We looked earlier this week at 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and the importance of fleeing immorality and glorifying God with our bodies. As a follow-up, I wanted to share about a book that has proved useful to me in counseling.
Though temptations to immorality appear in various forms in our society, no sexual temptation is probably more common or more successful than the temptation to indulge in pornography. Pornography is extremely easy to access (even when not looking for it) and presents itself as a private way to indulge without any strings attached. The reality is, of course, that pornography destroys and enslaves like all forms of immorality. Many people, even Christians, find themselves caught up in pornography with little hope of ever being free.
But there is always hope in Christ. In his book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, Heath Lambert distills the Bible’s teaching on sexual purity in a very engaging and practical way. What stands out to me as so important in this book is that Lambert doesn’t simply focus on the consequences of sexual sin but on the transforming grace of Christ and joy of walking in holiness with God. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with pornography or anyone trying to help someone else who is struggling.
Here is a link to the book on Amazon, though it is available elsewhere. May this resource be a benefit to you as you take seriously the Lord’s word in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
From the publisher:
If you have struggled personally against the powerful draw of pornography, or if you have ever tried to help someone fighting this battle, you know how hard it is to break free. But real freedom isn’t found by trying harder to change. Nor is it found in a particular method or program. Only Jesus Christ has the power to free people from the enslaving power of pornography.
In Finally Free, Dr. Heath Lambert, a leader in the biblical counseling movement, lays out eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography. Each chapter clearly demonstrates how the gospel applies to this particular battle and how Jesus can move readers from a life of struggle to a life of purity.
If you or someone you care about is fighting this battle, there is good news: No matter how intense or long-standing the struggle, Jesus Christ can, will, and does set people free from the power of pornography.