More on porn and sexual addiction

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Rhett Smith, a college pastor is studying to be a Marriage and Family Therapist and offers some good insights into sexual addiction based on his experience as a college pastor and graduate student.  Based on the response I have seen on my blog and others on the ongoing dialogue about Anne Jackson’s article, I want to point you to Rhett Smitth, too.  Click here for his post:  Sexual Addiction.

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Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. Other than the condemning, “Hell, fire, and brimstone – no wonder your life is a mess” sermon, most pastors avoid this topic. I hope it’s not because they don’t want to offend anyone.
    My pastor always tells men to “bounce” their eyes. Likewise, he tells the women to consider how they dress because men are so visual. Let’s just say that I live in a hot climate and there are thousands of people that go to my church.

    This approach requires a lot of self-discipline and presumes that women don’t look and that men never dress inappropriately.

    Just go to the mall where some of the stores have live models standing in front trying to coax you in. They use sex to sell their merchandise and people, like sheep, just follow the herd. Why is it that nobody complains about the effect this type of display has on young minds?

    Kids are learning that it’s okay to use sexuality to get what they want. I’m not suggesting that if you wear a certain brand, you’re supporting the enemy (you are, though). I am saying that using sex to sell is so prevalent in our society, that most folks don’t even realize how desensitized they are until it’s too late. How many people are suffering from sexual addictions and do not even realize it? And it may have it’s roots in strolling through the mall with mommy and daddy.

    It’s the little things that we take for granted that lead is down a more destructive path. It doesn’t take long to end up in a situation that one would rather not be in. It doesn’t matter what the sin is. It could be lying, stealing, or sexual sin.

    I’m sorry for rambling – this is such a deep subject.

    But our Father in heaven knows. He knows how we struggle as humans. Praise Him for His grace. Continue to seek Him day by day. He will heal the wounds.

  2. Other than the condemning, “Hell, fire, and brimstone – no wonder your life is a mess” sermon, most pastors avoid this topic. I hope it’s not because they don’t want to offend anyone.
    My pastor always tells men to “bounce” their eyes. Likewise, he tells the women to consider how they dress because men are so visual. Let’s just say that I live in a hot climate and there are thousands of people that go to my church.

    This approach requires a lot of self-discipline and presumes that women don’t look and that men never dress inappropriately.

    Just go to the mall where some of the stores have live models standing in front trying to coax you in. They use sex to sell their merchandise and people, like sheep, just follow the herd. Why is it that nobody complains about the effect this type of display has on young minds?

    Kids are learning that it’s okay to use sexuality to get what they want. I’m not suggesting that if you wear a certain brand, you’re supporting the enemy (you are, though). I am saying that using sex to sell is so prevalent in our society, that most folks don’t even realize how desensitized they are until it’s too late. How many people are suffering from sexual addictions and do not even realize it? And it may have it’s roots in strolling through the mall with mommy and daddy.

    It’s the little things that we take for granted that lead is down a more destructive path. It doesn’t take long to end up in a situation that one would rather not be in. It doesn’t matter what the sin is. It could be lying, stealing, or sexual sin.

    I’m sorry for rambling – this is such a deep subject.

    But our Father in heaven knows. He knows how we struggle as humans. Praise Him for His grace. Continue to seek Him day by day. He will heal the wounds.

  3. Other than the condemning, “Hell, fire, and brimstone – no wonder your life is a mess” sermon, most pastors avoid this topic. I hope it’s not because they don’t want to offend anyone.
    My pastor always tells men to “bounce” their eyes. Likewise, he tells the women to consider how they dress because men are so visual. Let’s just say that I live in a hot climate and there are thousands of people that go to my church.

    This approach requires a lot of self-discipline and presumes that women don’t look and that men never dress inappropriately.

    Just go to the mall where some of the stores have live models standing in front trying to coax you in. They use sex to sell their merchandise and people, like sheep, just follow the herd. Why is it that nobody complains about the effect this type of display has on young minds?

    Kids are learning that it’s okay to use sexuality to get what they want. I’m not suggesting that if you wear a certain brand, you’re supporting the enemy (you are, though). I am saying that using sex to sell is so prevalent in our society, that most folks don’t even realize how desensitized they are until it’s too late. How many people are suffering from sexual addictions and do not even realize it? And it may have it’s roots in strolling through the mall with mommy and daddy.

    It’s the little things that we take for granted that lead is down a more destructive path. It doesn’t take long to end up in a situation that one would rather not be in. It doesn’t matter what the sin is. It could be lying, stealing, or sexual sin.

    I’m sorry for rambling – this is such a deep subject.

    But our Father in heaven knows. He knows how we struggle as humans. Praise Him for His grace. Continue to seek Him day by day. He will heal the wounds.

  4. Other than the condemning, “Hell, fire, and brimstone – no wonder your life is a mess” sermon, most pastors avoid this topic. I hope it’s not because they don’t want to offend anyone.
    My pastor always tells men to “bounce” their eyes. Likewise, he tells the women to consider how they dress because men are so visual. Let’s just say that I live in a hot climate and there are thousands of people that go to my church.

    This approach requires a lot of self-discipline and presumes that women don’t look and that men never dress inappropriately.

    Just go to the mall where some of the stores have live models standing in front trying to coax you in. They use sex to sell their merchandise and people, like sheep, just follow the herd. Why is it that nobody complains about the effect this type of display has on young minds?

    Kids are learning that it’s okay to use sexuality to get what they want. I’m not suggesting that if you wear a certain brand, you’re supporting the enemy (you are, though). I am saying that using sex to sell is so prevalent in our society, that most folks don’t even realize how desensitized they are until it’s too late. How many people are suffering from sexual addictions and do not even realize it? And it may have it’s roots in strolling through the mall with mommy and daddy.

    It’s the little things that we take for granted that lead is down a more destructive path. It doesn’t take long to end up in a situation that one would rather not be in. It doesn’t matter what the sin is. It could be lying, stealing, or sexual sin.

    I’m sorry for rambling – this is such a deep subject.

    But our Father in heaven knows. He knows how we struggle as humans. Praise Him for His grace. Continue to seek Him day by day. He will heal the wounds.

  5. Yeah, I gotta agree with GP here. There are many paths to destruction, and porn is but one of those. We need Christian leaders to rise up and deal with such issues as pornography and the rising divorce rate among Christians.
    I also like the comment here about “bouncing” your eyes. There are times when I will see an attractive female in my peripheral vision, and my eyes will turn in her direction without any prompting on my part. I’ve trained myself to immediately make my next glance in the opposite direction so as to not dwell on that image. That’s tougher to do some times than others, but it goes a long way in where my mind goes.

  6. Yeah, I gotta agree with GP here. There are many paths to destruction, and porn is but one of those. We need Christian leaders to rise up and deal with such issues as pornography and the rising divorce rate among Christians.
    I also like the comment here about “bouncing” your eyes. There are times when I will see an attractive female in my peripheral vision, and my eyes will turn in her direction without any prompting on my part. I’ve trained myself to immediately make my next glance in the opposite direction so as to not dwell on that image. That’s tougher to do some times than others, but it goes a long way in where my mind goes.

  7. Yeah, I gotta agree with GP here. There are many paths to destruction, and porn is but one of those. We need Christian leaders to rise up and deal with such issues as pornography and the rising divorce rate among Christians.
    I also like the comment here about “bouncing” your eyes. There are times when I will see an attractive female in my peripheral vision, and my eyes will turn in her direction without any prompting on my part. I’ve trained myself to immediately make my next glance in the opposite direction so as to not dwell on that image. That’s tougher to do some times than others, but it goes a long way in where my mind goes.

  8. Yeah, I gotta agree with GP here. There are many paths to destruction, and porn is but one of those. We need Christian leaders to rise up and deal with such issues as pornography and the rising divorce rate among Christians.
    I also like the comment here about “bouncing” your eyes. There are times when I will see an attractive female in my peripheral vision, and my eyes will turn in her direction without any prompting on my part. I’ve trained myself to immediately make my next glance in the opposite direction so as to not dwell on that image. That’s tougher to do some times than others, but it goes a long way in where my mind goes.

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