Yesterday at Gateway Church in northwest Austin, they talked about porn.
Porn talk in church on Sunday. God is moving, y’all.
With all that I am, I know God desperately wants healing for His people and He is stirring hearts to bring this issue into the light. Because where light is, darkness has to flee. And anyone who has been touched by porn addiction knows how much darkness surrounds it. It’s suffocating. It’s overwhelming. And Satan wants to tell us that it’s a hopeless situation or that it’s not worth the risk of confessing or that it’s not really hurting you.
Satan is really good at tailoring lies that speak to our exact situation.
But God is also really good at bringing Truth that touches our heart in just the place where we can receive it. Not to condemn us, but to convict us. And this conviction serves to let us know that there is something painful separating us from Him. He wants to show us how we can move it out of the way, how we can break down this wall that keeps us from knowing the fullness of His love and forgiveness. He wants this wall gone because He wants us.
God wants you. Even if you’re a porn addict. Especially because you’re a porn addict. He knows that if you’re turning to anything to fill this aching hole in your heart that what you’re really searching for is unconditional, totally fulfilling, audacious love.
And He has it.
And He feels it. He feels this love, this way, about you. And He’s going to keep after you with the Truth you need to be set free.
I saw this happen yesterday. I saw Truth spoken about porn addiction and healing in a new way.
This couple on stage (members of the church!) sat in front of hundreds of people and confessed the struggle with porn in their marriage.
And they said they were having fun.
In all the testimonies and interviews and articles Craig and I have written about porn addiction and healing, we have never called this fun.
I realized what they were saying, what they were exuding on their faces, was that building intimacy is fun. They were addressing hard questions. They were exploring their thoughts on things they had buried for so long. They were getting to know each other on a deeper level. They were learning what it means to really be one flesh.
As they learned that they could be fully known, they learned that they could be fully loved.
And isn’t that fun? Isn’t that a radical idea that our marriages can be places where we can have all our flaws and all our childhood pain and all our early adulthood baggage and still be loved. Still be someone that another person wants to be with? I mean, really be with.
Freedom is fun.
Porn addiction isn’t so fun. But having a spouse who will help you unravel it, who isn’t afraid to explore the real you, is. And the less you feel you have to keep up a facade, the easier it becomes to laugh, to enjoy, to give of yourself freely.
Of course, it took this couple time to get to where this kind of exploration was fun. And for sure there were hard nights and tear-filled conversations. But the point is, there was more to it than just hard.
There were dates and late nights playing board games. There were road trips with deep conversations. There were revelations and inside jokes.
And how like God is that? To intersperse joy in the midst of pain? To bring moments of laughter when so many tears have been shed? To give us something to hold onto when our world has been blown to bits?
Just like God.
To watch the sermon about porn addiction by Ben Sledge and to hear the Skalko’s personal testimony, click here.
*And Gateway Church, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Sunday.