Purity for Life is the bi-weekly podcast from Pure Life Ministries. Each episode will take you where real life meets real Christianity as we tackle the tough issues for those struggling with sexual sin. Thanks for listening!
#322 - How Do You Get Right With God?
It’s easy for people to assume the best about their spiritual lives. But Christians who are trapped in sexual sin often have doubts. Because they aren't seeing the powerful life changes that the gospel promises, they wonder where they're really at with God. In response, counselor Jim Lewis gives a biblical perspective on the most important question someone can ask: “What does it take to get right with God?” Also in this episode: developing a vibrant prayer life as a powerful weapon in the fight against sexual addiction.
For more information on how to get right with God, we encourage you to check out the following blog articles:
Are Christians in Sexual Sin Really Saved?
You Can Break Free from the Bondage of Satan’s Will
Freedom Can Only be Found at the Cross
How Can I Be Saved and Still Be in Sexual Sin?
#321 - “My Own Life”: A Deadly Christian Myth
News headlines are full of warnings about deception, from online hacking to illegal business practices. In the spiritual world, Christians also face a deceptive enemy. He often attacks us with a very subtle myth: the idea that believers can still pursue their own self-focused life. Counselor Jordan Yoshimine clarifies the problems with this lie and contrasts it with biblical Christianity. Also in this episode: a powerful perspective on time versus eternity, and how Bible study connects to the quest for victory over sexual sin.
BONUS (from #321 - “My Own Life”: A Deadly Christian Myth)
Nate Danser, Pure Life's Director of Ministry Outreach, shares his own play-by-play strategy for deeper, more meaningful Bible study.
#320 - Help for Struggling Women and Hurting Wives
It's easy to associate sexual sin with men, but it's also a women's issue. More than 15% of Christian women are also addicted—and countless more are facing the overwhelming trauma of a husband's addiction. Today's episode highlights how sexual sin impacts women. Jessie Meldrum explains the specific challenges that women in addiction are dealing with, and Kathy Gallagher offers compassion and hope from thirty years of experience counseling hurting wives.
BONUS (from #320 - Help for Struggling Women and Hurting Wives)
Pure Life's co-founder Kathy Gallagher answers an additional concern that wives often have: "What if my husband needs help, but he's not willing to consider the Residential Program?"
#319 - Pleasure, Jesus, and the War for Your Heart
The pursuit of pleasure plays a key role in human decisions. But this poses a problem for Christians, since Jesus' life revolved around suffering and self-sacrifice. When following Jesus and pursuing pleasure lead us in opposite directions, what wins out? Counselor Ed Buch discusses the pitfalls of pleasure-driven living; Pure Life’s president, Steve Gallagher, urges us to fight a culture of hedonism; and Glenn Meldrum explores the radical lifestyle of Jesus.
#318 - Are We Accepting Addiction in the Church?
The statistics are clear: more and more Christians are becoming addicted to sex. But what's not clear is whether addiction might have other negative effects on the rest of the church. Could a rise in sexual sin among members be changing the church's overall attitude toward addiction? And when so many seem to be in bondage, how can the church respond to offer hope?
BONUS (from #318 - Are We Accepting Addiction in the Church?)
Evangelist Glenn Meldrum shares how God can change the trend of addiction in the church, and counselor Jordan Yoshimine speaks personally about temptation and walking with God.
#317 - Am I Just “Struggling” or Addicted?
Those dealing with sexual sin sometimes have difficulty understanding what's happening to them. In a world filled with sexual temptations, it can be hard to judge whether what someone is experiencing qualifies as a serious problem or not. Ken Larkin explores what addiction actually looks like, and Ryan Schiavo illustrates the progression from his personal story.
BONUS (From #317 - Am I Just “Struggling” or Addicted?)
Counselor Ken Larkin tackles more questions about the nature of addiction and the way to escape it.
#316 - Coming Out...of Homosexuality
In a rapid cultural shift, homosexuality has been normalized in America. But many people who've been caught up in its grip quietly wonder if there is something different available for them. Jordan Yoshimine, who made the difficult journey out of homosexuality, offers hope to others by answering difficult questions about this issue. Also in this episode: Christian myths about fixing sexual sin and the power of God's mercy to change addiction.
#315 - Why Understanding Addiction Won't Change You
When people in addiction are ready to find help, there's lots of places they can turn. Many try psychology, which offers an almost endless amount of information about addiction. But when counselor Jim Lewis was addicted, he found it took something completely different to change him. Also in this episode: common myths about sexual sin and how giving is key to finding freedom.
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