A Plea and A Warning (With a Little Extra)
I know many of you saw the video A Plea and A Warning on Sunday morning. This blog has some of the same information but expands the topic somewhat. It also includes a link to the video in case you missed it and a video with Ted Bundy you will want to check out!
Love you guys!
I want to ask all the Christians out there a question. If I gave you an opportunity to invest in an industry that generated more revenue than country music, rock music, jazz music, classical music, Broadway plays, and ballet combined last year would you want in?
It would at least be an intriguing opportunity, wouldn’t it?
What if I told you that 40 million of you are already investing in it regularly? In fact about 72% of men and 28% of women consistently bank there hard earned cash into this revenue machine!
Excited? You shouldn’t be! I’m talking about the porn industry!
Here’s where my heart is breaking…a very large percentage of that comes from those who claim to be followers of Jesus! Church…what are we doing?
In the book of Revelation chapter 2 Jesus addresses the church of Ephesus by first commending them for things they’ve done well and then rebuking them for what they’ve done wrong. Verse 4 and the beginning of verse 5 say:
You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen!
I want to challenge you with those very words! Look at the heights from which the church has fallen! How have our standards sunk so low?!
This blog, and the video that is included, are both a plea and a warning. Pornography destroys lives, destroys marriages, and destroys families!
Some of you right now know you are letting your mind, through a fantasy world, go places it shouldn’t be going! The lies you tell yourselves are “I can handle it!” “It’s just a romance novel!” or “It’s just a movie for girls night out!” But the truth is you can’t handle it and it’s porn wrapped in a book cover and glossed over by Hollywood hype!
The lie you don’t realize you’re buying into is that the acceptance, validation, and intimacy you are looking for can be found in pornography and sexual immorality! IT CAN NOT!!
Let me ask you this. If I told you there was a rattlesnake in your bed would you rationalize it away by saying, “Oh, it’s just a little one!” Or if I told you I put a little arsenic in your sweet tea would you still drink it?
If those two examples seem crazy to you then why would we snuggle up with pornography when it is more poisonous than either a rattlesnake or arsenic? Why would we coddle pornography when it not only destroys your life but destroys the life of those around you as well?
You need to understand that sin always takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you there longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay! Jesus tells us that the eye is the lamp of your body. He says that when our eyes are good, our whole body is full of light. But when they are bad, our whole body is full of darkness. Why? Because what you allow to pass through your eyes enters your mind and ultimately settles in your heart! Fantasies no longer satisfy and the line you wouldn’t cross continues to move! Fantasies become realities when the fantasy no longer satisfies! If you don’t believe me check out this interview with Ted Bundy. Yes, The Ted Bundy.
We need to understand that Ted Bundy started with soft-core pornographic magazines that he encountered in the local grocery stores. It progressed to hardcore pornography and then to violent pornography. When the fantasies were not enough he acted out what he had already seen. Am I saying that everyone who views pornography will end up as another Ted Bundy? No. Am I saying that you will reap destruction from the bad seed you sow? YES!
Any movie, book, magazine, website, picture, or anything else that causes you to be aroused by and/or lust after someone other than your spouse is PORN! And PORN is SIN…PERIOD! And for the single people who would rationalize it away by saying, “I don’t have a spouse” you’re not exempt either. You are committing adultery against God.
My plea with you today is that you would turn from your sin! My warning to you is that if you don’t, you are on a path to destruction! There are some who see themselves as dabbling in a harmless exotic and exciting new world, there are others who have so conditioned themselves to porn that you no longer see it as wrong, and there are others of you who are so mired in it that you don’t think there is any escape. Wherever you find yourself today, my prayer is that your eyes are open to the truth and hope that is in Jesus! That you will know this church is here to offer you a safe place to share your struggles and to not be Ok. We want to help you escape the porn trap.
Guys, get off the website, destroy the videos, burn the magazines! Stop rationalizing it as normal! It’s NOT normal! Ladies, stop rationalizing 50 Shades of Grey as a romance novel! It’s not. It IS porn! Stop rationalizing Magic Mike as a fun girls night out! It’s not. It IS porn! Turn back to your first love, JESUS! In other words break away from this devastating sin through repentance by turning from death through porn and to life through our living God.
Last thing. Our culture is saturated with gray area and confusion in regard to sexual issues. We feel that God has put it on our hearts to kick off a series entitled 50 Shades of Gray: The Black and White on Sexual Issues. It will not be a rant against the book, but will take an honest look at what scripture says about sex and the many issues that surround it as well as the hope we find in the GOOD NEWS of Jesus!
Remember…we don’t want anything from you…we want everything for you! That includes a heart that is whole and a life that glorifies God!
I love you guys and I want God’s best for your life!!
If pornography is destroying your life we want to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.