I am amazed by the amount of time I spend in my ministry helping people deal with the issue of pornography. If you had told me when I was in college preparing for ministry that I would exert as much ministry effort addressing this epidemic, I doubt I would have believed you. As I survey the current landscape, I see two crises that must be addressed by the church.
The first crisis is the sheer number of people who are looking at porn. Trust me on this one; pornography is a problem in your church. It is important to state this because I talk with pastors all the time who say things like, “Oh, I don’t think there are any people in my church who are looking at porn.” I hope you don’t believe that, but if you do I promise you it is not true. The church must wake up and admit that there is a cancer growing in the lives of many in our homes and churches that will ultimately strangle out any sign of spiritual life. The church cannot afford to deny this or ignore it. We must confront it.
Confronting the first crisis concerning the existence of porn brings the second crisis to the fore. That second crisis is that most people do not have a clue about how to help people struggling with pornography. When you admit the existence of the problem in our churches you have only addressed half the tragedy. If I realize my kids are hungry, but don’t give them something to eat, I haven’t really done my job as their dad. The same is true for those of us tasked with the ministry of the gospel. Once we encounter the epidemic of porn in our churches we need to figure out how to help those who struggle.
A NANC Pre-Conference: Pursuing Purity in a Pornographic World
At NANC (National Association of Nouthetic Counselors) we want to serve the church by addressing both crises with a single conference. On Monday, October 7, 2013, at East Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama we will host an all-day conference on pornography before our annual conference on marriage begins. The conference is entitled Pursuing Purity in a Pornographic World.
Our speakers will be Martha Peace, Tim Keeter, and myself. Martha has been a leader in biblical counseling and women’s ministry for decades and will address the topics of helping women who are enslaved to porn, as well as ministering to wives whose husbands are enslaved. Tim is a NANC certified counselor who leads a church counseling ministry and will address the topics of helping men turn from pornography, helping men cultivate purity beyond mere avoidance of porn, and helping parents know how to protect their homes from pornography. I will spend time addressing the hope believers can have for real and lasting change in the midst of such a profound struggle.
At NANC we are devoting a full day to this topic before our annual conference because we want to serve those in the church by helping them address these two urgent crises. If you are a minister tasked with helping those who struggle, if you are a parent trying to help a child, or if you or one of your friends struggle with porn then this conference is for you.
For More Information and for Registration
For more information visit our NANC Pre-Conference site.
You can register here if you are interested in attending.
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How pervasive do you think the problem of pornography is in the Christian world?
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