The Truth About Pornography

by Darlinda McDonald

Former porn stars Shelley Lubben and Jessica Neely shine a light into the dark world of pornography:

In Lubben’s biographical DVD, Out of the Darkness, she states, “When people view pornography they are really watching mentally ill and physically diseased people have sex.” She also said that all the girls she has helped rescue from the porn industry so far, except one, did not have a good relationship with their father.

Lubben also has written a book called, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: the Greatest Illusion on Earth. The book reveals an industry that tries to portray a world of glamour and pleasure but the truth is that the adult film world consists of brutality, degradation, threats, manipulation, rape, trafficking, disease, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide.

In the January 13th LifeSiteNews article, Lubben was asked, “If you could say one thing to someone who’s looking at pornography, what would you say?” She said, “You’re contributing to your demise, and to your family’s demise, and your wife’s. I can’t tell you how many porn addicts have lost their families and jobs. And they’re contributing to children being raped. … Right now there are little children being drugged and raped. How could anyone click on porn knowing that?”

Former porn star Jessica Neely made this comment in the same article: “Lust is something that is never going to be satisfied. It is a trap that makes you resent your wife. My job was to make you hate your wife. Lust is a monster that can never be satisfied. The very end-road of an all-consuming addiction is a guaranteed death. You are going to lose everything.”

The Spread of Evil

by Bill Rudge

The senseless violence and unrestrained wickedness in our society reflects the glaring truth that evil exists. Satan, the powerful being described in the Bible, reveals himself as seeking to destroy God’s highest creation – human beings. He is the motivating influence for many of the atrocities humans commit against each other and for self-destructive behavior.

Chaos, confusion, decadence, depravity reveal that something is definitely wrong with our human experience. The Bible attributes this to the Fall (Genesis 3) – initiated by the rebellion and deception of Satan.

In his strategy to annihilate humanity’s allegiance to its Creator, Satan inspires both false religions and the delusion there is no Creator.

How better to explain the uninhibited immorality, unabashed greed and horrific violence than the malicious being in Scripture referred to as Satan (adversary), aka the devil (slanderer). He is the evil one, the murderer and father of lies – wreaking havoc on this planet.

Since Satan exists it is reasonable to conclude that the Creator-God, who threw him out of heaven, also exists. This Creator-God is seeking in every way possible to draw His creation into a restored relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

The days prior to Jesus second coming are treacherous because of demonic deception and proliferation of evil. Scripture indicates we will see uninhibited, unrestrained and unrepentant immorality, sorcery and violence as we draw closer to Christ’s return. Wickedness will reach its crescendo right before Jesus Christ returns to subdue those who would destroy and pervert His creation. But evil and death will give way to everlasting peace and joy as all of creation is restored to Paradise when Jesus ushers in His Eternal Kingdom. Be certain you are a part of it!

How Strong Is Your Faith?

by BJ Rudge, Ph. D.

Writing to Christians who were facing persecution under Roman emperor Nero, the Apostle Peter reminded them that trials are a way to test the genuineness of their faith:

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:7).

The truth of this verse was evident during the life of Kayla Mueller. You may know that Kayla was an American humanitarian aid worker who, in August of 2013, was taken captive by ISIS while in Syria. Until her reported death in February 2015, Kayla had to endure torture, verbal abuse, forced slave labor, and repeated rapes by ISIS’ top leader. Despite these unimaginable trials, Kayla never wavered in her faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, recent reports by other hostages who escaped or were released by ISIS document how she remained strong in her faith. As reported by ABC News,

“… her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and she even stood up to executioner ‘Jihadi John’ to defend her Christian faith.”

Kayla’s steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ should be a challenge to all of us to determine the strength of our own faith. Yes, we will most likely never have to experience what she went through, but when the trials of life come our way, will we have the same strength she did to stand up and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ.

The book of Hebrews reminds us that a great cloud of witnesses surround us (Hebrews 12:1).  One of those witnesses is Kayla Mueller. While her race is over, as she is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, our race is still going on. The question before us is what witness will we leave when our race ends. I pray that like Kayla we will be a witness to other believers to stand strong in their faith.

As you read the following excerpts of a letter that Kayla sent her parents while in captivity, ask yourself this question, “How strong is my faith?”

I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else, + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall. I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another.

None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes. I wrote a song some months ago that says, “The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing left.” aka_The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength. Please be patient, give your pain to God. I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.