Pornography is a serious problem for the Body of Christ, as in society at large. Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 (“whoever looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart”). However, too often it is a problem that no one wants to openly discuss and deal with in the church. On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, the message at the Los Angeles ACLC prayer breakfast at Christian Light MBC brought everyone present into unity with a timely message central to Christianity about this growing social problem.
The keynote speakers were Los Angeles Family Church youth pastors, Michael and Sarah Holmes. After having attended the High Noon Summit 2017 from April 7th to April 9th at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas, they expressed that they feel called to take a stand against the issue of pornography. It is an issue that is seriously impacting many individuals, couples, and families in the US and around the world. The theme of the summit they attended in Las Vegas was “Creating a Culture of Sexual Integrity”.
Michael and Sarah shared from their hearts information and insights they heard from an impressive array of guest speakers at the summit, which included Mike Leahy from Braveheart Mentoring Solutions for Sexual Integrity, Sam Black from Covenant Eyes, Dawn Hawkins from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Clay Olsen from Fight the New Drug.
Michael emphasized the heightened danger of the technological age we live in where porn is easily accessible on smart phones, Facebook, Snapchat, computers, TV, etc. At the end of his talk, he handed out a valuable fact sheet with resources and real solutions for clergy when dealing with pornography and the family conflict surrounding it.
Sarah testified to the strength of standing daily on the word of God; developing a real relationship with a God of love that leaves no shadow; a life at “High Noon” where you have nothing to hide from God or others.
Rev. Mark Tengan, Los Angeles ACLC Co-Chair emphasized the importance of having an accountability partner when struggling to overcome pornography. An accountability partner or mentor is someone you can trust, who will help you stay on track and guide your journey away from porn and toward healthy sexuality. Pornography becomes an addiction and can totally undermine an individual’s relationship with God and one’s self-worth, leading to a serious destruction and breakdown of trust in the family and with others.
After their constructive sharing and hopeful message, Michael and Sarah Holmes both received Ambassador for Peace appointments along with Suh Mabo, a member of the LA Family Church Choir who is also always ready to volunteer and be of service to the community.
In conclusion, Pastor Godfrey Waswa from the New Destiny Christian Center, called on the Holy Spirit in heartfelt prayer to lead us in redemption and the defeat of the enemy and the demonic influence that pornography has over individuals, our families and our entire society.
In an amazingly profound way, as the prayer breakfast progressed and as we confronted this difficult issue head-on, a divine presence of happiness, peace, tranquility, and resolution was in the atmosphere.
Dr. Nicholas Benson
Los Angeles ACLC Co-Chair/ Senior Pastor of First Summit Evangelical Church
The prayer breakfast was a beautiful event and well attended. The High Noon event had a tremendous effect on people and it was so refreshing to hear the young couple speak on integrity. It is important that we reach more clergy and more young people can hear this message!
Bishop & First Lady Peggy Briggs
Christian Light MBC
We were so happy to host this event because it was about a subject that really needs to be discussed! I truly enjoyed the young married couple and how they spoke on a marriage centered on God’s love and not the world’s standard of love. We need to reach more young people to hear this important information. We would love to host another event in the future.
Rev. Grover Durham
Good Citizen Deeds Foundation
I was blessed tremendously at the ACLC Prayer Breakfast. The fellowship was awesome! I was very excited to hear the youth speakers explain how they are listening to God and allowing God to lead them as they teach on sexuality. It is a touchy subject that we need to bring to light in order to get us back to God’s original plan for us.
Report submitted by Susan Munsell, Los Angeles ACLC Co-Chair