About the author, Jim Rose

Jim Rose

Rev. J.E. (Jim) Rose is an ordained minister, licensed professional counselor, and certified clinical supervisor. He is a staff counselor at Covenant Eyes and specializes in sexual addictions and the unique needs of clergy and other professional caregivers. He is also the Director of Nehemiah Ministries, a 160-acre retreat and counseling center in south-central Michigan for pastors and missionaries.

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The Porn Circuit

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Science shows us why porn is highly addictive. Learn how our neurochemistry is easily hijacked by porn to create compulsive behaviors, and discover how the brain can be rewired to escape porn's allure.

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    • Mark – I know. It is so frustrating, isn’t it. But what I’ve learned is that God actually has a purpose in the process. It’s like the children of Israel: there was a purpose to the wilderness before the Promised Land. This is amazing to me. We worship a God who, despite the fact that our sin is offensive to Him, and even though He has the power to deliver us from sin immediately, gently leads his people through the wilderness of sin, changing us gradually, so that we might learn what it is to trust in Him.

  1. Thanks for understanding Luke. While I understand that God has a purpose thru every storm. I have been in this for 8 to 10 years and hate to keep repeating the same thing and expecting different results. Really wish someone could talk me outta this. I am really in need of this change before I get married and wreck someone else’s life

    • I get what you’re saying, yes. What sort of counsel have your sought out about this? How have you exposed your problem to spiritual leaders in the church?

  2. Well maybe I haven’t tried that approach yet. Didn’t quite know if sharing such during fellowship would leave people gossiping about me afterwards. I see people share problems but it always seems to be shallow problems that they all share; its like the most of us are good at sharing anything but what is really wrong with us. These things have subconsciously made me to put away the idea of asking brethren to pray for me during our cell meetings. But like you have advised…maybe its the only way out.

    • Galatians 6:1 offers great hope to sinners like you and me: “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” For those caught in the grip of sin, we need those whom Paul called the “spiritual” to take on the ministry of restoration. This term, “restore” (Gr. katartizo), was a medical term for setting a broken bone. In our sinful, fractured selves, the work of a spiritual person is to set right broken thoughts and beliefs with the tenderness and wisdom of a spiritual doctor.

      The same word translated “restore” is the root for the term used in in Ephesians 4, “And [Christ] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Christ has given His church Christian leaders and mentors as gifts, the true spiritual elders and shepherd of the church, to restore the broken, and thus equip them to live as the body of Christ.

      The “spiritual” mentioned in Galatians 6:1 are those who have a track record of walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), who have lasting fruit of Christlike character (5:22-23), who have eagerly waited on the Lord for righteousness to bloom in their life and have found Him faithful (5:5). They are spiritual leaders who hear from God regularly, obey His voice, and effectively model intimacy with God. They are the true elders and leaders who are experienced in healing the hurts caused by sin (James 5:13-16). They may not hold the status of “elder” at a church (many do not), but they are a true mentor in the faith.

      I firmly believe this is, for many men, the missing link for their spiritual restoration.

  3. Many thanks Luke. I will try to make the needed connections according to the biblical personality prescriptions you have stipulated. Kindly allow me to mail you on my progress on that. Your email please?

  4. Mark,
    A word of caution. Be prayerfully cautious about who you reveal your struggles to. Some may not only be unhelpfull, but they may even hinder your recovery.

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