CHURCH

KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER

Developing a culture of ‘dangerous honesty’ in your church requires more than occasional mentions of porn and sex. Ensure that your congregation know that they can speak to their leadership about specific issues and have your pastoral and prayer teams trained in this area.

Encourage your church to see porn as ‘our problem’. It impacts everyone - addicts, partners, young people, parents, youth leaders, grandparents, friends…

Encourage mentors and small group leaders to ask specific and direct questions about porn and equip them to keep others accountable with resources such as ‘Covenant Eyes’ software.

TOP 3 RESOURCES

WWW.NAKEDTRUTHPROJECT.COM

Naked Truth run various workshops for churches and communities to help them tackle the issue of porn. You can book us to come and deliver sessions in your local area or join in with another event. Ask about becoming a church partner, where we offer long-term support and training.

CONFRONTING PORN, PAULA HALL

Confronting porn offers a biblical and practical approach to the issue of porn, offering hope and support for individuals struggling with porn and for those who want to help them. The book can serve as a workbook for those on a journey to freedom and provides various practical exercises.

WWW.ELLEL.ORG/UK

Ellel Ministries run a ‘Freedom from Pornography’ course and various healing retreats for those struggling with porn or impacted by somebody else’s porn use.

ONLINE RESOURCES

WWW.COVENANTEYES.COM

Covenant Eyes provide Internet Accountability and filtering software but also have a comprehensive collection of blogs and articles tackling the issue of pornography from a Christian perspective. These blogs are easy to read and can provide a respite for partners who feel alone.

WWW.ACC-ORG.UK

Association of Christian Counsellors. Please note, not all counsellors registered at this site have had training in or experience dealing with pornography addiction, so do check before committing to therapy.

WWW.XXXCHURCH.COM

XXXchurch are an organisation with the largest website dealing with porn and sex addiction that provides accountability software, accountability groups and a recovery programme, as well as engaging thousands of people on social media. They host blogs and provide resources specifically for couples and partners

WWW.24-7PRAYER.COM

24/7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice working in more than half the nations on Earth. It helps millions of people in thousands of locations to encounter God and engage with the needs of the world. It’s aims are to revive the church and rewire the culture through ‘Prayer Rooms’ and ‘Boiler Rooms’.

WWW.HEALINGMISSION.ORG

The Christian Healing Mission is a charity that encourages churches and individuals of all denominations to engage with the healing ministry of Jesus today. It’s approach is to help people experience a personal awareness of the presence of Jesus with them, which so often leads to healing. CHM welcomes those in need of prayer at its premises in London, and has various means of enabling people to receive ministry nationwide, as well as offering teaching and training to churches as they explore their own involvement in this ministry.

BOOKS

SEX AND THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST, JOHN PIPER & JUSTIN TAYLOR

A book for both men and women about God’s view of sex. It aims to show the beauty and wisdom of God in His design of sex.

SEX IS NOT THE PROBLEM (LUST IS), JOSHUA HARRIS

Harris shares his own struggle with lust and invites young men and women to fight for holiness alongside helping readers to create a personal plan for fighting back.

DANGEROUS HONESTY, KARIN COOKE

A ‘Naked Truth’ book containing the stories of women who have courageously chosen to speak out about their journey as a porn addict or as a partner of an addict. The book also provides encouragement for those struggling to share with others.

FINALLY FREE, HEATH LAMBERT

This book examines the truth that real freedom is not found by simply trying to change but draws on the power of Jesus, and offers eight gospel-centred strategies for overcoming the lure of porn.

SEX GOD, ROB BELL

This book explores the relationship between sexuality and spirituality arguing that they are interwoven and, therefore, in order to make sense of sexuality, talking about God is necessary.

GOD LOVES SEX, DAN ALLENDER AND TEMPER LONGMAN

Written by a psychologist and a biblical scholar, this book talks honestly about the goodness of sexual desire, beauty, physical intimacy, sexual struggles and the glory of sex.

RESTORED: TRUE STORIES OF LOVE AND TRUST AFTER PORN, MATT AND CAMERON FRADD

This book contains 10 honest, hard-hitting accounts of real couples whose lives were shattered by porn’s destructive effects but by God’s grace were able to find healing and hope, renewed trust, and restored intimacy.

Ian Henderson