I can recall when God Over Porn first started I was praying about wanting to make a change in regards to the effects porn has had within the lives of Believers. Let me just start off by saying I did NOT know how widespread this sin is among the Church, it was just a handful of brothers that were battling this addiction together.

What really made me "hostile," if you will, towards the porn industry was the blatant demonic imagery it would display, with production companies like "Evil Angel" and porn stars who had the word "SIN" in their entertainment names. At this point I was determined to take the fight to the porn industry, not the porn stars themselves, for "we do not fight against flesh and blood.." (Eph. 6:12), but I did not realize my greatest enemy was the inner-me. I'm completely paraphrasing here so if you find the quote let me know—but Paul Washer once said "Many pluck out their eye and put it in their pocket for later use."

That was my life and I knew something had to change, but instead of "putting to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit" (Rom. 8:13), I put much emphasis on our spiritual enemies; focusing too much on the devil, his power, and works were one of the issues we faced when we initially launched. 

Christian rapper Shai Linne said in his song, Cosmic Powers:

The lower case god of this world- a reign of terror/tempting people to make one of two major errors/one is saying that he’s not responsible for anything/the other is saying that he’s responsible for everything/So one part of the Church, all they do is speak on him/The other part is just as bad because they sleep on him.

To be honest, I had made much of Satan, and not enough of Jesus. Three years in, we are finding a "healthy balance," I hope. 

It was myself, my wife Carmen and my brother-in-Christ, Kendrick Green in which we locked arms with other ministries and in a seemingly short period of time, we grew rapidly. I was ecstatic over the messages of support and encouragement we would receive from others who were blessed by our ministry, but another reason for my excitement was that I felt like I FINALLY "found" my calling. After a lifetime of confusion in regards to my "purpose," I found something I love to do. God Over Porn was my "baby" but no sooner would it become my idol. Instead of my identity being found in Christ (Acts 17:28), setting my affection on Him only, I loved my "golden calf" more. The conferences, speaking engagements, getting to meet and know highly influential people, as well as your brand being known throughout the world can have a significant impact on someone who sought their identity in practically anything or anyone willing to accept them. Let me just say this, a large following does not automatically mean God has set His "stamp of approval" on your ministry.

Many false teachers have large followings, but based on their heretical teachings it can be said that God is not in their midst.

Social media made me feel like just because I had a large following that I was a leader, but I had a gut-check when Lecrae said on his song "No Regrets" that "You're not a leader cause they follow you on Twitter..," I truly thought I was something special. Being popular on social media is like being rich in Monopoly money. It definitely got to my head. 

One thing we all, as Believers ought to be on guard against is the snare of pride, it is subtle and deceptive, leading to the downfall of many (1 Tim. 3:6). We may have good intentions when it comes to doing the work of the Lord, but I exhort each of you along with myself, to love the Lord of the work more than work of the Lord. Do not allow your passion and zeal for ministry to cause you to stray from what truly brings us joy: loving Christ and being loved by Christ. God shows us what it looks like in His Word to love the calling more than the One who has called us in the life of King Jehu in 2 Kings 9-10. Although he fulfilled the Word of the Lord, "he was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart" (2 Kings 10:31), one of several schemes the enemy employed against me. We see here that working in the Name of the Lord does not equate to one having an intimate relationship with Him (Matt. 7:21-23), it does not matter how hard we work for Jesus if we aren't truly obedient to His Word. It is a daily battle to fight against the desire to build our kingdoms so that we may preach the kingdom of Christ, because your "kingdom" will come to an end, while His kingdom will remain forever. We must make a conscious effort to live for the praises of God and not the praises of men and we do this by honoring our Lord in public and in private.

C.S. Lewis once said,

God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.

That is powerful because I often struggle with this truth. I feel since I've failed Him so many times I must make up for it, or prove something to Him, but I'm striving to rest in His grace knowing that He called me from my mother's womb, before I did any wrong or right, so that He may love and have me forever, and the same holds true for you, Beloved. Only what we do for Christ will last forever.

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