I would like to introduce the latest member of the team, Andrew. He has a passion to see men set free from pornography and people released from human trafficking, this is his first post I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Who Do You Traffick? Are you the demand
An interesting question isn’t it, probably never considered yourself a trafficker did you?
Maybe you’re unsure what trafficking is. Well human trafficking by definition is the illegal movement of people by any means, including coercing them, in order to exploit them for purposes such as sexual exploitation or forced labour.
On the 23rd of august 1833 a Christian movement succeeded in abolishing slavery in the British Empire. Something that was once accepted as right was now wrong.This was heavily enforced by the men of this empire stepping up and the navy was sent out to destroy all slave ships. Today on the other hand many companies in the UK have been found guilty of causing or ignoring human trafficking.
Human trafficking Generates 27.8 billion USD every single year yet to buy a slave today costs only 90 USD. Among females that are trafficked 70% of them end up in the commercial sex industry (porn, strip clubs, massage parlours). Every click on a porn website is counted and advertisers pay more for the sites most viewed. If you view porn at all the chances are high you are passively supporting human trafficking. Would you take that risk?
The illegal drug ‘industry’ is also supported by human trafficking as it is the method of trapping, controlling and restraining possible slaves. Drug addicts are easily coerced into sexual situations. How else could someone take away the pain involved in repeated, often violent sexual acts (most commonly observed in pornography)?
Many men, women and worst of all children who are trafficked have fallen prey to predators who are waiting for a weak spot, in an emotionally damaged person in poverty; 89% of women in the sex industry say they want to escape but have no other means of survival and 90% were abused as children.
God considered all people to be valuable and this was shown by the Lord Jesus Christ’s actions when he communed with the criminals, the unwanted, the disabled, the poor, the prostitutes, the sick and dying, those guilty of being traitors or treasonous against their country, those in the establishment and against it. In the bible we find God condemning slavery time and time again with the most famous example in Exodus. Here God frees the Hebrews, lead by Moses, from the violent slavery of the egyptians…But that required a man to stand up and speak out against it in God’s name. Yet how can we stand up with such hypocrisy in our midst. Pornography hasn’t just enslaved others, it has enslaved us! In John 8 Jesus says – “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
We must start with ourselves:
If you are aren’t a Christian you need Christ before you can defeat your master – sin. Psychology will only lead you so far. You don’t need a crutch you need a the great physician. Only Christ can heal you, so don’t worry who you are now or what you’ve done, the battle is long and hard but the saviour has already won the war.
If you are a Christian you need to follow Gods word. Romans 6 says – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” and continues to say, “even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” – Its telling us that as Christians we can’t just ignore the sin in our life, we need to recognise our sin and put it to death. It continues to explain how to do this – “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” – We need to remove the sin from our path and draw near to God. This could mean prayer, accountability, repentance to those we have hurt, or even simple things like removing computers or TV’s from our bedroom. If it removes the temptation for your body to sin or brings you closer to God it will act as a weapon for your battle against the things that your body seeks yet you now hate. Check out the Quitters check list for help with this
Lastly don’t forget who you are now in Christ and what you stand to lose “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6)
Your healing in Christ WILL happen and your healing WILL free countless men and women all over the world held in bondage to the perversion that has destroyed sex.