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Christ Defines a “Christian View” of Scripture

What does it mean to have a “Christian” viewpoint about something?  Various people and groups who would take the name “Christian” have a variety of views about matters such as baptism and church government, who can serve as pastors, Christian liberty, and what science does or doesn’t prove.  Various folks who call themselves “Christians” even differ on the exact identity of Christ!

Many of us who do agree on the person of Christ — that He is eternally God, who became a man, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for sinners, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is physically returning one day — are willing to acknowledge others as believers even if we disagree on some secondary (but not unimportant) issues.  One of the reasons we can agree to disagree is because we share the same authority – the Bible (Old and New Testaments).  We just disagree on how to interpret it and apply it when we come to certain key passages and issues.  But as those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord, we cannot give any approval to a view that calls itself “Christian” while standing in stark opposition to what Christ Himself actually said and did, anymore than we could pretend that play money was a legitimate form of currency.

The good news of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Each of these Gospels focuses on the Person and work of our Lord.  One fascinating and helpful thing we can learn about Jesus is how He viewed Scripture, demonstrated in his quotation, application, and teaching about God’s written Word.  Looking at Jesus’ use of Scripture answers several questions for us and helps us test whether our view of the Bible is truly a “Christ”-ian view.

DID JESUS BELIEVE THE SCRIPTURES WERE HISTORICALLY ACCURATE?

Some who claim a “Christian” view of the Bible have alleged that it is reliable in regard to spiritual matters, but when it comes to history, it has mistakes.  What did the Son of God think?

In his article, “Embracing Christ’s View of Scripture,” Terry Mortenson observes:  “Jesus acknowledged that Adam and Eve were the first married couple (Matthew 19:3–6; Mark 10:3–9) and Abel was the first prophet and was martyred (Luke 11:50–51). He believed the accounts of Noah and the Flood (Matthew 24:37–39), Lot and his wife (Luke 17:28–32), Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:15), Moses and the serpent in the wilderness (John 3:14), the manna from heaven (John 6:32– 33, 6:49), the miracles of Elijah (Luke 4:25–27), Jonah and the big fish (Matthew 12:40–41)—the list goes on.

“Jesus did not allegorize these accounts but took them as real events that actually happened just as the Old Testament describes. He used these past events to reassure His disciples that the future events of His own death, Resurrection, and Second Coming would likewise certainly happen in time-space reality.”

A truly Christian view of the Bible trusts its complete reliability – even to the point of historical persons and details.

DID JESUS BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURES WERE WITHOUT ERROR?

Some claim a “Christian” view of the Bible, yet they freely confess their belief that this Book that claims to come from God has errors.  What did Jesus believe?

Jesus said:  “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18).  He also said, “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

In “The Christian’s View of Scripture,” Kevin DeYoung explains, “The word for ‘broken’ (luo) in verse 35 means to loose, release, dismiss, or dissolve. It carries here the sense of breaking, nullifying, or invalidating. It’s Jesus way of affirming that no word of Scripture can be falsified. No promise or threat can fall short of fulfillment. No statement can be found guilty of error. For Jesus—just as for his Jewish audience—he believed Scripture was the word of God, and as such, it would be gross impiety to think that any word spoken by God, or committed to writing by God, might be an errant word, a wrong word, or a broken word.”

When the Sadducees tried to trick Jesus with a question about the resurrection (a teaching they did not believe), Jesus reprimanded them by saying, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).  Jesus proceeded to prove the resurrection from a simple, but key, verb tense: God said I am (not was) the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  From this minute detail Jesus proved the resurrection and stated that God is not the God of the dead but of the living.  If Jesus thought there were errors in the Scripture, how could he know the Scriptures to be one of the things that could have kept the Sadducees from erring?

A truly Christian view of the Bible agrees with Christ, that God gave the Scriptures with no errors.

DID JESUS BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURES WERE AUTHORITATIVE?

Christ’s view of the Scripture not only included belief in its historical reliability and inerrancy, but also its authority.

Jesus openly rebuked religious leaders who elevated human traditions above the commandment of God, recorded in Scripture (Matthew 15:1-9).

When Jesus faced temptation from Satan to turn stones into bread if He was really the Son of God (after being declared the Son of God publicly at His baptism and after fasting in the wilderness forty days), He responded, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  As the Son of God, Jesus subjected Himself to the authority of Scripture, called it necessary for life, and identified it as something that calls for our obedience.

As the Word of God, the Scriptures come from God and carry the divine authority by implication.  A truly Christian view of the Bible agrees with Jesus, who taught their divine authority.

DID JESUS BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURES POINTED TO HIMSELF?

Another distinguishing mark of a Christian view of Scripture that follows Christ, is seeing Christ as the fulfillment of numerous Old Testament prophecies.

After His baptism and temptation, Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue (a prophecy of the Messiah/Christ from Isaiah 61).  After reading it, He said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:16-32).

Jesus pointed out the irony of those who thought the Scriptures gave them life, telling them that they should search them, because they “testify of Me,” yet they would not come to Him, that they might have life (John 5:39-40).  He said Moses himself would indict them for their unbelief, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:46-47)

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus met two confused disciples and “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).  He also said, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” and showed them how the written Word of God had told of the sufferings and resurrection of Him, the One in whose name they were to go forth and preach repentance and forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:44-47).

A truly Christian view of the Bible sees it as a book that is historically accurate, inerrant, authoritative, and prophetic.

DOES JESUS APPROVE OF YOUR “CHRISTIAN” VIEW?

Jesus once said to Nicodemus, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things?”  In a similar manner, if we cannot trust the Bible to give us an accurate account of the origin of the universe, the history of mankind, the record of the nation Israel, details about Jesus and the apostles, etc… how can we possibly trust it when it comes to matters of unseen, eternal things?  If we don’t believe Genesis, how can we believe the Gospel of John?  If we claim to be Christians, how can we justify identifying as Christian a view that opposes what Christ Himself taught?

The last word on the written Word has been spoken by Him Who is the incarnate Word.  Let us honor and trust Him by letting Him define what is truly a “Christ”-ian view and taking His word for it.

BookCoverKeepingtheFaithinaChristianCollegeKINDLEThis article originally appeared in the Common Ground Herald.  An adapted version of it appears in my book, Keeping the Faith in a Christian College.

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Preaching and Statistics

95% of people who read the first paragraph of this article will not finish it.  According to a study done by the …. okay, just kidding.

Seriously, though – have you ever considered why we use statistics and what they actually are?  (And the number did grab your attention at least for a second, right?)

Why Do We Use Statistics?

Many times we hear (or preach) sermons in which certain numbers are thrown out to demonstrate or verify or teach some supposed reality about the thing we are addressing.  Sometimes we have a good reason to use a statistic.  Other times… we really don’t (and many times our reasons for using them are some mixture of motives).

Relevance & Clarity

Sometimes we simply want a number that shows people things really are relevant.  There are actually people in the real world.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 4 women in the US die of heart disease.  When we start thinking of the likelihood that 25% of the women we know could die from this disease, it makes us think a little differently.

According to a 2012 Lifeway study, 80% of churchgoers don’t read their Bible daily.  That may explain a lot of ignorance of the Bible and disobedience to the Bible in our churches.

Artificial Authority

Have you ever noticed how some listeners’ ears perk up when you give a number?  Once you mention 35% or 60% or 1 out of 10 or whatever percentage or ration you use, it is almost as if an extra air of authority and scientific precision has overtaken the room, even if only for a moment.  Those numbers sure make things sound measurable, careful, and “official.”

Shock Value

“The divorce rate of Christians is the same as that of the world!” This is an inaccurate, but popularly repeated mantra.  Sometimes we hope a statistic will wake people up.  Or get their attention… or get us some attention.

What Statistics Are

Before you quote that next statistic in your message, think about what statistics actually are.

1. Statistics are numbers.
2. Statistics are numbers based on studies done of people.
3. Statistics are numbers based on studies done of people who sometimes lie.
4. Statistics are numbers based on studies done of people who sometimes lie by people who sometimes lie.
5. Statistics are numbers based on studies done of people who sometimes lie by people who sometimes lie and are sometimes based on too small or limited a segment of people to give an accurate representation of reality.
6. Statistics are numbers based on studies done of people who sometimes lie by people who sometimes lie and are sometimes based on too small or limited a segment of people to give an accurate representation of reality and are often prone to manipulation.

I think you get the idea.  Done by people with studies of people, not all statistics are equally valuable, helpful, or valid.  Sometimes surveys limit the choices of respondents who would not choose any of the options, yet choose one just to complete the survey.  Some respondents may lie to someone in person but tell the truth in an online anonymous situation.  Some have too small a sample to accurately speak to the larger populace about an issue.

Some statistics are well-researched, reasonable, and helpful.  But even they cannot boast of perfect certainty as to their results, just a (hopefully) clear pointer to what appears to be the case, based on the questions they asked and the answers they found.

The Nature of Gospel Ministry

The nature of the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ should inform us as we consider how to use or not use statistics.  It is the certain Word of God we are to preach with authority (2 Timothy 4:2), not human statistics, which may be filled with error or skewed.  We are to renounce “the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2).

Don’t give in to the temptation to use statistics as a cheap shortcut or filler.  If you decide to use a statistic, doublecheck it to make sure it’s from a reliable source and a good study of the question it addresses.  Statistics should be used to illustrate truths, needs, and relevance, but must not be used to supersede the authority of the Bible or give a higher “proof” to the truths revealed in the living and active Word.  God says in Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  That’s true not just 95% of the time, but 100%.

For more tips on “3 Ways to Recognize Bad Statistics” see this article by Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research.

Who’s Robbing Whom? Some Thoughts on Pulpit Plagiarism

PulpitSupplyHandbookBookCoverby Doug Smith

Is it wrong to preach another pastor’s sermon?  Pulpit plagiarism can be a hot topic.  To commit plagiarism, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas.”  This issue is certainly not new, but there has been a good bit of discussion in the last few years concerning possible answers to this question, some of which are quite disturbing.

Some prominent pastors, such as Rick Warren and James Merritt, openly encourage other pastors to take their sermons and preach them – even without giving proper credit.  However, others disagree. On December 7, 2006, the Albert Mohler Program featured a radio interview between Dr. Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), and Hershael York, a pastor as well as a professor of preaching at SBTS.  They are in agreement about this issue, and the title of the program reveals their perspective: “Plagiarism in the Pulpit: Stealing the Material We Preach.”  They believe a pastor should actually take the time to study and prepare messages suited for his own congregation instead of using something prepackaged and pre-processed.  Shocking, isn’t it?

For years, in addition to full-time teaching, I have preached in a supply capacity, filling in for pastors or serving churches that do not have a pastor.  Study time is a premium amidst family and work responsibilities. It could be tempting to steal others’ sermons.

However, I believe Mohler and York are exactly right about this issue.   I realize there are variations on pulpit plagiarism, ranging from preaching another’s sermon verbatim to extensively modifying it.  Regardless of the extent, when credit is not given where credit is due, people are being robbed.  And the interesting thing is that the ones who suffer the most are not the people whose material is being used, but the people who are stealing it and the people who are having it fed to them.  Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations in at least five ways.

  1. Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations of spiritual nourishment they can only get from someone who lives among them and labors in the text of Scripture.

The pastor who is content to steal others’ sermons robs himself of the valuable discipline of study and its benefits for himself. He has less reason to devote hours throughout the week to the Word than he would if he were preparing the sermon himself. The plagiarizer deprives himself of a great blessing that God would freely give to him and the congregation if he would devote himself to the Word.

The congregation also gets the short end of the stick. Just as the milk from a mother’s breast contains nutrients specially and uniquely suited for her child, a pastor who studies the Word and knows his congregation will be able to feed Christ’s sheep with a diet suited to their needs better than any prepackaged sermon can. Phillips Brooks said that a true preacher is one who utters “truth through his own personality,” and this is what every congregation needs. There are particular applications of the text that may be irrelevant to a congregation if taken from a “canned” sermon, and there are particular applications they need that cannot be gained except from their own pastor’s labors in the Word. This is especially true in foreign countries where the people may have no clue as to the point of certain illustrations from American culture and have certain needs that preachers from other backgrounds might not touch upon.

2. Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations by discouraging consecutive exposition.

Many pastors have found that the best way to feed Christ’s sheep is through expounding the Scripture book by book. This enables the preachers to share passages with the big picture of its context in mind. When done correctly, expositional preaching lets God set the agenda and makes His Word the authority, rather than the preacher. There are variations on this method.  One can, like John MacArthur, preach dozens of sermons from one Bible book.  On the other hand, one can preach overview sermons which cover an entire book in one sermon, in addition to covering smaller units of Scripture.  Faithful expositors, no matter how large a preaching unit they use, agree with what Mark Dever has said: “An expositional sermon is one in which the point of the passage is the point of the message.” And the best way to ensure that you are preaching the point of the passage in each message is to preach consecutively through a book of the Bible.

A plagiarizing pastor may preach expositionally if he steals material from someone who preaches through books. But I would imagine the tendency for many would be to preach whatever sermon strikes them for the week or whatever the latest topical offering is from the mailing list they are on or the magazine to which they subscribe.

3. Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations by encouraging laziness.

A pastor is called to be diligent (2 Timothy 2:15). He is called to take time to think in order to gain understanding: “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7). He must get the knowledge he needs and take time to process that knowledge through meditation and research and study. He must pray and labor. Preaching another man’s sermon requires none of this. One could certainly modify it, but the temptation to carry over as much as possible to prevent as much work as possible will be there.

4. Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations of a safeguard against false teaching.

If a pastor is too lazy to study for his own sermons, he will probably be too lazy to check out the exegesis and application of another’s sermon to make sure that it is legitimate. He may begin teaching all sorts of false doctrine without even realizing that he is promoting unbiblical ideas. How can he guard the flock if he only takes for granted that he is feeding them healthy food?

5. Pulpit plagiarism robs pastors and congregations by rendering thieving preachers obsolete.

If a pastor simply preaches a sermon from another preacher, why couldn’t someone else from the congregation preach? Why not simply have the person with the most pleasant voice preach? Why not have the person majoring in drama preach a stolen sermon? Better yet, why not show a video every week of a favorite celebrity preacher?

If a pastor simply steals sermons from someone else, why go through all the trouble? Why not fire the pastor or free him up to do the other things he needs to do and let someone else preach a “canned” sermon or show a video?

In his book, Walking with the Giants, Warren Wiersbe gives a relevant warning:

Two dangers we must avoid as we read the sermonic literature of the past: imitation and plagiarism.Imitation robs me of my individuality, and plagiarism robs me of my character; both are insidious. One young preacher was so taken with the sermons in a certain book that he decided to preach them as a series. What he did not know was that one of his members owned the same book and had read it. As the member left the service one Sunday, he said to his pastor, “That was a fine sermon this morning!” Then he added with a smile, “Next week’s is good, too!” The problem, of course, lies not with the character of the printed sermon but with the character of the preacher reading it. Blackwood was rather blunt in his counsel: “If one is tempted to steal the fruits of other men’s labors, one ought to let such books severely alone. . . ”

Francis Bacon, in one of his essays, compared students to spiders, ants, and bees, and we may justly apply the illustration to preachers. Some preachers never study but, like the spider, spin everything out from within, beautiful webs that never last. Some are like ants that steal whatever they find, store it away, and use it later. But the bee sets the example for us all: he takes from many flowers, but he makes his own honey.

So, let us neither spin sermons without study, nor be thieves like the ant. Let us be like the bee. As we benefit from a multitude of sources, we must make the final product our own. We need to be, as Dr. Erwin Lutzer said, those who milk many cows but make our own butter. Let’s learn from many sources.  Let’s assimilate what we have learned and produce our own sermons. If we fail to churn our own butter and merely lift our messages from other men, we do not merely rob them (even if they say it is okay), but we rob ourselves and the people of God of a rich spiritual feast.

A version of this article was originally posted at SharperIron.

* Audio of this radio program is available at www.albertmohler.com

 

 

The Man of God Is a Man on the Run

“A man of God is a lifelong fugitive, fleeing those things that would destroy him and his ministry…. A man of God is known not only by what he runs from, but also by what he runs toward.  Behind are the sins which could destroy him; ahead lie the virtues that make his ministry powerful.  As long as we live on this earth, the man of God can never stop running.  If he stops fleeing evil, it will catch him; and if he stops pursuing righteousness, it will elude him.  His entire life and ministry is one of flight from what is wrong and pursuit of what is right.”

John MacArthur (“The Man of God and Expository Preaching” in Preaching: How to Preach Biblically, pgs. 64, 65-66)

Click here to check out the sermon transcript and free audio MacArthur’s sermon on 1 Timothy 6:11-14.

Helpful Book for Knowing and Overcoming the Enemy’s Strategy

When dealing with an enemy, victory is impossible apart from a knowledge of the enemy’s strategy and a plan that will thwart his approach.  From the first temptation (Genesis 3) and throughout the Scriptures, Satan has employed strategic means to entice people to rebel against God.  We are to be on guard against him and resist him (1 Peter 5:8-9).

To help awaken and encourage people in this effort, Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), English Puritan preacher and author (and a favorite writer of Charles H. Spurgeon), penned a book entitled Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. I am filling in for a pastor over the next three weeks and am preparing to preach from Genesis 3, so I thought this would make some good auxiliary reading.  Watson evidences serious meditation on Scripture even in the preliminary part of the book, as I’ve already been instructed and edified by the table of contents (the Puritans had a way of making title and tables of content quite substantive).

Check out this excerpt:

II. SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN
[12 devices and their remedies]

1. By presenting the bait and hiding the hook: For remedies, consider that
1) we ought to keep at the greatest distance from sin and from playing with the bait
2) sin is but a bitter sweet
3) sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses
4) sin is very deceitful and bewitching

2. By painting sin with virtue’s colors:
For remedies, consider that
1) sin is never the less vile by being so painted
2) the more sin is so painted the more dangerous it is
3) we ought to look on sin with that eye with which within a few hours we shall see it
4) sin cost the life-blood of the Lord Jesus

As Watson points out, if we will think about sin as God does, see its true nature, and consider that it is the reason the Savior had to suffer, bleed, and die, it will help tremendously in our fight to keep from being deceived by the enemy.

Click here to see the entire table of contents

Click here to order the book from WTS Bookstore (only $6.30 as of this post)

Click here to view/download the first American edition of the book from Google Books (free)

Character Counts, Especially in the Ministry

Last night in our Bristol CAPS class, Pastor Bryan Hall spoke on the need for the preacher to be a man of character and integrity.

I wanted to mention three additional resources to encourage you to pursue godliness in your personal life:

1. Dr. Don Whitney has written a great article entitled “The Sinkhole Syndrome” -great material for the kind of regular spiritual check-ups we should engage in.

A couple of quotes:

I’m sure you’re already familiar with many factors that undermine intimacy with Christ. Realize that it’s almost certain that the ‘time-thieves’ trying to steal from your time with God will only increase as the years pass. My hope is that this article will alert you to this subtle, creeping tendency so that it won’t overtake you.

Resolve never to let your daily life keep you from Jesus daily.

2. Messages from the 2010 Bancroft Leadership Conference on Integrity in the Ministry (free downloads, messages by Dr. Peter Youmans)

3. Warren Wiersbe’s book, The Integrity Crisis (required reading for the CAPS diploma program)

* Note: if you are presently in the CAPS class and are a member of my local church and do not have a copy, please let me know.

How Can I Help Those Who Struggle with Sexual Addictions?

The unprecedented quantity and easy availability of pornography have not only affected the world in general, but the church in particular.  What was once hard to access is now easy with technology, including mobile phones. If you are a pastor, you have probably already faced counseling situations that involved this issue.  If you have not encountered these situations, you likely will in the near future.  Many in our churches (women and men, single and married, young and old) have a past or present enslavement to this destructive poison, the lies it spreads, and the perversions that it encourages.  Many pastors struggle with this sin as well.  I do not write with a tone of condemnation for strugglers, past or present; I write to try to call this deceptive phenomenon what it is, because it presents itself as attractive – like the bait hiding the hook.  It is a serious issue of idolatry and misdirected worship, but there is hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are a number of resources available that seek to provide biblical counsel to past and present strugglers which will help them grow in sanctification, and may also be of help to others by encouraging them to keep up their guard.  This is not an exhaustive list.  I am aware that there are some other resources as well (feel free to suggest any in the comments or by contacting me).  This post includes authors whom I have read and have reason to commend to you.  Many of these resources would be useful not only for one on one discipleship and counseling, but for small group studies.  Hopefully you will find something here to be of benefit to you and those you have opportunity to counsel, encourage, and warn.

Tim Challies, Sexual Detox: A Guide for the Single Guy (Click for free eBook, pdf format)

Tim Challies, Sexual Detox: A Guide for the Married Guy (Click for free eBook, pdf format)

(Click here to read the original series online at Tim’s blog.)

Brian Croft, “How Do You Counsel a Husband Who Has Hurt His Wife with His Pornography Struggle?

Brian Croft, “How Do You Counsel a Wife Hurt by Her Husband’s Pornography Struggle?

Joshua Harris, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World (book)

Rick Holland, A Biblical Strategy for Fighting Lust (conference talk; see related manuscript)

John Piper, “Battling the Unbelief of Lust” (Click here for access to sermon manuscript and audio)

John Piper, A.N.T.H.E.M: Strategies for Fighting Sexual Lust

David Powlison, “Breaking Pornography Addiction” (Click here for Part 1) (Click here for Part 2)

David Powlison, “Making All Things New: Restoring Pure Joy to the Sexually Broken” (Click here for link to conference audio and video) (Click here for free .pdf file download of book chapter)

Review of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William M. Struthers by Dr. Albert Mohler

Here are a couple of blogposts with links to more resources:

“Porndemic” by Justin Taylor

“Women and Pornography” by Thabiti Anyabwile

Here is an article on how pornography affects the brain:

Slave Master: How Pornography Drugs & Changes Your Brain by Donald L. Hilton, Jr. The article seeks to address two fallacies:

Fallacy No. 1: Pornography is not a drug.

Fallacy No. 2: Pornography is therefore not a real addiction.

“While we must continue to fight the good fight legally and societally, we are way beyond avoidance as our only defense. Pornography wants you, it wants your husband or wife, it wants your son and daughter, your grandchildren, and your in-laws. It doesn’t share well, and it doesn’t leave easily. It is a cruel master, and seeks more slaves.”

Let’s fight the good fight of faith and help others to as well, pointing them to the pure joy found in Jesus.