A Porn-Free Man


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“Pornography is a plague that has destroyed countless lives and can also destroy yours. The sobering truth is that you do not have the resources to change within yourself.” (From the book “Finally Free” by Heath Lambert, pp. 27–28)

Men battle with lust.

There. I said it. It’s the ugly truth. No one wants to admit it, but it’s true. And we live in a pornographic culture that wants to exploit every ounce of that temptation.

So what are we to do? Here are some unhelpful approaches:

1) Ignore it. “Since every guy struggles with some aspect of lust, just grin and bear it.”

2) Condemn it. “No Christian should ever have these struggles. If you do, you’re not a Christian.”

Neither of these is biblical. Thankfully, there’s a third option:

3) Face it with the gospel. In grace and humility, yet with unflinching courage and honesty, go to the Bible and help one another apply the gospel to every area, including this one.

As followers of Christ, we are to help one another – not just saying “no” to what is wrong, but saying “yes” to what is right. It’s not only learning to close my eyes to what I shouldn’t look at. It’s about opening my eyes to what is truly glorious and beautiful – the mercy and grace and forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ.

Men’s Redemption Group
That is why Cross of Grace is starting a men’s redemption group. This is for men who are ready to admit their battle with lust and/or pornography and want to be free. It is also for men who (by God’s grace) have come through that battle and want to help other men.

Here’s what it will look like:
-Beginning October 1, we will meet at the church office from 7-9pm.
-We will work through “Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace”, a book by Heath Lambert.
-We will meet weekly, every Tuesday evening, 7-9pm for 9 weeks, completing the book by December 3rd.

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 1.53.19 PMAs a unified “kick-off”, we are joining with Sovereign Grace Church in Bloomington for their “Man to Man” gathering Saturday morning, Sept. 28th, 8am to 10:30am at Oak Grove Middle School. Rick Gamache will preach a message to the men on this topic. And every man in attendance will get a free copy of the book “Finally Free”. See more detail here.

Men of Cross of Grace, let’s answer the call to be men of purity and men of holiness by bringing this issue out of the darkness and into the light. God is ready to heal and forgive and set men free.

Our wives deserve that kind of husband. Our kids deserve that kind of dad. God’s church deserves that kind of man.

Fighting with you,
Scott

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