1 Peter 1:13–16: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (NASB).
 
Sexual addiction is a huge problem.  Okay, maybe that is a bit of an understatement, but clearly it is an issue that has deeply impacted the church.
 
Failure to acknowledge the depth of the problem and address it in the church is a failure to see the truth of the need for our people, a failure to love our neighbors, and a failure to see that each of us will inevitably be impacted by this problem in some way (child, spouse, relative, etc.).
 
Sexual addiction is a real addiction and is not going away on its own.  The truth is, “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied” (Prov 27:20, NASB).
 
It is time to be honest, but what options are there?  How are you to live in victory when it seems impossible?
 
The reality is that Christ came to set believers free from sin and death and provide abundant life.  Unfortunately, while many acknowledge this truth intellectually, they tend to go back to the same old sins and feel shamefully and hopelessly stuck in their routine.
 
NLM helps encourage and equip churches in addressing the problem of sexual addiction by focusing on four successive concepts:
 
  1. A Committing to Freedom: How committed to victory am I?
  2. A Discovering of Patterns: When am I most likely to fall?
  3. A Discovering of Treasures: What am I seeking to satisfy?
  4. A Reprogramming of the Mind: How do I develop healthy habits?

 

Additionally, NLM helps churches understand the consequences (negative) and the fruit (positive) of sexual addiction ministry.
 
A variety of services are provided for addressing sexual addiction.  One of the most effective is to provide training for ministering to those struggling with sexual addiction by laying a conceptual foundation.  That’s where NLM can help.  Since sexual addiction is an easy sin to keep private, these training conferences will also allow for those seeking help to come in a safe environment without being singled out.  They can come “just to learn how to help others” and in so doing receive help themselves.  Thus, NLM has found that these training conferences provide training and ministry simultaneously.
 
Ministry to congregants is difficult, but when ministry leaders are struggling with sexual addiction things become more complicated.  How does someone who has so much to lose reach out for help?  How does a church board who finds out about a pastor or board members private sins react?
 
NLM can help either by providing private consultations and accountability or mediating between dissenting parties to help provide objective biblically-based solutions navigating within the boundaries of justice and grace.

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