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As I listened to Pastor Chan I felt convicted of my sins, of course…But I also felt relieved because I am no longer active in my pornography addiction.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.”