Porn in the Church

PASTOR Michael Guglielmucc has been the focus of many lately.  He wrote a beautiful song called “Healer.”  The song was no. 2 on the charts and spread like wildfire, mainly because he performed it while wearing an oxygen tube.  He did this because he told a lie.  He reported to all, his family, church and the viewing world, that he had an aggressive form of cancer.  Michael revealed recently, some two years later, that he was lying.  This story, as you can imagine, generated lots of donations from supporters, many of whom really were sick.  Bloggers everywhere are frustrated and letting him have it.  He’s a liar and a thief, the blogs scream.

I think there is a part of the story that isn’t getting enough attention.  You see, Michael’s reported motivation was an addiction to Porn.  That’s right.  He lied, cheated and maybe stole, all for the love of his life, Porn.

Now, having battled the dreaded addiction myself, I remember searching for help.  I remember some who minimized the problem, and I remember some who could offer no help because they shared the problem.  There was not one message or sermon that addressed this problem in the years I fought it.  What I remember the most is that I had to hit bottom before the healing could really begin.  Look, what Michael did is awful to say the least.   All I’m saying is I remember that I lied, I cheated, I. . .  well I didn’t steal money,  anyway.  Hitting bottom was humiliating and disgraceful.  So I’m praying that Michael remembers to sing the song, the gift of song that God gave him as he sat crying that day.

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in you
I trust in you

I believe
You’re my healer
I believe
You are all i need
I believe
You’re my portion
I believe
You’re more than enough for me
Jesus, you’re all i need

Nothing is impossible for you
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for you
You hold my world in your hands

Now let’s address something else about Porn addictions.  Michael’s addiction is not the only one in the church, IS IT?

50 percent of men viewed pornography within one week of attending a Promise Keepers stadium event… 54 percent of pastors said they viewed porn within the past year in a Pastors.com survey… in a 2003 Focus on the Family poll 47 percent of respondents said porn is a problem in their home.

What am I saying?  There is a major problem with Porn in the church.  We need to talk about the danger of this from the pulpit, in small groups, and in our homes.  We need to remember that we believe unto righteousness.  That’s to say that God has given us everything we need for right thinking and right action.  We need to share our struggles with each other and pray for one another.  The focused and aggressive prayer of the righteous does a lot of good in situations like this.  Share your struggle with someone you can trust.  Be an understanding and non-judgmental friend for someone trying to overcome.  Fight for your freedom, not your addiction.  You can win!

For help with a Porn addiction visit http://xxxchurch.com/gethelp/ There is help for all — teens, parents, pastors, churches, men, and women.  Check it out!

Last note, pastors: please consider making this Sunday, Porn Sunday at your church.  There is Porn in the church.

There is NO power, greater than the POWER OF GOD, not even PORN.  There is deliverance, there is healing, and God is still HEALER.

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2 thoughts on “Porn in the Church

  1. Courageous, brother.

    You know the Guglielmucci saga has been all over the Wall (http://hiscrivener.wordpress.com/index.php?s=michael+guglielmucci), however, it takes courage to redirect the conversation and mention the links you did.

    One word to the wise – blogs are anonymous. If you hit the link, no one knows who you are. Perhaps you are considering those for a reason. Thank God they were here… and you were too.

    Bless you!

    Peace,
    HiScrivener

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