This year we had the privilege of setting up a stand at New Horizon the largest Christian event in Ireland. We had the opportunity to share with many people the aim of our work and also listen to their struggles. The openness and the honesty of those who talked with us was humbling – from the teenagers and adults who didn’t know where to turn to for help, to the concerned mothers seeking how to get tooled up on advice. The spectrum was wide and varied. However, what did surprise us was the number of Pastors who came to share their struggles and it got me thinking.
Faith based anti-pornography ministries have been in faithful service for around 25-30 yrs. They are better equipped than any generation before them. Some of them have unlimited budgets, programs, courses, books, facilities, retreat centres, the best technology, accountability software, internet-filters and free on-line mentoring, well able to match any major corporation but still the success rate is as low as 5%.
Even with all this wealth of resources at our disposal, more Christian men today entertain pornography than any time in the past. So why is the trend not reversing? Unfortunately all of these combined efforts are not pushing back the enemy’s assault against the body of Christ. Relying on these resources could just be the problem. Too many ministries rely on their resources instead of a relationship with Jesus. No matter what the condition of your heart or how much porn is on your brain, a close intimate relationship with the Saviour will correct it all.
We don’t claim to be the biggest ministry or the best. We certainly aren’t the best resourced but we do hope that when you read through what we have written in GTF you will finally understand that a life away from the Lord can only lead to a life of hardship and misery.