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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Press Release: The Secret is Out

By Takiela Bynum

The pornography epidemic is spreading like cancer on steroids. This plague is not confined by boundaries because it has touched many nations. It is not restricted by resources because there are outbreaks in every economic level from the ghettos of the cities, the condos of the suburbs, to the mansions along the shores. It is not limited by race because people of every shade can become its victims.

In 2005 Grammy Award winning, gospel music phenomenon Kirk Franklin shared his addiction to pornography with millions.

Each second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix, and EarthLink.

90% of children ages 8-16 years old admit to having viewed pornography online.

47% of Christians said that pornography is a major problem at home.

Like a drug, this addiction renders its victims helpless, destroying lives everywhere.

Offering hope to what seems like a hopeless situation, seven African American Christian leaders are on a mission to help their brothers win their wars against sexual impurity. General editor Robert S. Scott, Sr., Pastors H.B Charles, Paul Felix, Carl Hargrove, Brian Kennedy, Anthony Kidd, and Victor Sholar came together, each offering their own uniqueness and bringing their own experiences to the table, and compiled the book Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity (www.secretsexwars.com).

  • Pastor H.B. Charles is the Pastor-teacher at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Professor Paul Felix is President of the Los Angeles Bible Training School and Professor of NT Greek at The Master's Seminary.
  • Pastor Carl Hargrove is the Senior Pastor of Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood, California.
  • Pastor Brian Kennedy has been the Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ontario, California for the past 9 years.
  • Pastor Anthony Kidd is the Pastor-teacher at Westside Bible Church in Los Angeles.
  • Pastor Victor Sholar is the Assistant Pastor at the Los Angeles Community Bible Church.
  • Pastor Bobby Scott is the Pastor-teacher at the Los Angeles Community Bible Church.
All of these men are husbands and fathers, but they are also warriors in the heat of the battle against sexual immorality. They are leaders in their communities, they have been well educated and have gathered the information necessary, whether it be through personal experience or researched data, to empower people everywhere concerning the effects of sexual sins. These men felt a mandate by the Lord to come together and tackle this growing epidemic head on, thus resulting in the book Secret Sex Wars, the first anthology of its kind. This is a straightforward book for our straightforward society. There is nothing sugar-coated or sweet about the damaging results of pornography and yielding to sexual temptation. Expect nothing of the sort within the pages of this book. Enticing images are constantly displayed on television, magazines, and on the Internet. Seductive visions are implanted in the minds of many by almost every form of technology known to mankind. In times past, "sex sells" was a term used figuratively, but now it has taken on a literal sense, and unfortunately, business is booming.

In a recent interview, Pastor Bobby Scott stated that men don't usually talk about their personal struggles. However, at the 2006 LA Men's Bible Conference, which became the inspiration for this book, they did. Men opened up to seek God's help to win their secret sex wars. This is one secret that is worth exposing. "We are at an epidemic level in terms of the HIV virus spreading through our heterosexual community. This is causing damage not only in the general communities, but the Christian communities as well. We've reached a point where we have to lay this issue on the table and address it squarely," said Pastor Scott. "We've seen various leaders in our community struggle, we've all been dealing with this issue in counseling sessions, and this is a topic that we've all been addressing in our churches. Many men and women are being affected by sexual impurity. Our culture is so sensuality-saturated that you can't go anywhere and escape some type of sexual temptation. Let's get together and have a clear and biblical response. The Word of God can set you free. Let's stop using water guns to put out fires. We need to pull the bazookas out and get victory over sexual temptation. "

When asked the question, What type of an impact would you like this book to have on the community? Pastor Scott answered, "To give hope. I want people to know that with God there is no sin that we can't overcome. I'm a living testimony. I was once a womanizer because the world told me that's what a man was supposed to do, but when I got saved, God changed me. He gave me victory. So if you're enslaved to sexual temptation and you don't think you can get out, know that you can. Jesus said that he can set you free, and He can, I am a living witness to that."


Takiela Bynum is the wife of Minister Marterrio Bynum and they have three children, T`eyrr (12), Marterrio II (8), and Marterrion (5). Takiela is the Visionary of www.HisBeauty4Ashes.org, President of www.BooksALatte.com and host of blog radio talk show L.A.W.S. Inspiration Station -- www.blogtalkradio.com/inspirationstation

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2 comments:

Fred Butler said...

Hey Bobby,
Saw that you were interviewed by the Family Life today guys. Do you know when that show will be aired?

Fred Butler

Luke said...

I'm really looking forward to picking this book up some time!

I work for a ministry that helps men (and women) who are really struggling with the temptation of Internet pornography. It is so rampant in our culture and it is great to see you involved in the cause to fight against it.

The ministry I work for is called Covenant Eyes (based on Job 31:1). Have you heard of us? We've made a unique software program to help keep adults accountable to where they've been online. It isn't a filter; it doesn't block at all. It simply monitors Internet use, scores sites based on objectionable content, and emails a complete record of Internet use to accountability partners of your choosing. This really builds self-control with Internet use and it helps people establish open and honest communication with others who can help them get to the root of their addictions.

We would love to partner with you and your church in the battle against sexual sin. If you are interested in receiving some pamphlets for your congregation, I'd love to send you some for free.

Also, I'm curious if you would be interested in writing up a guest blog post the Covenant Eyes blog about the challenges of sexual purity living in an urban culture. If this sounds interesting to you, please let me know!

Luke Gilkerson
luke.gilkerson@covenanteyes.com
Internet Community Manager
CovenantEyes.com