A Pornography Conference Addressing Two Crises

August 27, 2013

Pursuing Purity in a Pornographic World
Heath Lambert

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Pursuing Purity in a Pornographic World

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.

Two Crises

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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3 thoughts on “A Pornography Conference Addressing Two Crises

  1. Heath, thanks for the reality check. We are understating the problem and I find that very sad, if not naive. But, one effective lie that is perpetrated unwittingly by many in the church, and certainly by the evil one, is that people can’t recover from this struggle, so just do damage control. That is not true and, as important as providing structure and accountability is to recovery, is the responsibility we have to telling people that they can move past the engrossing and remarkable control it can have on someone. Hear me accurately, though. I am not saying it will ever cease to be a temptation. I am saying that it can cease from having such control over you. If that were not true then we all are doomed to such slavery. Martin Luther says we can’t stop the birds from flying overhead, but we can stop them from building a nest in our hair. Paul says we have been freed from the slavery to sin. I am encouraged by what the gospel can do in our lives. But this is a huge problem that we must be honest about. Thanks for your words.

  2. Heath, Thank you for your staying on top of this epidemic and providing us
    with both the tools and the helps to combat this enemy as it strive to
    infect the church.

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