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Testimony from Ireland: The Power of Accountability

Last Updated: February 21, 2014

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

It is always so encouraging to hear stories about how Covenant Eyes is having an effect all over the globe. I have received a series of very encouraging emails from a man named Matt Roche in Ireland. He wanted me to share his story with our readers.

Hi Luke,

Greetings from Ireland.

Luke, I spent the best part of my life working as a chef, thirty years in fact. In those years I had access to pornographic material, but nothing prepared me for the flood of pornography that I have encountered on the Internet. I found the temptation extremely strong and overpowering, and once I gave in to it, the guilt I experienced would paralyze my Christian walk until I came to that place once more of confessing my sin to the Lord and repenting of it.

Because of my work shift, when I arrived home everyone was in bed, and I would always end up on the Internet, which became habit forming.

This has gone on for years with no real solution to the problem.

The greatest relief I have encountered was when a friend of mine, a pastor in a small church here in Ireland, shared the tremendous work that Covenant Eyes was involved in. He suggested Covenant Eyes to me, as he is a member himself, and explained the tremendous benefits of being accountable to another person who monitors all of your Internet activity.

There is such a godly blessing and a deep peace in being accountable to another believer, especially in this area of the innermost desires of the sinful nature.

I now find that when I place my head on the pillow after a trying day, my mind is at peace, and I don’t have those images of pornography flashing through my mind and tormenting me to the extent that I don’t get a good night’s sleep.

Now I experience the word of God continually washing and cleansing my mind, for I have repented of my sin, and my life bears fruit that corresponds with repentance.

I want to thank you and all of your colleagues at Covenant Eyes for the freedom and peace of mind you have given me as I work on my computer. Without hesitation and with a deep sense of gratitude, I tell everyone of your wonderful ministry to those who are weak in this area of temptation. I don’t know if you truly, fully comprehend the all important work that you are involved in, but because of your commitment to the Lord in this area, I am now a keen witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

With deepest sincerity

Matt