Pervasive Perversity

Twelve years into the twenty-first century, it’s official: porn is ubiquitous.  Check out the infographic below if you’re not yet convinced (click the image to enlarge).

If you are familiar with the ministry of pureHOPE, you know that we are about equipping people to pursue purity through the pray/understand/resolve/engage lifestyle.  Part of the understanding we need to have is of the cultural terrain around us.  Whether we are pastoring, parenting, or just trying to follow Jesus, we need to understand our environment, and it is imperative that we understand the pervasiveness of porn and sexualized content and attitudes around us–sin that so easily entangles.  It’s a fundamental part of living a Spirit-empowered life that is not outwitted by or ignorant of our enemy’s designs (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Understanding of “the facts on the ground” provides the proper motivation to acquire the necessary tools and strategies, and the proper context for implementing those tools and strategies in our lives, families, and churches.  Check out the following posts for practical, biblically based resources to equip yourself and those around you to pursue purity in a pornified age:

Proverbs 31, To Be Exact

Step 1:  Watch this video by 31 Status.

Step 2:  Read Proverbs 31:10-31.

Step 3:  Forward the video to someone who needs to see it.

Step 4:  Repeat steps 1-3.

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Join the Movement

There are many ways to get involved in the movement to oppose pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking—but the first step is a matter of the heart.  Until we are walking in a lifestyle of prayer, understanding, and resolve, our engagement with the issues will necessarily be limited.  Once we are grounded in a pure and just lifestyle, however, a kind of flywheel effect can take root that continually increases our intimacy with God and the effectiveness of our engagement with the world.

Here are ten ways, compiled by our pureJUSTICE interns, that you can begin making a difference today: Continue reading

Parenting in a Pornified Culture

Facing Life Head-On is an award-winning television series produced by Life Issues Institute.  We applaud them for their international efforts to promote the sanctity of life, and especially for having the vision and courage to produce an episode on pornography and the commercial sex industry: Satan’s Final Frontier–The Sex Industry.

In this episode, host Brad Mattes interviews Noel Bouché of pureHOPE and Shelley Lubben of the Pink Cross Foundation about the sexualized nature of contemporary society and the devastating impact of the sex industry on individuals, families, and communities.  The three-minute segment below highlights the role of parents in equipping their kids to pursue purity and virtue and why loving and engaged parenting is so important in a sexualized culture.

“I hold parents responsible for what is happening to this culture.”  Shelley Lubben

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Documenting Hope

As the injustices of pornography and sex trafficking increase, more individuals are engaging in action to combat them and raise awareness, including many talented artists and filmmakers across the world.  The pureHOPE team has had the privilege of connecting with several such projects over the past few years, and below are three documentary projects currently in production that we believe are worthy of not only your viewership, but your prayer and even financial support as well. Continue reading

How to Pray for Purity

by David Schrock, M.Div.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Paul says that we are to be constantly in prayer: “Pray without ceasing . . . for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Earlier in his same letter to the faithful Thessalonian church, he states, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (4:3).  In those two statements, you have a clear declaration of God’s will for our lives: that we prayerfully strive for the holiness of Jesus.

There can be no mistaking the will of God about prayer and purity, but perhaps we forget these basic truths, or perhaps we in our sinfulness do not know how to approach a holy God about our sexual purity.  And it is probably the case that few of us have heard such prayers in our churches.  So how do we learn to pray for purity?

Recently, I was reading through Scotty Smith’s prayer book, Everyday Prayers, and I came across a model prayer by Pastor Smith based on 1 Corinthians 6:14-18.  It is a prayer that meditates on the “brokenness and beauty of human sexuality.”  Take a listen: Continue reading

Sanctification: Robert Murray McCheyne

In a small but powerful booklet titled The Deeper Life, Robert Murray McCheyne, a Scottish pastor and author who died at the age of twenty-nine in 1843, addresses one obstacle to growing in sanctification (the progressive formation of Christ within us): doubt as to the power of God to really sanctify us and free us from the power of sin.  “I am often tempted to say, ‘How can this Man save me?  How can Christ in Heaven deliver me from lusts which I feel raging in me, and nets I feel enclosing me?’  This is the father of lies again!  For Jesus ‘is able to save unto the uttermost’ (Hebrews 7:25).”

The antidote to the lie, McCheyne says, is to grow in grace, chiefly through prayer.  “I am persuaded that nothing is thriving in my soul unless it is growing,”  he observes.  We must desire to be more like Christ, and we “ought to strive for more purity, humility, meekness, patience under suffering, and love.  ‘Make me Christ-like in all things,’ should be my constant prayer.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit.”

“True holiness is Christ in us, the hope of glory,” McCheyne reminds us, and this reality is birthed and sustained in prayer.  “When God gives grace to souls, it is in answer to the prayers of His children.”

Let us remember and emulate the zeal for purity and holiness exhibited by saints like McCheyne, and commit to a deeper pursuit of a sanctified life founded upon the pillars of prayer, understanding, resolve, and engagement.