Posted On July 12, 2016

Men, and now women also, are struggling in silence with pornography. All over our world, children and adults are being kidnapped (or otherwise entrapped) and sold into the world of sex trafficking. With every click, men and women perpetuate the pornography and sex industry. These clicks ultimately represent real people who appear on pornographic videos and images. These people are in bondage—many of them, if not in outright slavery, are often forced on a variety of drugs to perform the acts you see in videos. Meanwhile, other people become addicted to viewing these images and videos. Others become dependent financially on the addiction of others. Around and around this vicious cycle goes—enslaving people, perpetuating kidnapping, murder, theft—all while stealing people’s hopes, dreams, and lives.

Within this Issue of Theology for Life Magazine on pornography, purity, and sex-trafficking it is our aim to speak to these issues. The issue of pornography and purity are often well-covered. What is not so well-covered, however, is the sex-trafficking industry—the unfortunate underbelly of pornography. The sex-trafficking industry exists in the shadows, where people would rather live in darkness than be exposed. With this Issue, we are aiming to drag that industry out into the light while pointing to the hope of the Gospel.

Many men and women are struggling with an addiction to pornography. These people struggle, not only outside the Church, but also inside the Church. One of the purposes of this Issue is to help men and women fulfill their God-given role and function within God’s design. One of our objectives is to help people understand that God has a specific plan and purpose for their lives: to reflect His design within the specific gender He has given.

The struggle with pornography is one I know well. Over the course of sitting in a church in the Seattle, Washington area in 2005, the Lord convicted me deeply of the selfishness of my addiction to pornography. As you read the articles in this Issue, it is my sincere prayer that the Lord would convict you of your own sin if you struggle in this area, and that you would begin your journey to freedom.

Secondly, my prayer as you read this Issue is that you’ll gain insight and understanding through the writers of the articles in this Issue about how serious the problem of sexual sin is, in particular, and specifically how dark the sex-trafficking industry truly is.

Lastly, as you read this magazine, I’m praying for those of you who minister to people who are struggling with an addiction to pornography. I’m praying that the articles in this issue will help equip you to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He has you.

Whether you struggle with this issue, you are actively involved in it in some way, or you are ministering within these areas, I’m praying that the Lord will convict, challenge, and equip you to serve Him as you read the articles, book reviews, and interviews in this issue.

In Christ Alone,

Dave Jenkins
Executive Editor, Theology for Life Magazine

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Articles

  • Three Ways Jesus Makes Sex Education Easy for Parents by Luke Gilkerson. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • The Secret Sin in the Mind of a Woman by Sarah Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Confronting the Evils of Sex Trafficking by Vicki Tiede. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • From Pew Sitter to Abolitionist Sex Trafficking and the Church by Gaye Clark. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Women Like That Four Things You Need to Know About Women and Porn by Jessica Harris. Read the article in PDF.
  • Pornography & Temptation: Getting to the Heart by Jason Garwood. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Counseling Pornography Addicts by David Dunham. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • The Real Victims of Pornography by Zach Barnhart. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Finding Freedom in Christ: Letting Go of Self-Condemnation by Dave Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • The Fight for Human Dignity: Pornography, Sex Trafficking, and the Hope of the Gospel by Dave Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • 4 Ways to Minister to People With Sexual Addictions by Dave Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Five Ways That Will Help You to Grow in Christ and Defeat Your Addiction to Pornography by Dave Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.
  • Pornography and Purity: Pursuing a Biblical Vision of Manhood and Womanhood to the Glory of God by Dave Jenkins. Read the article in PDF or on the Web.

Book Reviews

  • Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace reviewed by Joey Tomlinson. Read the review in PDF or Web.
  • A Review of “False Intimacy” by Harry Schaumburg reviewed by David Dunham. Read the review in PDF or Web.
  • Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography hijacks the male brain reviewed by Dave Jenkins. Read the review in PDF or Web.
  • Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap reviewed by Mike Boling. Read the review in PDF or Web.

Interviews

  • The Lord Calleth: Giving Hope for a New Day of Freedom— An Interview with Luke and Susan Carter. Read the interview in PDF or Web.
  • Gender Roles and the Biblical Standard of Purity An Interview with Grant Castleberry. Read the interview in PDF or Web.
  • A Parent’s Role for Purity in the Home An Interview with Luke Gilkerson. Read the interview in PDF or Web.
  • Tiny Hands International: Helping Those Enslaved by Sex-Trafficking— An Interview with Vicki Tiede. Read the interview in PDF or Web.

Recommended Books by Dave Jenkins. Read the recommended books in PDF or Web.

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