In light of many local churches and pastors becoming Gay Affirming Churches, we unapologetically declare the fact that we are an EX–GAY AFFIRMING CHURCH.
Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 6:11…
“And such WERE some of you. But you WERE washed, but you WERE sanctified, but you WERE justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
There are those that live in hopelessness unnecessarily. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides hope for those trapped in the sin of homosexuality. Through the sinless, shed blood of Jesus, by His grace, and mercy, you can experience new life in Christ to prevail over the sin of homosexuality.
The intent is not about heterosexuality. The intent is to help you, through the grace of God, to willingly move you from sin, to holiness, to help you become whole in Christ.
Even if you have an STD, or HIV/AIDS, it is not over.
The love of God is still extended to you no matter what you have.
Prevailing Word Ministries stands ready to minister to you no matter what you have.
Provided that you never lose hope, repent of your sins, and obey the good news of Jesus Christ. We are here to help you, and all who come to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, as opposed to receiving the wages of sin, which is death, or eternal separation from the Lord forever.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church.
We believe that the Lord calls all sinners to repent, believe the gospel, and be saved.
That includes all fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, bisexuals, catamites, sodomites, lesbians, and other involved in sexual immorality. His love, grace, and mercy is extended to all who repent and come to Christ, having their sins washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
We welcome all who desire to repent and be saved. Even if you do not want to repent, you are welcome to attend our local church to hear the unadulterated Word of the living God.
Those who practice sin are not excluded from attending our church, however, it is only through repentance of sins that a person can be saved, delivered, and set free from the bondages of all sin, including the sin of homosexuality.
The sexual immorality events that confront the church require that we make a Biblical statement so as not to give any hint of an appearance of condoning that which God condemned and declare as a detestable sin.
Also, it is folly to attempt to lower the stigmatization associated with homosexuality to lessen the sin of homosexuality to a level playing field. Sodom and Gomorrah is proof of what is in the mind of God regarding the sin of homosexuality. Few realize that any stigmatization practicing homosexuals may feel, is truly the convicting power of the Holy Spirit to convince the world of sin according to John 16:8-9.
As with all sinners, suppression of conviction is nothing more than remorse that will never turn into repentance until godly sorrow comes.
First, the Holy Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God.
To attempt to minimize, reduce, adjust, or alter the Word of God to exclude the sin of homosexuality is a bold and blatant attempt to question and put on trial the God of heaven, and His Word. To mislead people by using the Scriptures in making erroneous claims that fail the test of contextual or harmony of Scripture regarding the sin of homosexuality, is a misguided and miscalculated attempt to make it appear that God was wrong and sinful man was right.
The God of heaven and earth and the Bible was here before all of us, and should Jesus tarry, the God of heaven and earth, and the Bible will be here after us.
This brings about the eternally established facts that….
God cannot change. Malachi 3:6 says…
“I am the Lord, I change not.”
God cannot lie. Numbers 23:19 and says…
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should repent.”
God’s Word is eternally established in heaven. Psalm 119:89 says…
“Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven.”
Therefore, God’s position against all unrighteousness, including the sin of homosexuality, is clearly established. His position to redeem man is also established.
Second, the Bible is clear regarding the sin of homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 tells us that “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”
Many opponents of the Bible will attempt to assert that the Old Testament does not apply today because of the New Testament.
This is error.
Many will assert the flawed argument that the laws of the Old Testament were done away with when the New Testament was established. This fallacy serves only one purpose, the continuation of sin.
In the Old Testament, there were three types of law given to the children of Israel.
1. Moral. 2. Ceremonial. 3. Dietary.
The one aspect of law that carried over into the New Testament is “moral law.”
For instance, Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage in honorable among all and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
Therefore, fornication and adultery is morally wrong in the Old and New Testament. Because it is true that the sin of fornication and adultery is morally wrong, the sin of homosexuality is equally wrong as with all other moral sins.
Some will argue that nothing was said about God judging the sin of homosexuality after Sodom and Gomorrah. Quite the contrary. The aggressive tactics of LGBT extremists will go as far as the universe (if they could) to discredit the Bible and anyone that stands for the truth that is eternally embedded in the Word of God.
LGBT has concluded that the Bible is outdated, archaic, and no longer acceptable for the times we are currently living in. They declare that the church is outdated and need to catch up to the times the world is living in.
Quite the opposite is true.
Man is behind eternity and needs to catch up with God through repentance and receiving eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
The destruction of lawless people during the days of Noah and the destruction of homosexuals living in Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, was conclusive proof of God’s eternal abhorrence of all sexual immorality.
1 Corinthians 6:9 says…
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The list in this verse declares that entrance will be denied to those that practice these sins.
Ceremonial law and dietary law were done away with according to Colossians 2:11-23.
Thirdly, consequential judgment is imposed upon all that practice lawlessness.
For sexual immorality, STDs come upon those that transgress Genesis 2:24 and Hebrews 13:4.
For those that practice the sin of homosexuality, Romans 1:18-32 clearly states that when a man or woman engage in the sin of homosexuality, they receive “…in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
The Gay Man’s Disease, changed now to be known as HIV/AIDS is the “penalty of their error which was due.” The change occurred because of the negative stigmatization applied to those that practice the detestable sin of homosexuality.
As a result, collateral damage is upon the whole world. From children born to parents practicing the sin of homosexuality, or bisexuality, to accidental needle pricks, intravenous drug use, tainted blood supplies for blood transfusions, and other means of contracting the AIDS virus.
It is undeniably documented that the primary means of contracting the AIDS virus will always be MSM.
This is further evidence that the sin of homosexuality is an abomination or detestable because of the consequential results of such perversion.
Fourth, the error of declaring the sin of homosexuality a sexual orientation, racism, bigotry, or discrimination.
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s was about racial equality, not sexual orientation. Black people were denied basic rights that were already afforded to every person born in the United States. Segregation and Jim Crow laws were used to suppress Black people after president Lincoln gave the Emancipation Proclamation.
Sadly, and abhorrently, LGBT perverted and polluted the NAACP and other Black institutions by coercion and without any doubt, money, to see to it that the sin of homosexuality and those that practice this ungodly sin, has its place as those that are being discriminated against. LGBT successfully manipulated Civil Rights to the degree that it is no longer about sin, but bigotry.
Fifth, political correctness vs. Biblical correctness.
It is politically incorrect for God fearing people to preach or share that homosexuality is a sin as declared by God in the Holy Bible. In a politically correct world declaring homosexuality as a sin is hateful, bigotry, and discrimination. This is a cold, calculated attempt to silence the voice of righteousness so that the sin of homosexuality could be accepted as a normal lifestyle.
However, we all know that homosexuality is not normal because of the consequences imposed upon those that practice the sin of homosexuality. Furthermore, anyone living in America has equal protection under the law, but we all know that according to the Scriptures, marriage is defined as one man and one woman, joined in holy matrimony.
To afford homosexuals the right to marry is perversion. There is no question about what is being practiced in the bedroom of those who commit these sins. There is no question about the results and consequences that follow those that practice the sin of homosexuality, or for any sexual sins.
Therefore, we at Prevailing Word Ministries will err on the side of being Biblically correct and be politically incorrect. We much rather seek to please God than to displease God. We fear God than to fear man any day of the week, 24/7.
Therefore, Prevailing Word Ministries will always welcome those that are bound in any sin, including the sin of homosexuality, to minister to all with the truth of God’s Word in the love of God while standing firm, and immovable in the truth.
Prevailing Word Ministries will never apologize for standing in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, nor retreat from those that insist in aggressively pushing the LGBT agenda in an attempt to silence our righteous voice, and force this local church to turn its back on the Most Holy God and His Word, the Holy Bible.
Prevailing Word Ministries is an EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCH.
For the last four years and a few months, it’s been a rewarding journey. The fight to keep yourself from the sin that you were held bound to is the toughest battle of your life. Over these years, the growth in the Lord and the learning experience gained was invaluable. The previous blogs that I have written revealed a lot about how the Lord worked with me to keep myself pure from porn and masturbation.
The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life surrounded me like the Indians circling the cowboys.
In 1 Corinthians 9:27, it was a critical key to being successful against the onslaught of sexual temptation. If we do not beat down our flesh, the flesh and the mind will dictate the way we live our lives.
There comes a point in time where we must stop what we are doing and reconsider the fact that if we sin constantly, after having received instructions from the Lord about how to walk in the victory achieved on the cross, then satan is our real lord.
We know that when we sin after we receive instructions, we are disqualified. We are not fit or prepared for the Master’s use. We call it a “mistake,” to soften the blow that we have sinned. Sin is a very strong word. When a person hear this word, it is a clear indication that you violated the known will of God.
In order to “Come Clean,” acknowledgement of sin is required. Side stepping, story telling to deflect the blow of the sin, and other nifty, deft ways to deal with sin only reveals that we have failed to truly understand the magnitude of sin. Every time that we sin, the Father is hurt. He wants His children mature to the point where we stop ourselves from sinning. After all, this is what salvation is about. To stop sin and to save us from our sins through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Some will unhesitatingly say, “You do not understand.” I understand more than you will ever know. When you have been trapped in the web of Secret Sexual Sins of porn and masturbation for 33 years, I know all too well the excuse and excuses to continue in sin, but the Lord Jesus knows all too well beyond me. He was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. For we do not have an High Priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our weaknesses who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet, He never once sinned.
So the Lord sympathizes with you. Therefore, we can go boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The first 10 chapters of the book of Romans is the most profound discourse on sin and the redemptive power of Christ. Paul understood the depths the Father went to redeem man. Romans uncovers the heart of the Father about sin unlike any other book ever written. It is clear that the Father wants us to understand the power of sin, and the power of redemption. The Father wants us to understand that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Father wants us to understand that He demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
The most important thing that the Father wants us to understand that His hatred for sin is perfect and complete, otherwise, He would not have sent His Son to die. We must remember that Jesus became the “propitiation” or “appeasement” of the Father’s righteousness and His demands as a just and holy God. Folks, this is the way it is. The Father demands that holiness be the required way of life for His creation. The Creator has this right because we owe our existence to Him.
Paul said this about Jesus, “by Him all things consist.”
Death is not supposed to be the reason why we are here today. God is life, but because of Adam’s transgression, it takes death to bring us life. The moment we understand this, we can understand that death is not just the cessation of life. Death is separation from the One who gives life. So, if we want life, we now have to go through His Son to get it. Then after we initially get eternal life, we now must purpose in our hearts never to sin again.
Some of you believe that it is impossible to stop sinning.
Well let me use an analogy that the Holy Spirit gave me.
What do you do when you are about to cross the street? You stop. What do you do when you are driving a vehicle and you approach a stop light or a stop sign? You stop. You’ve just proved that you can stop. So if you can stop and obey traffic signals, you can stop sinning. As I have said before in my previous blogs, the man at the pool of Bethesda and the woman caught in adultery were told by the Lord Jesus to “go and sin no more.”
This is a profound truth. That we can go and sin no more. That tells us that sin’s power can no longer lord itself over me and reduce me to a slave of sin. That’s what Romans 6 teaches us. For years, I avoided that chapter because I loved the pleasure of sin. But now, I love the pleasure of righteousness. I love to please the Father. Every day that I stay from porn and masturbation, I am, by the grace and power of God, living to please Him. We are not perfect, but we are striving towards perfection.
Every moment that I stay free is a moment that the strength to resist, withstand, holdout, gets stronger and stronger. To the point where you can identify sin coming a mile away. Also, you have a plan to overcome the instant sin is coming your way to destroy you. As many men of God have said, “if you do not have a plan, you plan to fail.”
Many brothers are turning their backs on what God told them to do. They have strayed into the minefield of Secret Sexual Sins. From porn and masturbation to out right prostitution, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and bisexuality. The promise to “keep yourself pure” has been thrown away for a moment of orgasm. The power to procreate is very powerful. The lusts of the flesh, and eyes can easily overwhelm an individual. Temptation from the devil doesn’t make it easy. But the Lord made a way out for all of us. We must fight with courage to abstain and maintain our sanctification.
It took me a long time to figure this out but for you that may be young in the flesh and young in the Lord, you can stop the madness of sin and live victorious, Christian lives.
The power of sin can no longer tell you to sin. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. As long as I obey that law and tell my members what to do in righteousness, the freedom from the law of sin and death remains intact. The moment that I decide to suppress the Holy Spirit, suppress the Word of God to live a sanctified life, and turn my back on God, sin and death is mine.
But thank God that the Lord forgives us. Not to sin again and again, but to live righteously for the rest of our lives.
When you come to the Father, it is important to know that He loves us and He wants the best for us. Sin is never the best course. But we also have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous. Not to sin again that grace may abound, but to live free of the power and guilt of sin. Therefore, when you are tempted to watch porn, resist it. When you are tempted to masturbate, resist it. When you are tempted to fornicate. Resist it. When you are tempted to carry out homosexual acts. Resist it. When you are tempted to look lustfully upon a male or female. Resist it. When you are tempted, count it all joy when you fall into various trials and testings.
For the trying of your faith works patience. Therefore, let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Finally, the people of God should never applaud sin. When a person admits their sin and not label it as a “mistake” we must remember that sin always hurts the heart of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit.” Paul said in Ephesians 4:30. Very few have understood the grieving of the Holy Spirit. It is similar to a father grieving over his child that turned away and go astray. Parents grieve when a child goes down a certain path. When we prodigal our lives, we bring shame and disgrace to the Father. But thank God that the Lord looks down the path to see if we would return. Such is the case with the Father. Without question, the Lord receives us and throws a party that we have returned from trying conditions brought about by sin.
We can prevent these moments of grief for the Lord. Permission to sin is never given. But the Lord is always ready to forgive and forget, the moment we repent.
As time progress, leaders must be watchful in all things. When coming out of the snares of sexual sins, they must learn themselves in the natural. As long as we are alive on this planet, it is a smart thing to learn your sexual tendencies, habits, patterns, practices, rituals, and routines.
The smarter you become about how you are tempted, the better you are able to develop resistance against the next level of temptation. As you have engaged in sin, you have incorporated unhealthy sexuality. Now that you have come from the darkness into the light of Christ, you now have to incorporate healthy sexuality in terms of choices and decisions.
As The Preacher said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.”
The half brother of the Lord Jesus, James, tells us that we are to “Submit ourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Peter says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, stedfast in the faith…”
As you put distance from the last time you’ve grieved the Lord, you should not waste time waiting to be tempted to get ready. As soon as the last sin is over, your mind and body is planning a comeback. When habits, patterns, and routines aren’t broken, then the mind plans another round of sin.
That’s where you will find that your repentance has sticking or staying power or you were just playing.
Repentance is always the starting point after sin, but very few make an aggressive plan to fight the next temptation. When your sin is still “fresh in you flesh,” these are the most difficult moments to make a stand. That’s why you have to identify “trigger mechanisms” that set things off in your mind and flesh to start you down the path of resuming business as usual.
If you are married, porn and masturbation went from recreation to “can’t live without it.”
So, lets start with breaking this sin first. You repent. You sensed that the Lord forgave you. You receive forgiveness and you feel like a new man. You promise not to sin that sin again.
You now set yourself to keep that promise.
Psalm 119:9-11 says….
“How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandment. Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
How are you going to stop from breaking your promise to God?
The question is answered with a question.
“How shall a young man cleanse his way?”
The response is simple, yet, profound.
“By taking heed according to Your Word.
From the point of the promise to never sin that sin again, you have to “cleanse your way.”
In Matthew 7, Jesus likens a person that hear His sayings and does them as a wise man that builds his house on a rock. As long as you hear the Word of God and then do the Word of God, the house you build is secure. Now mind you, the storms of life will come. Rain will descend, floods will come, and the winds will beat upon your house, BUT…..it will remain standing because the foundation is solid. You built your house on a rock.
Doing the Word after hearing the Word is the building of the house upon a rock.
James tells us to….“Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Here is a key…Do the Word and not do porn and masturbation.
Paul said this in Romans chapter 6…..“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”
Paul also said this in the 12th chapter of Romans…..”But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust.”
Instead of making provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust, make provision for the spirit to worship God in spirit and in truth.
We easily submit to the heated sexual moments that run rampant through our minds. When this occurs, this is the opportunity to remember the promise you made to God not to sin that sin again. This is the moment that the Holy Spirit will work with you in your weak moment to give you strength to overcome temptation. Sometimes you do not have to go places to be tempted. All you have to do is remember habits, rituals, cycles, practices.
I find that when I do remember these sinful habits, the Holy Spirit brings to my attention 1 Corinthians 10:13 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
So I submit to God.
If you hesitate, that’s the ill fated moment the devil was waiting for.
During my time of subsequent relapses in mid 2012, it’s those moments that I let my guard down (not porn but masturbation).
When the situations of life come at you, you think about relief and feeling good, sex will do that according to Dr. Archibald Hart who wrote the book on The Sexual Man. When life comes at you and you are not vigilant, that’s when the flesh and mind wanders from the commandments of the Lord. When you are not practicing the presence of the Lord, your spirit man is weak.
Proverbs 24:10 says…..
“If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small.”
So how do I build my strength up to withstand in the moment of temptation?
Prayer and obeying the Word. You must be ruthless on your flesh and mind (see 1 Corinthians 9:27 and Colossians 3:5).
If you practice His presence within you, you will “take up your cross and follow Him.” Living the crucified life requires the measure and level of Paul’s life. “I die daily.”
The urges and impulses that operate within you were put there by the Lord, but when Adam fell into sin, they became perverted. After being born again, the mind and flesh now has to commit to doing righteousness. Spirit, soul, and body must now work in unison with the Holy Spirit to obey the Word of God on a moment’s notice. The enemy will not waste time with you. Each moment counts. When you submit yourself without hesitation, that means you have put on the armor of light and you are ready to do battle.
Submission is where it all begins. Submission to God through His Word.
Afterwards, you must be vigilant. You have to watch your every thought. You have to watch where you put your hands at night. You have to do what is necessary to keep your promise not to grieve the Lord in sin. Then, you have to spend time strengthening your heart, mind, and flesh to withstand temptation.
This is accomplished by a variety of means. Very few will win the battle against temptation who constantly feeds on the world and starves themselves of the Word. The more Word you feed on, the more of the world gets starved out of you. Remember, your heart is like a field. Whatever seed is planted, that is what will manifest as a harvest.
Paul said this is Galatians 6……
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
That’s the difference between victory and defeat.
Whatever you feed on is the difference. How much time you spend in either will be the difference. As you feed on the world your spirit man grows weaker and will never be able to withstand in the evil day. As you feed on the Word, your spirit man grows stronger and will be able to withstand in the evil day.
Paul also speaks of renewing the mind and the spirit of our minds. If you preoccupy your mind with things of the flesh, your mind will resume habits, rituals, cycles, and practices. To break these things, you must renew the mind. Renovate the mind. Redo the mind with the Word of God.
You have to make a conscious decision to put into practice having the mind of Christ. As long as you do these things, you will master the mind and flesh, and victory, by the help of the Holy Spirit, is achievable.
So far, we’ve covered 5 of the 10 Deadly Sins Of Leaders Involved In Secret Sexual Sins.
#5. Pride and Arrogance.
#4. Failure To Take Heed.
#3. Compromise And Conviction.
#2. Candid Camera.
And the first one….
No Real Relationship With The Lord.
So here we are with #6, Deliberate Avoidance Of Confrontation.
In one way or another, we all avoid the place where a good spanking is coming for us. As kids growing up, we want to do our thing and get away with it. We know that sooner or later, it will catch up to us, and like clock work, the dinner bell of judgment comes.
The Lord confronted the sins of David by sending the prophet Nathan. The Lord Jesus met the woman at Jacob’s well. The Lord Jesus had a woman caught in the act of adultery brought to her. The Lord confronted Cain concerning the murder of Abel.
It is apparent that the discovery of a secret is the most feared aspect of Secret Sexual Sins.
Notice what the Lord Jesus said in John 3:19-21….
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Notice what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:4
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.”
When Paul speaks of those that sleep at night and get drunk at night, and when the Lord said, men loved darkness rather than light,” it is a clear indication that concealment depicts secrecy.
When you want to commit sin, it’s the works of darkness that gives you the false sense of security that you can get away with it. But the reality is that works of darkness are done in the dark. It depicts the sinister nature of a person bent on sinning against the Lord. We must remember that the Psalmist in Psalm 139, said of the Lord that “the night and the day are both alike to You.”
In other words, God doesn’t care if you believe that you can hide under the cloak or cover of darkness. He can still see you. Sometimes, we act like He doesn’t see us.
Remember, sin is an act of defiance against the known will of God.
Now look at what Paul said in Ephesians 5:11-13…
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
The intent of light is to expose the secrets of darkness. Confrontation is designed to shed light on what we may be doing in secret so we could avoid more judgment. Confrontation is part of the “chastisement of the Lord” (see Hebrews 12:4-17). If the Lord didn’t love you, He wouldn’t bother to shed any of His light on what you are doing in secret. He would let you do what you do and still judge you, based on His righteousness.
When you are hiding something, you have no confidence before the Lord, and no confidence before men. However, we must never allow such confidence to take us over into the area of pride, and false humility. As Paul admonished, “Take heed, lest we fall.”
John, the beloved apostle of the Lamb said these words in 1 John 3:19-22…
“And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
When you do not have confidence, you hide. Just like Adam and Eve did when the Lord came to confront their sin.
The Lord already knew they had sin but as a loving Father, He was not going to let what they did go.
It must be confronted.
I thought that confrontation takes place when a person sits down with another individual to delve into their lives. Sort of like, spill your guts and tell me everything that is going on in you, and if I find anything, I will lay you out. In other places, this may not be the case where consent is given. However, when it comes to discovery, sometimes, this doesn’t work because of fear. Even when there is nothing at all to discover, the fear is sometimes too much to overcome.
This kind of discovery tactic intimidates everyone. Little do we realize that this is the fear of God at work. Besides, God is more interested in the heart coming to Him than sitting down and digging up a person’s hidden secrets. Do not get me wrong. The Lord will resort to this when your sins are blatant and you show no serious indication that you will relent. When it comes to an individual bent on sexually sinning anyway, sometimes, truthfulness and honesty is a fleeting thing.
Some men and women are great liars. That’s what hypocrites do so well. They play the part of another so convincingly that to detect who they really are is almost impossible. However, it doesn’t matter what role you play before the Lord because He is God. He is omniscient. Even when the Lord confronted Cain, Cain was determined to kill Abel no matter what God said.
Cain was already in the depraved indifference state of mind. In other words, he didn’t care that the Lord said something to him. That’s the way it was with me. I didn’t care about what the Lord said. My sin was more important than the Word of God. My sin was more important than my relationship with God. My sin was more important than my love for my wife and daughter.
Sin’s acronym is Selfish Individual Needs.
This is not the way that every person should order their lives. To attempt to pattern after something that may not work for you, only invites future shipwrecks. However, in living before God, we are to walk “blameless unto the coming of the Lord.”
The key phrase is “the coming of the Lord.”
It is clear that everyone will not be ready at the coming of the Lord. The point of blameless is to be ready when He comes. Blameless is the only position of readiness. You cannot commit sin and be ready for the coming of the Lord. When the Lord confronts you about any sin, it is so that you would enter into repentance, receive forgiveness, and from that point, learn to walk blameless before the Lord.
I often thought….what would happen if I am watching porn and masturbating. Would the Lord accept me into His kingdom? Am I walking blameless? Am I walking in the light as He is in the light? Am I in fellowship with the Father through His Son, the Lord Jesus? Am I like the five wise virgins or am I like the five foolish virgins?
When it comes to confrontation, it may come in many forms. The Lord would send people in your path to distract you from making provision to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The Lord may have you switch, unknowingly, radio stations to hear an important message from Him. Confrontation comes is various ways, designed to keep us off balance.
Off balance in the sense that you do not know when confrontation will come. Unpredictability has the potential of keeping a person honest. Then again, unpredictability of confrontation is no incentive at all for some bent on not being blameless before the Lord. Nonetheless, confrontation is there to protect us from impending judgment. Especially when we are entertaining the thought to cross the line we said to ourselves that we wouldn’t dare cross.
Finally, in Dr. Mark Laaser’s book on Healing The Wounds Of Sexual Addiction, I believe he talked about a story about a married, father of children pastor that robbed banks to feed his sexual addiction habits of porn, masturbation, strip clubs, Internet porn, and prostitutes. At the end, he was tried and convicted of armed robbery and served time. He lost his pastorate, obviously, and he hurt his family and children. At the pinnacle of this were layers of neglect.
The intentional disregard for the confronting power of God to save him from this pinnacle event.
When we refuse to even consider that the Lord is speaking to us in His still small voice, a much distinguishing, loud, impossible to ignore voice speaks to us. It could be that when we are about to cross a line, the voice of the Lord comes when the police comes. The voice of the Lord comes when the judge imposes a sentence for an avoidable crime. The voice of the Lord comes loud and clear when an STD of an incurable nature comes.
Yes, the voice of the Lord comes in many ways but it is prudent to listen to the voice of the Lord when we are still tender in our hearts and minds. The Lord knows how to salvage the unsalvageable. The Lord knows how to redeem the unredeemable. The Lord knows how to take a broken life, pieces all over the place, and one by one, put our lives back together again.
When the confrontation comes, let’s not run, but let’s embrace it.
Oh, heaven NO!!!!
No relapse on my part. Not on your life because we are getting too close to the finale. I know that’s it’s been a while since my last blog. However, this is not a report of me backsliding kind of blog.
The trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we that are alive and remain will be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
To stay holy is my one goal. I do not plan to be fulfilling the lust of the flesh and satisfying myself when Jesus comes.
Some of you may recall the 10 virgins. Five were wise. Five were foolish. When the bridegroom came, it was time for them to go to the wedding. The five wise had enough oil for the journey in the night and the five foolish did not. The five foolish asked the five wise to spare what they had, and the wise ones declined.
The five wise told them to go and buy for themselves. So they went out to buy oil for themselves, and they found some, but by the time they got to the door, it was shut.
They knocked on the door and the bridegroom did not let them in.
It was too late.
There are many incentives to take advantage of to quit sexual immorality, however, very few will incorporate such incentives.
The pleasures of self gratification can be overwhelming because of the rewards it offers. However, the reward of heaven with Christ outweighs the pleasures of self gratification. There comes a point in your walk with the Lord where masturbation is something you do not need.
Dr. Mark Laaser, who wrote a book on Healing The Wounds Of Sexual Addiction, did a course and placed a powerful lesson on Sexual Addiction on CD. He asked a question, “Can you do without masturbation and sex with your wife?” That’s radical. Because he continued and said, “If you can’t, you do not have full control and you cannot manage your sex life.”
The release of sexual tension is powerful. However, there comes a point where these pleasure of life must come to an end one way or another. Either through self discipline or when the catching away of the people of God takes place. Even after that, people will still engage in some form of releasing sexual tension. Even then, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes to an end.
NO MORE SEX!!!!! FOREVER!!!!!!
For many people, a sense of hopelessness and shame clouds the mind. Hopelessness is the fog of war in the mind and flesh.
As long as this feeling of hopelessness lingers in the mind, the attempt to break free is the light at the end of the tunnel that is seemingly a fleeting thing. Many men and women have dashed their hopes because the urges and impulses dictates their every move.
In my studies about sexuality, I learned that many people plan their day around sex. It usually is at the expense of a marriage, their job, and ultimately, their relationship with the Lord. It was true for me too. The obsession, infatuation, day dreaming, open minded thoughts of reading a newspaper, magazine, women watching, and porn. My whole day was planned around an orgasm.
All these things and the true worship of God takes a back seat. In most cases, a relationship with God in hypocrisy is better than no relationship at all. As ridiculous as this sounds, this is where many of God’s people are. I can identify with this because when you refuse to equate the sin of self gratification as part of the religious ritual of false penance, it is easy to think that you are just as close to God as if you never sinned.
Like John, the apostle of the Lamb said, “If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
I know you are not going to let me off the hook about calling masturbation a sin because there is no specific chapter and verse that declares that masturbation is a sin. However, where the Bible is silent, it is never to be assumed that it is safe to commit an act. Besides, not many people will agree that since Jesus didn’t do it, neither should I.
This stops all of the pretense.
I mean, we are to be like Christ in every way? Right?
If this is so according to, Romans 8:29, and if we are to prove that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God, to yield our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service according to Romans 12:1, then we should be able, at least consider the fact that the Lord desires for sin to not have dominion over us according to Romans 6:12.
The majority of the time, we are always looking for a reason to “continue in sin that grace may abound” according to Romans 6:1. When we get to the place where we desire to please the Lord, we find ourselves looking for reasons to continue in righteousness so that grace may abound. We look to cut our hands and our eyes, we look to strive against sin even to the shedding of our own blood to stop sin.
No, put the Rambo knife down.
Jesus and the writer of Hebrews spoke of entering a place of radical cutting off of the instruments and members so that we would stop sinning.
Paul said, by the Spirit of God, “The body is not made for sexual immorality.”
The physical body was made to be indwelled by the Lord. The Lord desired to inhabit man and the body is not for fornication (pornea).
As long as we make provision to fulfill the desires of the flesh and mind, we will never break its cycle.
Millions of men and women throughout the world masturbate every day. For reasons that range from sexual perversion to fulfill lust, to releasing sexual tension is a major problem. It seems like marriage, which is the answer to stop masturbation is no longer the answer that man wants to accept. Additionally, self control, a fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22, is cast to the side.
The parable of the sower is the most powerful parable that Jesus ever spoke. In that parable is the answer to handle the problems we face in life. It also serves as the gauge or measuring tool to locate where you are in your relationship with the Lord. Producing fruit is the thing that most concerns the Father. Galatians 5:22. John 15:1-5 confirms this and Jesus further confirms this when He said that we are known by our fruit.
Man will stand in four places. Good ground, wayside, stoney ground, and thorny ground.
The last ground, thorny ground speaks of people that are trapped in cares, riches, and pleasures of life.
The pleasures of this life come with a price. If we are unable to cast aside the pleasures of this life, we may never be free. But thank God your failure is not final. While there is still time, you can enjoy freedom in Christ from the powerful urge to masturbate. You can return to experience a healthy sexual life with your wife or husband if you are married.
Most importantly, you can be restored in your relationship with the Lord in righteousness and true holiness, laying aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset you, to lay aside every filthiness and overflow of wickedness, to cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hopelessness is coming to an end for you. New life in Christ is at hand for you.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Paul shared these words in Romans chapter one. These powerful words indicate that he may or may not have been tempted to be quiet or to be ashamed about the power of God exhibited in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A boldness came over him because he remembered what happened to him on the road to Damascus.
The Light that was brighter than the noon day sun shown around him. This Light was Jesus.
John, the apostle of the Lamb reminded us about this Light in chapter one of the gospel of John. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John also quoted Jesus saying, “I am the Light of the world.” John reminded us again about the Light in his first general epistle, “that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
John reminds us of the Light in Revelation chapter one when John said, “”and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength,” and finally in Revelation chapter 22, “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there; They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
Paul remembered this experienced because he observed the darkness coming upon the whole earth.
Sometimes shame can cause a person to back down, however, Paul chose not to back down but to stand firm.
Paul remembered on that road these words,
“to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those that are sanctified by faith in Me.”
After all, this is about bring many people from the place of darkness and the only thing that could do it is the light of the glorious gospel.
This country, the United States of America is in darkness because the church allowed darkness to enter their hearts. The place where the darkness entered is the media. All perversion of the devil is broadcast in some form, by way of our TV’s. It’s destructive power influences like no other. When people desire darkness, it is now broadcast to our phones and other devices. We can view anything and not have to wait until we arrive at home to view it.
Today, brother Milton Charles Barnes shared a message by Dr. Myles Monroe about a leadership conference evidently held in the Bahamas, at his local church on a message “Transforming Society.”
Being agents of change. If you are ready to be an agent of change, click the link below, but if you need an example of an agent of change, wait till you click the link at the end of this blog.
Here is the link to that message.
This message underscores the reason why the American church is under the spell and influence of LGBT.
The world and some segments of the church is hypnotized and under great spell of the seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.
I’ve often wondered why we are ineffective as a church and it is found in the media. We are so drunk with the world that we can’t hear the Word of God. When the truth is spoken, there is considerable resistance to the known will of God. We don’t stand a chance to operate in the power of God on the level of the early church because they didn’t have these distractions. We are so engulfed with the affairs of the world that we are the most ineffective bunch of Christians the world has ever seen.
Even in Prevailing Word Ministries, the work the Lord led me to start, we are seeing major changes but we are also seeing major resistance against the power of the gospel inside and outside the local church. If the church would see that the damaging affects of TV is at the root of ineffective Christ like living, we would pull the plug on TV.
Little did we know that we would watch the erosion of morals. From “Ricky” and “Lucy” sleeping in separate beds when “I Love Lucy” was produced, to all forms of lewd acts on TV, and movie screens. What was once unacceptable is now normal. The church has moved from dictating morals by powerful preaching and living of the Word of God to inviting lewdness to come directly into the house of the Lord.
An example of this is found in GCMWatch’s recent blog
Click the link below to read about lewdness in the church.
But it doesn’t matter. We cannot back down now. We have to push the Word of God regardless of the hour we are in. Regardless of the enemies arrayed against us. The comfort zone of the child of God is no longer safe. The persecution is here. We cannot retreat into the house of the Lord. We must advance the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ no matter what.
We cannot back down now.
As hurt as most people will be, I cannot back down from preaching the purest form of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I don’t care what is lost except that I can’t do without truth. Truth must not be lost. We can’t be afraid to tell people inside and outside the church the truth of the gospel. The moment we are afraid to lose is a moment that we lose it all. God is about truth and if people cannot accept the truth, then the church is not the pillar and the ground of truth.
Sexual immorality has decimated the church. Preachers and believers are so drunk with sex that we do not know what it means to be intimate with the Lord. We are not paying attention to what is happening outside and inside the church. We have permitted lewdness to have free course. We bring in the sin only to let sin off the hook instead of killing it. Now mind you, Jesus was our propitiation. He became the appeasing sacrifice so that we can be free of the power and guilt of sin.
If we lose this element of truth in the church, then sin will reign without prohibition.
If the church fails to preach against sin and provide the love of the Father as the only way out of sin, we are no better than a strip joint. The church has become a strip joint where perversion is permitted without question. The church has become a whore house where the Lord had to depart because for Him to stay, no one would survive His presence.
In the days ahead, we will see more persecution. I recently observed a video of a street preacher in Toronto, Canada, preaching under a tremendous anointing. And people were resistant to the power of the gospel. It is dark in Canada. The spirit of darkness has set up rule in Canada. So much so that a demon possessed man warned this young street preacher that he would unleash darkness over the whole face of the area.
At the conclusion of the video, the last video the demon’s promise was somewhat fulfilled. This young street preacher preached the gospel right in the middle of an LGBT parade, surrounded by LGBT people. The light came on and the devil, who was perhaps a ruler of the darkness of this world, personally came to check that light.
You can click to see this brother in action. Please be advised. Vulgar language is used, discretion is advised.
A special thanks to Sister Vanessa Olszen, a FB friend in the Lord for sharing this video with us.
But how many of you know that the darkness cannot comprehend the light?
This from of darkness is in the church. It is not attacking the church. It is not invading the church. This form of darkness is in the church. The only way to deal with this darkness is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, cast out devils that are in people in the streets, and lead people to Christ in the backyard of the devil.
At the same time, in our local assemblies, we cannot back down from preaching the pure unadulterated Word of God. This assignment that the Lord gave me is beyond me. However, His grace is sufficient for me. In some places, it may cost you your life. However, we must remember that the Lord gave His life for us. He paid a powerful penalty for our redemption.
We cannot back down now.
The temple of perversion was open for business and it was crowded. Every one that came, got served. No one left disappointed.
Just read Ezekiel 23. Especially the part about “whose issue is like the issue of horses.”
In this manner, the altar of sexual perversion was to the point that the “issue” ran like an overflowing river.
There was a time when the halftime shows during the Super Bowl would be college football marching bands. Even then, they had scantily clad woman twirling batons and color guards. Something like the movie Drumline. Things have changed for the worse. The Super Bowl halftime show pulled many born again believers to see what is going to happen. This big as day trap captured the imagination of the unsuspecting, though they weren”t unsuspecting.
With clear deliberate intent, they made up their minds to obey their real lord. The devil. Their love for the world is more than their love for God.
John, the apostle of the Lamb said this…..
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of the Father abides forever.”
There is no doubt in my mind that many men went away captured by the seduction of Beyonce.
Married women, your husband was captured by the eyelids of a seductress, right in front of you, and perhaps, you’ve done nothing to stop him. Besides, any man bent on watching that show will not even let God stop them.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-30….
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
Some brothers refused to do the radical thing and pluck the eye out. Look at what Hebrews 12:4 says…
“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”
This is speaking of doing something radical to prevent yourself from sinning.
How radical are you willing to go to keep yourself from hell?
Proverbs 6:23-25 says
“For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life, to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.”
EXMinistries was able to note the Twitter of people after the show and it is not surprising to see Marvin Sapp speak about the halftime show.
Click the link below to read the blog from EXMinistries, but be warned. The pictures you will see are sexually graphic and demonically inspired.
If you are not disciplined, you will be seduced.
When you see Marvin Sapp, the pastor/preacher singer that lost his wife a couple of years ago to colon cancer, applaud Beyonce, it was an act of mercy that his wife was in heaven.
But now she knows what kind of man of God he is.
Many preachers that will preach this Sunday, without question, bowed to this seductress and paid obeisance.
PPV porn and self gratification.
Years ago, this would be my mode of operation. After being seduced, it would not be enough. The devils behind all of this used to lead me right to the place where most unbridled men go.
Porn and masturbation.
Since the grace of God cleaned me and destroyed porn and masturbation in my life, talking about this area on the Internet has been met with stiff resistance. Brothers do not like to be exposed. They believe that what they do in secret must be kept that way. At least that’s what some men that claim to be in Christ think. However, the Lord is cleaning up His Body and it starts with the men. You will be exposed. If a man hasn’t repented of this sin, exposure is just a matter of time.
I find that when exposure comes, it worse for a family. When a man Comes Clean about it, at least he can get help and get his marriage on track. However, before the marriage can get back on track, his relationship with the Lord must be restored. Adultery in the natural resulted from being unfaithful to God first. When your relationship with God is not right, the door to sin is wide open.
I believe that a clarion call from the Holy Spirit to avoid the Super Bowl was issued. Some heeded the warning while others went to the slaughter house. This Sunday for most places, it may be difficult to pray and preach through the lusts demons. Sitting at Jezebel’s table, they drank of her seduction and are drunk with her wine. It will be difficult to preach unless…..pastor, you fast and pray. That the Holy Spirit will give you the boldness to address the seduction and provide a place of recovery for brothers drunk with the wine of sexual seduction.
The preachers that preach about the power of Hip Hop and the Illuminati know that these things lead a man right to the Playboy, Spice, and Hustler channel. Little do men know that 15.99 pays for the enslaved sexual slave-master to imprison underage and adult women.
You are watching someone’s daughter, aunt, niece, or baby sister.
You are part of a worldwide conspiracy of human trafficking for the sex trade. You and formerly myself are responsible for someone’s daughter being kidnapped. Our purchase of porn gave them gas money to drive around for the next victim. Our purchase of porn made it possible to watch men and women contract STD’s. Our purchasing of porn makes it possible for underage girls that prostitute themselves get an abortion should they become pregnant.
We are coconspirators of the greatest crime of slavery the world has ever known.
Watching Beyonce is part of it, and you know it.
They know that it is there that the bed of sexual immorality is full of lust and illicit passion. The male mind is obsessed with having Beyonce but the Lord is still the Deliverer.
Sexual pulpit predators feed on this stuff all the time and many people in church do the same. The young ladies that watched the halftime show are being schooled in the power of femininity. Couple that with demon power and the desire to have power over a man is fully set within them. In one Twitter statement, a young daughter asked her mother to take her to a Beyonce concert. No doubt for the purpose of grooming her for seductive roles in the future.
Young unsuspecting brothers do not know what awaits them, but they do know because they want to be seduced like that.
Little do they know that to yield to Delilah like Samson did is a death trap where everything that you own will be owned by the seductress. During my studies of Sexual Addiction, I noted the fact that there are women out there that desire to connect with men, so they will use their feminine powers of seduction to connect with men. Then there are women that do not like men at all, but they love to exercise their feminine power to rule men.
Proverbs 7:1-5 says,
“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, You are my sister, and call understanding your nearest kin, that they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words.”
The book of Proverbs is a book for males on the conduct of life. It constantly depicts the heart of the wise and the heart of fools. The first 7 chapters deal with sexual issues. This is the place where males will fail miserably for not taking heed to the wisdom of Solomon who, evidently himself, ignored God’s own wisdom.
In the end, Solomon sexually had 1000 women or more. He loved woman. However, these women turned his heart away from God.
The wrong woman will lead you away from God.
The right woman will always have the Lord in mind in everything that she does. To lead a man away from God is selfish and demonic.
Watch this. These proverbs are like the heavenly Father teaching His son in Christ.
Hear the Word of the Lord, my brother…..
“My son, keep My words, treasure My commands within you. Keep My commands and live…..
Can you hear the Father speaking to you? God desires to keep you from the immoral woman and from the seductress who flatters with her words. You see the seductress will use all sorts of womanly words to get you to do what she says. At times, the immoral woman will just let you sexually have her so she could get what she wants from you, even if it costs you your relationship with God.
The desire of the seductress is for her to be worshipped and obeyed. Sex is the tool that she uses to get you to yield to her will. This is demonic and perverse. That’s why the fruit of the Spirit called “self control” must be used at all times. Even in certain marriages, women that are not really after the Lord will use her femininity to dominate her husband. That’s why you are called to lead and to be disciplined.
The desire to be pure is the issue of the day. The thing that the devil fights the most is people that decide to ignore his tempting power. Those that would not yield to his plan of seduction in the earth are definitely targeted.
One person said,
“A holy man is an awesome weapon in the hands of the Holy God!”
Holiness is not just the desire to never do unrighteousness but it is the epitome of relating with God on His level.
When you have perfect hatred for sin and everything that is against the Lord, your eyes will remain disciplined. When you have complete utter disdain for the works of darkness, you will do everything possible to stay in the light as He is in the light. When you treasure His Word above that of a seducer, you will become His treasure.
Those of you that claim to be holy and you chose to watch the halftime show, the Lord is grieved, but He still loves you. For those that took it to the next level and watched PPV porn, and masturbated, God was grieved, but He still loves you. For you women that may be immoral and use your femininity to seduce men, the Lord is grieved, but He still loves you.
Repentance is the only way to make it right. His righteousness is the only way to make it right. To be separate from the world and to hate everything, every work of the devil, is the only way to make it right. To ask for forgiveness and receive cleansing by the blood of Jesus is the only way to make it right. To abstain and never return to the pit of Secret Sexual Sins is the only way to make it right, and to keep it right.
Should the Lord tarry. When the Super Bowl comes on again, will you abstain to please the Lord, or will you bow your knee to porn and masturbation in the temple of perversion?