The Christian’s Battle Against a Culture of Addiction

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Very often, people are unwilling to change until it becomes more painful to stay as they are. Beginning to feel trapped in an addiction can be painful, but it can also serve as powerful motivation to find deep healing. Nate Larkin and Gary Wilkerson look at the role of honesty, family and culture in addiction recovery.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Some addicts won’t change unless it becomes less painful to change than to stay the way they are.

  • Recovery won’t happen until the addict can be honest about their sin, whether that is being found out or by finding a safe place free of shame, condemnation, and judgment to share their struggles.

  • Confessing your sin and stopping your bad behavior is only the beginning of recovery, not the solution, because the deeper heart issues that are causing you to sin need to be dealt with.

  • Real spiritual transformation and character change become possible when we truly open our hearts up to God, his Word, and others.

  • Gary Wilkerson and Nate Larkin discuss how to protect our children and grandchildren from pornography and a sexually permissive and pervasive culture.

  • Our modern culture is engineered for addiction—from pornography to video games and even the food industry.

  • Exercise, diet, and sleep are all important ingredients in addiction recovery.

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About Nate Larkin

Nate Larkin, the founder of the Samson Society and author of Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood, grew up as a preacher’s kid. He married his wife, Allie, on the day he graduated from St. Lawrence University, and they headed off toward Princeton Seminary and the ministry.

If you’ve heard Nate’s story, you know his plans didn’t work out so well. He was ensnared by a sexual obsession he couldn’t tame, and the fear of discovery eventually drove him to abandon the professional ministry. It’s a miracle his marriage survived.

After more than two decades of secret and steadily intensifying compulsive sexual behavior, Nate’s nightmare finally ended in a painful collision with reality. Today, he helps overlooked victims of the commercial sex industry – addicted users – find their way back to integrity and the true intimacy that every person craves.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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