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[b]Porn Addiction Disqualifies Missionaries[/b]

Half of males who apply to serve as a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention's international mission agency are turned down, according to a Baptist pastor. The primary reason is the use of internet porn.

Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., received an e-mail from a pastor who recently attended a regional summit of the International Mission Board. The pastor, who preferred to remain unidentified, drew highlights from the summit, including the current statistic of female missionaries outnumbering male ones two to one, according to Burleson's blogpost on Monday.

The summit drew attention to the pervasive problem of internet porn among men. As much as 50 percent of lay men and clergy said they viewed porn within the past year, as of May 2006, according to the International Bible Society. ...

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The summit drew attention to the pervasive problem of internet porn among men. As much as 50 percent of lay men and clergy said they viewed porn within the past year, as of May 2006, according to the International Bible Society.


Let no man tell you this is not a time to "weep and mourn"

"Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not theine heritage to reproach..." -Joel 2:17

These are dark days in the church and in christianity. We need a cleansing, we need a baptism of holiness, but it will cost us. The question is are we [b]willing to pay the cost[/b].


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The question is are we willing to pay the cost.

Yes I believe that we are Brother. The thing which holds people back is a lack of vision. When the vision is released to the people of God, they will fall into their ranks as the Spirit of the LORD leads them into all truth.

The Church is longing for a move of God, and all they see is garbage, and they have been damaged by false preachers and teachers. They've been knocked down, put down, told them that they are unworthy in a condemning way. We do need a healing wave of God Spirit to move over the body of Christ, people will respond, we will come alive to show forth Christs righteousness in the Earth.

Even though Elijah felt like he was the only one paying the price, God had 7,000 souls tucked away in reserves that have not bowed their knee to this world.

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If anyone has a problem with Porn, I have [url=www.safeeyes.com]SAFE EYES[/url] on my comp. It's worth it!

The internet can be a good tool, but like all good in this world, evil is present.

If you can trust yourself to stay in control, take heed, your going to fall.

 2007/4/4 21:24
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Quote: Half the males who apply to serve as a missionary...

Wait a minute, they apply for missionary work whilst knowingly viewing pornography?

Are they applying not because they have a real concern for the lost, but to get away from the addiction that is gripping them?

Which ever it is, there seems to be a heavy oppression on the Church right now, in Western nations that is.

We can all sense it, those that are not caught up in it. Seems like deception is working its way through the hearts of God's people.

The apostle Paul says in Romans 8v38, 'For I am persuaded...then he list the things that will not separate him from the love of God.

In other words, he was unmoveable.

Where has that gone to?

God help us if this is Church in the 21st century.

The need for revival is greater than ever, God will send it as we seek Him.

God bless.

 2007/4/5 3:12Profile
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We ought to support the native missionaries with www.heartcrymissionary.com and gfa.com

Its a sure thing they've never viewed pornography because they can't afford a computer. Not that only, but why spend 80,000 a year to support a western missionary when 20-30,000 will support one (maybe two) native missionaries?

Let us support the native missionary movement with our prayers and financial support.


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We ought to support the native missionaries ... Its a sure thing they've never viewed pornography because they can't afford a computer.


You don't need a computer to be addicted to lust!!! LOL (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist).

I know I'm a female addressing this issue but porn addiction is becoming prevalent among women as well. All you have to do is stop by the paperback section in a Wal-Mart (any kind of Mart store) and read what women are reading today (in the area of mysteries, histories, romance novels). I'm here to tell you, that it is as much pornography as Playboy, only minus the pictures. How do I know? I used to read them but thank the Lord Jesus, He showed me a better way.

And the way the Lord showed me is found in Job 31.1, "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?"

I have always found it interesting that he didn't make a covenant with God but with his eyes. When the Lord showed it to me, I read it as, "I have made a covenant with my eyes that I won't look at the things I used to look at." More and more men AND women need to make a covenant with their eyes.

 2007/4/5 10:07
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Sean, there's a need for both native missionaries and western missionaries. I love KP Yohannan, but the man that first made an impression on him for missions was George Verwer... what was George doing in India you might ask?!

Heartcry Missions is another missionary organization I respect greatly... but how long was Paul Washer on the mission field? He's a westerner.

There is a place for Westerners in the mission field.


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 2007/4/5 10:15Profile
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I'm a Southern Baptist, and I know that odds are if I'm going to go to the mission field it won't be as a Southern Baptist.

Yes I've struggled with pornography over the years, but that isn't the reason why. Southern Baptists require that all missionaries be at the Body Mass Index (BMI). The Southern Baptist Mission Board doesn't send anyone overseas whose overweight or obese. I'm husky, I'm stuck.

As for me, my PC is in the apartment living room visable to everyone, my laptop has been at my parent's house since november. I run X3watch, my leaders know about my problem, and God knows i anguish over it.

I'm also taking a missionary training class right now... am I disqaulified?


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Are they applying not because they have a real concern for the lost, but to get away from the addiction that is gripping them?

Could be both. Some men know their calling, yet are bound in this type of sin. They shouldn't be disqualified to fulfill their ministry, however, they do need to allow the holy Spirit to free them from this oppression, before they can tend to the needs of others.

 2007/4/5 12:39





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