How is Disciples for Purity different than the others?

The Word of God is fundamental to our approach.  We don’t just say that – it is integral to how we address the problem of sexual sin.  Just to be clear; that doesn’t mean we throw out traditional counseling or nay-say professionals dedicated to helping individuals who struggle with sexual sin.  In fact, we embrace NANC (National Association of Nouthetic Counselors) and IABC (International Association of Biblical Counseling) certified counselors.  But we evaluate the broad spectrum of mental health providers according to the Scripture.  For example; we won’t engage in euphemistic terms to minimize rebellion against God (that’s what sin is).  It’s not just an “addiction;” it’s a stronghold.   It’s not just a “hang-up;” it’s harmful.  It’s not an “alternate lifestyle”; it’s homosexuality.  As sexual sinners, we need to be brutally honest, and that starts by stopping all the minimizing and sidestepping around that little word we don’t really like to hear…SIN.

There are lots of different approaches and methodologies out there and all have their pluses and minuses.  We won’t criticize other ministries engaged in the battle for purity – there’s lots of sexual sinners to go around.  But we don’t want to be a haven that provides a forum for sin to continue to prosper.  This is not a sin management program.  It is not about ‘learning to control your sexual urges.’  It IS about change.:

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”  1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Honesty is first step toward humility.  When we are ready to give God room, He’ll begin chipping away at barriers and strategies we have carefully constructed to continue nurturing and maintaining our excuses for sin (Hebrews 3:13).

Secondly, we work under the authority and structure of the local church.  There are ‘support’ groups that regularly meet…some even meet within a church, but they are not a ministry of that church nor do they answer to the church’s leadership.  Sexual sin is a spiritual battle, where we “wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).  We partner with the local church because we believe the local church has the God-given authority to deal with spiritual issues.  Sexual sin is not just a sociological, legal, or personal problem.   It is a deep-seated, spiritual problem that requires a genuine heart change that can only happen through the power of the Holy Spirit.  That’s our focus and that’s what makes us different.

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