most of these people were holy men, prophets and apostles
  • This terror was induced because God is so holy, so different, so set apart from us. He is unlike anything we have seen or can imagine
  • It is this God that will judge us, and most of us treat this Being and our sin against Him far too casually

As I listened to Pastor Chan I felt convicted of my sins, of course…But I also felt relieved because I am no longer active in my pornography addiction. I have repented of that sin and I am doing literally everything I can think of to stay away from pornography for good. Through the blood of Jesus and my repentance, my addiction is one source of sin I won’t have to answer for on the Day of Judgment.

Unfortunately, many men and women in the church will not be able to claim the same freedom when they appear before God because they refuse to confess and repent of their pornography use. And I get it, I know why they won’t repent; it’s difficult. It is certainly the most difficult thing I have ever done. But on the day God judges us we will either hear the words “Well done,” or we will face the wrath of God. Those are our two choices.

The first step I had to take to repent of my sin was to confess my addiction, and to confess my addiction I had to overcome my denial. A friend had to disabuse me of the fact that I just had a ‘bad habit.’ As I listened to Pastor Chan today, God put a burden on my heart to help you do the same thing.

For the next several days I am going to cover some of the ways you can identify if you are a pornography addict. Please do not shy away from this series, though I know from personal experience just how hard it will be for some of you to follow along. Understand that I want to help you come face-to-face with your addiction so that you can confess and repent, and one day hear God say to you: “Well done.”

5 thoughts on “Signs of Pornography Addiction – Series Introduction

  1. I always have confusion when I hear people talk of the judgement or wrath of God. Why would an all powerful, omnipotent, merciful, all loving and forgiving beautiful, wonderful, highly intelligent being want to punish us. Think about it. Does a scientist get angry at bacteria in a petri dish if they don’t do what he expects? Why would such a being even need us to do or not do anything? Once again, religion spreads fear in order to gain control of people. There is no judgement to be afraid of. There is no wrath – because a perfect being doesn’t have the negative emotions that mortal man has – otherwise it wouldn’t be perfect! We have to get away from this feeling of fear towards God.

  2. Stuartart, first, thank you for your comment. I desperately want to engage with you on this topic. I am curious, what do you base your beliefs of God on?
    – The ‘wrath’ of God is mentioned 197 times in the NIV translation of the Bible
    – Revelation 6:15-17 says this: “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?'” (NIV)

    Stuartart, yes God loves, and his love is just. This means He cannot allow sin to go unpunished; how would that be just? God’s wrath is the punishment for sin, and it is real. I’m sorry if you think I am spreading fear, but as a disciple of Jesus Christ it’s my responsibility to spread the Gospel. The good news is this: All of us have the free choice to avoid the wrath of God by accepting Jesus and letting Him pay the price for our sin.

    • Hi rabidmongoose, I appreciate that you believe in God. I do not. Not in the sense portrayed in the Bible, Torah, or Koran. When my daughter was a little girl she would do things that I found annoying. Some times she would do it on purpose and I would end up losing my temper and shout at her. Sometimes I smacked her legs. I’m ashamed of this now. I realise that being human I am prone to imperfection, so I forgive myself. If there is a god, that god would be perfection and therefore would not lose their temper. They would have far more compassionate ways to encourage us. It is us that are weak and imperfect, not deity. Trouble is because it’s written somewhere, by ancient people that themselves were imperfect, followers believe it as absolute truth. It is not. It’s a book. A great book, but still a book. And like many other books it is imperfect. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn a great deal from it. But if we believe it is all truth we have to accept stoning our own children to death if they do not believe (Deuteronomy and Leviticus). I’m pretty sure none of us believes we should do that – therefore, it’s not ALL true. Take care. There is nothing to be afraid of where God is concerned. Stu

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