The Church and Sexual Perversity (It’s Not What You Think)

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The only time Jesus uses the word, “perverse” he uses it to describe an unbelieving generation which failed to meet the immediate needs of a would-be follower of Jesus (Matthew 17:17; Luke 9:41). In today’s Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Mark Ongley challenges the church to be a community that comes alongside the sexually broken in order to heal them and lead them to God.

Maintaining purity of heart in a sex-saturated world is a challenge for all believers. Sensuality has always grabbed our attention, but with the Internet, explicit and highly addictive material is jus ta click away. A glance becomes a gaze, a gaze can become an obsession, and obsession unchecked can bring the chains of addiction. Getting free can be maddening. But freedom is possible! Studies reveal that abstinence from addictive behavior for ninety days can place you on a new plateau of victory. But you can’t do it alone. Gritting your teeth and making more promises leads only to disillusionment and despair. Banding together with a few trusted friends, however, is a key to liberation. Get the guidebook Pure Hearted: Banding Together for Sexual Wholeness to begin your journey toward sexual wholeness.

Mark Ongley’s book, Into the Light: Redeeming the Church’s Discussion of Sexuality is available in our store, along with video segments that can be watched or studied by individuals and/or groups. Through the month of February, you’ll get a second copy free when purchasing the book! Learn more here.

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Dr. Mark Ongley has over 30 years of pastoral ministry and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Formational Counseling. He has counseled hundreds of people with varying issues of sexual brokenness. Currently he pastors Ashes to Life Ministries, a United Methodist church in Beaver Falls, PA, reaching people in recovery, and is author of Into the Light: Healing Sexuality in Today’s Church (Seedbed Publishing, 2016).

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