There was a great piece over the weekend in the New York Times that highlighted Westside Family Church’s ministry to women who are addicted to porn…
Here’s the start of the article…
It was the final session for the women at Westside Family Churchâ€™s Victory Over Porn Addiction group, and the youngest member, a 17-year-old named Kelsie, had not had a good week.
â€œI slipped two nights this week,â€ she said, to nods of support from the other women in the group.
â€œI decided that every time Iâ€™m tempted Iâ€™ll just let everything out to God,â€ she said, â€œthen pray specifically for someone else, do selfless acts, to get away from being selfish.â€
The groupâ€™s leader, Crystal Renaud, offered gentle counsel. â€œPray for yourself, too,â€ she said.
To the wide array of programs offered by evangelical megachurches like Westside, the group adds what Ms. Renaud says is something long overdue. While churches have addressed pornography use among the men in their congregations and among the clergy, a group for women who say they are addicted to pornography is new territory, she said.
â€œIn the Christian culture, women are supposed to be the nonsexual ones,â€ said Ms. Renaud, who also runs an Internet site called Dirty Girls Ministries, choosing the name to attract people searching for pornography. â€œItâ€™s an injustice that the church is not more open about physical sexuality. God created sex. But the enemy has twisted it.â€
What do YOU think?Â Would you / could you offer this type of program at YOUR church?Â Why or why not?
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