Tuesday

Pastors and Sexual Addiction

When I was in the Masters of Religion, Spiritual Formation program at Northwest Nazarene University, we studied the problem of clergy and pornography. After we were done, I posted my paper to this blog without really thinking about it. To my surprise, it has proven to be one of the most consistently clicked links since I put it up in 2008. You can read it here.

If you read the comments, one person asked for more information. At the time I didn't have any, but resources are available if you look. For the last few years, this subject was probably not going to be on the best-sellers list at your local Christian bookstore, if the information was offered at all.

That may have changed though. Last week, the website Patheos published five articles about T.C. Ryan who wrote Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction.

You can find the articles here:

Ashamed No More

I thought the article on Healing Sexual Addiction: Seven Things the Church Must Do, very well done.

So, take a look. The information will be enlightening, I'm sure. Many of us tend to look up to our pastors for strength in difficult times, wisdom to grow and for a moral example so much that we forget that they are real human beings who may have extreme difficulties. A lot of pastors do not have a support system available to them for help. I hope that with this book that will change for many.