Opinions expressed are solely those of the author s. The increasing tendency to reclassify moral failures as "mental disorders" is troubling. Here's why Christians must resist the pressure to diminish moral guilt.
O ne by one, men trickle into the unadorned upstairs church classroom for their regular Thursday night meeting. But the gathering isn't to discuss plans for evangelism outreach, worship-song selection, or expanding the nursery. Each man talks uninterruptedly for up to five minutes about how he's faced a myriad of sexual temptations.
My sexual addiction manifested in the form of infidelity; I had short-term sexual relationships with multiple men. Other forms of sex addiction can include masturbating, sexual fantasies, pornography, promiscuity, homosexuality, etc. Regardless, sexual addiction is real and Christians aren't exempt.
He understands sexual addiction from both personal experience and from working with sex addicts in several treatment programs. In his books and seminars Mark has offered hope and healing to thousands of co-strugglers. We interviewed him recently by phone from his home near Minneapolis, Minnesota. First of all, there have been quite a few stories in the news recently about sexual offenders.
Biblical scholars have yet to determine if the woman caught in adultery John was a sex addict. But Nashville-based clinical therapist Marnie Ferree says the woman's shame and social status make her an apt archetype for women struggling with sex addiction. For one, women sex addicts often face a double dose of shame because they believe they as women aren't supposed to have sexual sin.
While most people tend to assume that sexual addiction is a problem only for men, the evidence suggests the contrary. Addictions, all addictions, are pretty much equal opportunity diseases. And sexual addiction is no exception.
Women having autonomy over their own bodies and physical expression. Dinner with a person of the opposite sex who is not your spouse. Two consenting adults doing what they choose to behind closed doors.
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It is our intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay care-givers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. Visit American Association of Christian Counselors. Bethesda Workshops The mission of Bethesda Workshops is to encourage sexual wholeness by ministering to those damaged by sexual abuse, sin, and addiction.