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Pastor and a Porn Star

Pastor and a Porn Star

This story was too strange not to share it on Indian Motorcycle Radio.

Pornography is older than podcasting by a million years. It is frowned upon by many openly that have consumed it in secret. Pornography is a moral issue for some, but not everybody. Some believe it is a health issue. How pornography is used and within what context can determine how helpful or hurtful it can be to any one individual or relationship. It can be addictive. It can mean that you are depressed, and need to talk to someone professionally. This is the story that taught me something I had never realized before and put some others things in context for me. What happened when a pastor speaks to a famous porn actress on his podcast?

I’ve been podcasting for twelve years. I attend a lot of podcasting conferences and events to learn. Podcasters have a community where we share equipment, tips, tricks, best practices and marketing information. We are all trying to do better with what we have.

It’s our art. It’s our craft, man!

One day, about six years ago, my podcast mentor said that he was scanning the podisphere for new shows and saw that former Porn star, Ginger Lynn has just started podcasting but didn’t have all the right links and tags displayed in iTunes. My buddy said it was going to hurt her in the long run. The name struck a bell with me. She was a hot blonde from the 80’s that was a displayed expertly on the cover of VHS tapes they used to keep in the back room of the video renting place.in my neighborhood. Back in the day, 18-25 years old,

I thought “OOOH MAMA.”

I’m just keeping it real.

 

Well, I went to the website and hit the contact button. I found an email and the next thing I know I am talking to Ginger Lynn. I shared with her all the things my mentor had mentioned that were wrong and how she could better her show. She was like the woman next door. Honest, humble and didn’t judge me for being a Christian pastor. I admitted to her that we were the same age and that I had seen one or two of her videos in our youth. You know what happened next?

She shared some personal stuff and I told her that if she ever needed to talk to someone I was here. In Christian talk, I witnessed to her, and said if she needed a pastor, call me. Something about this call was different though. You know when you, well maybe not you are judging someone and then you realize you got just as much dirt to hide as the next person you shut up.

I’m glad I got to speak with her. It taught me something.

My faith is built around the belief that we are all less than perfect. We have all sin and still do. I realized that some stay where they are because the perfect people make it so hard for them to talk. Not you. I have spoken to drug addicts, sex addicts, coffee addicts, alcoholics, liars, murderers, and probably a host of things they never confided in me about. But here I was. It made me readjust my collar. I looked in the mirror.

Sin is breaking the Law of God.  1 John 3:4 says, “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act.  Sin is a deviation from the will of God.  It is a form of evildoing since it is in opposition to God’s decrees and desires. Sin is not a merely a deficiency. It is an open rebellion and disobedience to what God has declared is right.  Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is the holy one (1 Peter 1:16) and all sin is unholy. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned.

Everyone commits sin

Every person who’s ever lived, except for Jesus (1 Pet. 2:22), commits sin. This is because when Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, we inherited his sinful nature. This is why the Bible says that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. (Rom. 5:12) Furthermore, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3).

 

Again, what is sin?

Sin is doing that which is contrary to the revealed will of God. It’s plain and simple.  If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned.

There are two main reasons for not feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit when a person sins. One is that the person is not born-again, and the Holy Spirit is not indwelling him. Therefore, he would not feel the conviction that the Spirit of God brings.

Here’s what I have found out personally about porn. If our bodies are temples or vessels that can contain the Holy Spirit, it can be polluted. It can become full of trash. Porn and the Holy Spirit don’t dwell in the same vessels. You set yourself up for failure, abandonment, the feeling of emptiness when you secretly or openly invite that into you. Your vessel is empty and can be inhabited by other spirits and entities.

So, I have learned that I have to be careful what I allow into my mind, body and soul.  We should not use our weakness in the flesh as a justification or excuse to do that which is against God.  We are made new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), and as such we have been bought with a great price — the blood of God (Acts 20:28) — and we should act in a manner consistent with our redemption.  We’re not to abide in sin or seek it, but when we do sin we have someone we can turn to who will cleanse us.

Just as this sidetracked podcast may have unintentionally turned into a preaching moment, it was intentioned by God, to help someone.

Back to the story. The first time I aired this podcast, I had a good guy berate me on how wrong I was to talk to Ms Ginger. I was shocked at first. Then I was hurt. You will hear in our conversation that she could be your neighbor. That is what I mean about adjusting my collar. I had to check my own prejudices, judgments. I have no hell to put you in or a heaven to kick you out of. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Judge.

The Old Testament contains the Law of God.  It is a perfect standard because it is God’s standard.  When we fail to keep the law, we sin.  When we sin, we offend God.  This offense against God results in a judgment.  Laws are laws because they have penalties.  There is no law without a penalty.  Therefore, breaking God’s law brings judgment which is separation from God.  “But your sins have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).  And, “the wages of sin is death . . . ” (Rom. 6:23).  So, to sin, to break God’s law, results in judgment.  The judgment is known as damnation which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.  If God did not judge the sinner, then He is not upholding His holiness; and he would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.

I am still working on my salvation with fear and trembling. I am still studying and learning the Word of God so that I may rightly share it with the people God has put in front of me. I’ll understand if you don’t agree with me.

Most don’t go to church.

So now you will hear a conversation with a porno star. One who has done just about everything you can do and still live. She has survived thus far. We must be extremely careful as Christians to apply moral judgments with equity, non-partiality, love, and truth. Moral judgments without compassion and mercy become immoral in themselves. This is why we are to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the judge and the standard of righteousness. We must keep our eyes on his words and his deeds and emulate him. Jesus forgave, was patient, taught, and healed.  His words were not simple moral statements.  They were manifested by his life and loving character.

That’s how I got to Ms. Ginger. That is what transpired after I first aired this thing. I learned a lot from the conversation.

Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of his will. This means that everything that occurs in your life, all your free will decisions, all your choices, all your intentions, all your mistakes, all your sins, etc. work within the divine knowledge and will of God. Nothing is outside the scope of God’s knowledge, and no one can do anything that surprises God.

Ain’t that something?

Can I get an Amen somebody?

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Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman



 Wisdom from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.


One of the things we don’t do is listen more to the wisemen in our lives.  There are grandparents, and uncles that have accumulated a wealth of knowledge over their lifetimes.  

Listen to this sage speak.   My guest coming soon is retired U.S. Army Lt. Col David Grossman.  

You can hear it  

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Podcasting is an excellent way to capture the wisdom of our elders.  It’s not easy to listen sometimes because not everything they say is for everybody. And honestly, not everything they say is gold.  But on this weeks episode I have a guest that is golden.  We spoke for awhile and when he got comfortable he dropped some nuggets I want to share with you.  

I didn’t know him personally before our interview.  I have heard of him for decades.  On this episode he will be sharing the importance of sleep and how it affects us, soldiers and folks contemplating suicide.  Who would have known the key to success was sleep?  

He is going to talk about using caffeine effectively, how to sleep better, about church security, the Second Amendment, gun rights, the role and title of a Sheepdog, about self discipline and resilience.  This grandfather is going to give some parenting 101 advice.  And he is even going to talk about faith.  He ties it all together.

You are going to thank me for this episode. 


Dave has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two children’s’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing  (with over half a million copies sold).Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor.  He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  

Dave also mentions that getting a Fitbit to monitor your sleep and health is a good thing.  I put a link below for you along with his first book.  He has another coming out soon.  When he and it is available, I’ll have him back on.  

This guy is great.  He is one of a kind.   He was a great guest for the Game Changers Podcast.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  



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