Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Applause, Applause!

I know I said I was going to talk about my trip to Miami today, but something else has caught my attention that is of greater importance.

I personally believe that there are a few "taboo" sins that the church has serious problems with today. These are the sins that either we brush over because we don't think they are so "bad," or because we don't want to talk about them because they're too difficult to talk about. One of these sins is gluttony, the other: sex and/or pornography.

Even the word is dirty: pornography. Porn. Porno. It gives me bad mental images just typing out the words. I do think that churches today are doing a lot more to attack this sin than they were even when I was in Jr. High/High School just a few years ago, but it still isn't enough. I attended a Christian university. Two of the major problems on that particular campus were anorexia/bulemia for girls, and porn addiction for guys. And, of course, I think the two are inter-related.

As I watched the local news last night (I don't remember the channel, I tried to look it up but couldn't find the story so that I could link you guys to it), I saw a break through occur. I actually witnessed it with my own two eyes. This is no ordinary break-through. This is something that will rock our churches and universities to the core if we choose to get involved. The People's Church in Franklin, TN (www.thepeopleschurch.org) is partnering with XXX Church (www.xxxchurch.com) to have Porn Sunday this coming Sunday, June 5, at 6pm. This is a prelude to National Porn Sunday which will be held in churches nation-wide on October 9th, 2005. Yeah, seems like those two words are words that you would never hear associated with one another, but I say, it's about time. There are too many men (and a growing number of women) who are addicted to porn. It ruins them. It ruins their marriages.

XXX Church was started by two young men, Mike Foster and Craig Gross. These guys are incredible. They go as far as to set up booths on pornography and it's effects at porn conventions. They are Jesus. They are willing to take the step and confront this sin when it has people at their worst. But, if you want to learn more about them and their ministry, I'll let you check out their web site that I listed above.

There is also more information about Porn Sunday on The People's Church website. This will consist of a documentary called "Missionary Positions" about the effects of porn on men, women, and marriages. The founders of XXX Church will be in Franklin on Sunday morning to talk about the damages that porn can do, and that night, will present the film and host a Q&A session afterward. And, don't worry, they're being very careful about who gets to view this film. You will have to have an ID proving that you are over 17, and if you are 16 or under, you must have a permission slip from your parents to view the film.

I give a standing ovation to Mike Foster and Craig Gross. They are breaking ground across the country. I also applaud The People's Church for supporting their ministry and helping to get the word out about pornography.

I am hoping that everyone who reads this will visit the XXX Church web site and find out how to get involved in National Porn Sunday. You have plenty of time to prepare for it, but don't put it off. Get involved. Pray about it, and watch God work.



"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible." Ephesians 5:8-14

2 Comments:

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Tony Arnold said...

The current issue of NewWineskins has an article about this ministry and either Monday's or Sunday's Tennessean had an article about it as well.

Tony
Tony's Blog

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Also check out the Porn Sunday Grid Blog.

 

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