The Free Man Challenge

Today pornography and sex addiction are on the rise and so is the violence linked to them. The average age of initial exposure to porn is only 11 – and 93 percent of boys are exposed to pornography before they’re 18…

On April 28, 2022 Promise Keepers will gather men from around the nation for a powerful online event addressing sexual integrity—followed by a 30-day challenge with prayer, practical resources, stories from real guys, and accountability. Promise Keepers has partnered several organizations and ministries to create this compelling, transformative event, including Covenant Eyes, Pure Desire, Prodigals International, Messenger International, Axis, Dr. Steve Arterburn and New Life Live, and Be Broken Ministries.

Pornography is the scourge of our age—feeding abnormal behaviors and attitudes in relationships, dehumanizing women and girls and creating unnecessary guilt and shame. If for no other reason, please plan on participating so you know how to understand and help someone else.

Freedom awaits!

Register today for early access information.

Kick-Off: April 28, 2022
5pm Pacific | 6pm Mountain | 7pm Central | 8pm Eastern

The Free Man Challenge

Integrity Declaration

“I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman? [who is not my wife]?” (Job 31:1).

“Then Samuel said to the people, ‘Come, let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.’  So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they [crowned the king] before the Lord… They made sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord, and … all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly” (1 Sam. 11:14,15).

In the spirit of Job 31:1 (a personal commitment) and 1 Samuel ‭11:14‬, (a renewal of commitment), I write this declaration:

I have learned from the positive example of Joseph (Genesis ch. 39).

I have learned from the painful experience of king David (2 Samuel ch. 11).

I have learned from the supreme example of my Lord Jesus Christ in His temptation in the wilderness, in His dealing with the woman caught in adultery, and in His prayer time in Gethsemane.

I heed the admonition to God’s people in Romans 13: 11–14: “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

I accept the the personal admonition of 2 Timothy 2:19-22: “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’ But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

As an expression of my love to God and others, through the enablement of the Holy Spirit, I hereby give to God my private entertainment time each day, to avoid electronic visual amusement that would grieve Him, and I choose morally acceptable alternatives for His glory and my ultimate good.

-JBW

Freedom from Sin’s Authority

John 8:1-12 is the story of the woman who was caught in adultery and brought publicly to Jesus. This was an intentional scenario by the self-righteous religious leaders to try to trap Jesus into requiring capital punishment [Deut. 22:22] or —if not—be considered permissive toward immorality. After Christ’s famous answer ”He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,” the accusers left one by one.
“[Then] He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:7,10,11).

Later in this chapter, “Jesus proclaimed: ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32).

Dr. Charles Stanley explains the scope of the believer’s freedom from sin’s dominion.

“Consider these verses the believer’s emancipation proclamation. In verses 34–36, Jesus explains: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” How are we liberated to live in Christ?

1. Through Jesus’ death on the Cross and resurrection, we are freed from the penalty of sin. Like the woman caught in adultery, we are no longer condemned for what we’ve done. Christ pays our sin-debt in full so that we can be reconciled to the Father (Rom. 5:10; 6:23; Col. 1:19–22).

2. We are released from the power of sin. Our sin nature no longer dominates us—leading us from one unsatisfying and destructive transgression to another. Rather, we are free to seek and know God through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:2–17). Jesus told the woman, “Go. From now on sin no more” (John 8:11), not as a terrible requirement for earning His forgiveness, but as a declaration of what is possible when we follow Him (1 Cor. 6:11–20).


3. We are liberated from the purpose of sin. James 1:15 tells us, “When sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” The goal of our iniquity is usually to exalt ourselves or meet our own needs, but the outcome is always ruination. Perhaps this woman was seeking love, acceptance, or security, yet she was obviously going about getting it in the wrong way—destroying herself and her dignity. However, Christ sets us free to become everything God created us to be to His honor and glory (John 10:10; Eph. 2:10).


4. We are unshackled from the personality of sin. To the scribes and the Pharisees, this woman would always be known by the name “sinner,” and perhaps that is how she thought of herself as well. However, when Jesus comes into our lives, we are no longer known for our iniquities. Rather, we are recognized as belonging to the One who has covered our iniquities with His blood. Our transgressions are no longer our identity because Christ makes us into a new creation (Rom. 8:1; 2 Cor. 5:17).


What can you do to begin living in the freedom Jesus purchased for you on the Cross? There is no formula for discovering the richness of His truth. But by obeying and trusting in Him, you’ll be on the road to the liberated life He designed for you.” – Life Principles Bible notes.

May we have the confidence and wisdom to walk in freedom one day at a time.

Somebody’s Daughter

Somebody’s Daughter “is a six-time award winning DVD/CD set is a unique and groundbreaking resource for breaking free from pornography. The grace-filled DVD contains four compelling music videos, forty minutes of life-giving interviews, and eight vignettes. The companion 56 minute CD has nine original songs as well as nine spoken word pieces with scripture, poetry, personal testimonies, and more. A printed discussion guide is also available.”

Order this documentary DVD and hear the music from the bonus CD at http://www.musicforthesoul.org here.

Live Free

Carl Thomas, former COO of XXXchurch.com, has assembled a team to help men and women live in freedom from porn.

“Whether you struggle with pornography and sexual sin, or you are married to someone who does, community must be an essential part of your journey toward freedom. True change – true transformation, true healing – begins to happen when people commit to walking this path (called life) together.”

At https://livefreecommunity.org/ they offer a “10 DAY FREEDOM FROM PORN ACTION PLAN.”

In our Proverbs 5 plan, a small group is important. Live Free offers their own online small groups system which could meet this requirement.
https://smallgroupsonline.com/

They also have a subscription-based app that has additional resources and features.

Freedom from sexual addiction

Hope for the Heart has shared a free PDF that has excerpts from their resource on freedom from sexual addiction:

“It may have started as a ‘harmless’ interest but now it’s out of control. You’ve tried to stop but you can’t. It’s time to face the truth: You’re trapped and you need help. There is grace for you and help available.

Get our free download and discover what God’s Word says about breaking free from sexual addiction.”

A Sanctified Imagination

 

Why is important to guard our imagination from immortal fantasies ?

Our God-given faculty of imagination can either beautify our lives through creativity or defile them through perversion.

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).

Saint Gregory the Great said “If you do not delight in higher things, you most certainly will delight in lower things.“

Leanne Payne alluded to this quote and observed, “This is true of a society, a nation, a world, as well as each and every individual. We have a way of becoming (in a sense) what we set our eyes upon. The imagery really matters.” [1]

The Psalmist warned us of the denigrating effect of idolatry:

“[Idols] have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.” Psalm 115:7-8

This evaluation applies to the idolatrous use of magazines and TV/Computer screens too.

Leanne Payne further counsels, “An unhealthy fantasy life is a killer. It destroys. It wars against and annihilates the true imagination–that which can intuit the real and is therefore creative. When our minds are pregnant with illusion, with the lie that disintegrates the personality, and our eyes are set on that, we cannot be impregnated by that which is true and substantive– that was unites the personality and makes it one.” [2]

The apostle Paul gives us the remedy: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Phil 4:8 NKJV).

The faculty of our imagination needs to be presented to God as an instrument of righteousness (Rom. 6:12,13).

I recall a married coworker (at a secular job) saying he was free to look and lust as long as he didn’t engage in an illicit relationship. But Lester Sumrall sets the record straight: “Some people believe that ungodly and impure imaginations are wrong only when they become an act. If they hate a person and want to kill him kill him, but do not do it, it is all right. However, you will be judged by what is on the inside of your heart, even though it has not been revealed or acted upon [Matt. 5:22; Mark 4:22] … I am sure that lust is an imagination. It is an image of human fantasy. Lust terminates in the sins of moral and spiritual death. God wants us to be free from strange lusts. I urge you in the name of Jesus to keep yourself free from them.”[3]

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6 NKJV)

God invites us to enjoy the benefits of a sanctified imagination by faith. “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:17,18 NKJV)


by John Woodward

[1] Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence, 140

[2] Ibid., 141

[3] Lester Sumrall, Spirit, Soul and Body, 156,159

 

Header image by HeartLight.org

New Purity Project

This site grew out of a vision the Lord laid on my heart in the morning of Valentines Day, 2021. During the day a plan formed to create a discipleship project to help free believers from patterns of sexual immorality.

The exploitation of the internet and TV for pornography– from mild to hard core– is infamous in scope and scandalous in inner and interpersonal damage.

I ask for prayers and participation that this site’s resources will be used to provide freedom in Jesus Christ and equip us to be delivered from evil.

-John Woodward.