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Pure Life Ministries
Purity for Life is the bi-weekly podcast from Pure Life Ministries. Our show will take you where real life meets real Christianity as we tackle the tough issues for those struggling with sexual sin.
3 days ago
#397 - World of Lies: A Concealed Threat
Our newest series, World of Lies, will examine the growing deception of these last days and the threat this is to the body of Christ. Today we tackle the unexpected danger that threatens a person who is constantly bombarded with lies, which often grows quietly to slowly erode our lives in God. We look at how our culture is sewing this into us. And, our director of counseling, Ed Buch, joins us as well, to talk about how this concealed threat is a common problem for the man stuck in sexual sin.
Aug 3, 2020
#328 (REPLAY) - How to Help People in Sexual Sin: A Roundtable for Leaders
In this extended discussion, three of our Residential Program counselors, explore the inner life of the sexual addict. Throughout the episode, the panel unpacks three of the fundamental issues that contribute to the overall problem of addiction. This in-depth conversation is designed to help pastors, counselors, and other church leaders by providing clear direction about how to effectively counsel people who are struggling. This is a follow-up from episode #326: A Leader’s Guide for Those in Sexual Sin.
Jul 27, 2020
#396 - Shawn and Susan's Story of Hope: A Broken Marriage Restored
Shawn grew up in a decent Christian home. But his teenage life was marked by rebellion, pride, and sexual sin. In college, he had dropped the Christian façade completely—unless it got him something he wanted. So when he met Susan, he used that Christian mask to win her heart. They got married, and things went alright for a while, until his double life was exposed. But God was faithful. Through Pure Life, God worked in their hearts during the most difficult period of their lives. Today they not only have a joyful marriage, but a passionate love for Jesus.
Jul 20, 2020
#395 - Hypocrites Go to Church Too
Anyone who has been in sexual sin for a long time, has had to keep their private lives covered with a lot of lies. They have lied to their families and friends. They have lied to their churches, pretending that everything is okay with them spiritually. They also lie to themselves, saying that God understands, that the rules don’t apply to them. But the worst lie they have told is to Jesus. They say they love him and are following him, but they refuse to follow His commands. In this episode, we discuss the false religion that tempts all of us.
Jul 13, 2020
#394 - Breaking Free from the Trap of Self-Pity
It’s easy to get discouraged if you’ve been stuck in sexual sin a long time. You may really want to stop, but you’ve tried everything you can think of to get free and yet, nothing works. Maybe you’re thinking, “This is hopeless. I’ll never be free.” If you’ve been thinking along these lines, you’ve fallen prey to self-pity, just another one of Satan’s schemes to keep people away from true repentance, faith and salvation. It’s an easy trap to fall into. In this episode, we look at how to know if you’re in self-pity, how to avoid it, and how to get out of it.
Jul 6, 2020
#393 - Is Purity all that Matters in Christian Dating
Dating in America is almost exclusively driven by an obsession with personal happiness and getting what we want. It’s clear that these ideas do not line up with Scripture. As Christians, we must be radically different from the world when we approach romantic relationships. Obviously, we must abstain from sex before marriage, but it goes much deeper than that. Today we look at how Christians should seek, not only to find a good spouse, but to please God in this whole process, so that their relationships honor God and reveal that He is trustworthy in all things.
Jun 29, 2020
#392 - Navigating Painful Emotions in a Crisis
Being betrayed by someone you love brings indescribable pain. When David was betrayed, he cried out, “Fear and trembling grip me. Horror has overwhelmed me.” The betrayed wife knows these emotions well and Kathy Gallagher has been there herself. She has used that experience to minister to thousands of wives, so that rather than being destroyed by pain, they are drawn closer to the Savior and Lover of their souls. In this week’s episode, Kathy helps us understand how to deal with painful emotions biblically, and how to allow God to have His rightful place in our hearts.
Jun 22, 2020
#391 - Leading Your Child Out of the Devil's Playground
When a Christian parent finds out that their child has been looking at pornography, they are often thrown into a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions. Where did we go wrong? Why would my child do such a thing? How will we ever recover from this? If the Lord has allowed you as a parent to discover your child viewing porn, don’t despair. There are clear answers to your questions, and there is a path forward. There are basic spiritual principles that will help you find the right mindset to guide your child into victory in the battle for sexual purity.
Jun 15, 2020
#390 - The Cross Will Demand You Lay Your Life Down
Jesus taught that anyone who would save his life must first lose it, and He demonstrated this by laying His own life down at Calvary. But today, the gospel being preached looks very different, promising life to everyone without requiring them to follow Jesus’ example. This false gospel wants the resurrection, but no Cross. So, many in the church are unaware of what it really means to follow Jesus example. They are still the master of their own lives and bear no resemblance to Christ.
Jun 8, 2020
#389 - The Cross Will Demand You See Your Sin
The Bible says, “The Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” Could it be that multitudes of professing Christians are trapped in sexual sin because they have rejected The Message of the Cross, and thus have been denied its power? Today we continue to discuss The Message of the Cross, and why it is so important to realize the depth of our sinful condition before a holy God. Without it, we are devoid of strength to turn from our sins, strangers to the true power of God.
Jun 1, 2020
#388 - The Cross Will Demand the Death of Your Self-Life
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” This is The Message of the Cross, and it stands against the message of our culture which teaches us to pursue what we want, when we want it, how we want it. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus must be willing to die to this self-centered mindset. But amazingly, as we surrender to the way of the Cross, we are deeply transformed. Today we look at how The Message of the Cross demands the death of our self-lives.
May 25, 2020
#387 - Have You Abandoned God to Pursue Pleasure
Most church leaders today would condemn pornography use as wrong, but are they also warning their churches about entertainment? And they would show great concern if a church member spent their time and money pursuing drugs and sex, but what if they were just obsessed with being happy? In this episode we look at the spiritual danger of spending your life pursuing pleasure. Our 30 plus years of ministry, have revealed that the pursuit of pleasure, comfort and happiness leads many men into sexual sin. But we’ve also seen that when the lust for pleasure is overcome, sexual sin’s hold will be broken.
May 18, 2020
#386 - The Power of the Spirit is the Death of Sexual Sin
The Apostle Paul said that the mind set on The Spirit is life and peace, but the mind set on the flesh is death. Sexual sin is not a disease - it is the fruit of a mind set on the flesh. But there is hope, because Paul gave us a solution: If by The Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. But how do we actually do this? In this episode we'll look at what it really means to set our minds on The Spirit so that our heart and lives will change.
May 11, 2020
#385 - The Right Way to Give Up
Being needy is not a popular idea today. Our culture values self-confidence, self-reliance and self-satisfaction. Unfortunately, these values often put on a religious mask and sneak into the church in the form of religious pride. This pride deceives many people into believing the best about themselves, even those who are enslaved to sexual sin. Today we’re going to look at how important it is to grasp our true condition before God. We’ll also explore why our attempts to be good in our own strength often prevent us from experiencing the abundant life promised to us in Jesus.
May 4, 2020
#384 - The Separated Life
The Bible is full of people that were called to be holy and to separate from the world around them. The author of Hebrews even declares that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Clearly God is calling us to leave our love for this world to draw near to Him. In this episode, preacher, author, and Pure Life graduate Dustin Renz looks at this vital subject and asks this question: what is hindering us from a deeper walk with God?
Apr 27, 2020
#383 - God's Unshakable Kingdom
In difficult and uncertain times it’s natural to run to something or someone for security—to try to avoid uncomfortable circumstances. But the Bible tells us that trials are a gift from God and that they will bring about good in our lives if we learn to put our hope in something unshakable. In this episode of Purity for Life, Kathy Gallagher challenges us to let go of earthly distractions and to gain an eternal perspective.
Apr 20, 2020
#382 - Hold Fast to the Word of God
The Word of God has been under attack for millennia. Many godly men went so far as to spill their own blood so that we could hear God’s Word for ourselves. But in modern times the attack against the Word of God is far more subtle and insidious. The opponents of God’s Word aren’t burning Bibles here in America, but they are discrediting it, obstructing it, minimizing it and perverting it. This is leaving millions of people wide open to every kind of deception. In this episode, pastor David Ravenhill exhorts us to develop a deeper relationship with the Word of God so that we will be able to discern what is true and what is dangerous to our souls.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 13, 2020
#381 - A Lifestyle of Obedience is a Lifestyle of Blessing
We all know the physical principle of cause and effect. Our natural actions on earth always have a natural result. But we often forget that this applies to spiritual things as well. We think of obedience to God in terms of a list of rules…do’s and don’t’s, failing to remember that when God tells us to obey Him, He’s inviting us into a life where we reap a wonderful spiritual harvest. In this episode we are going to talk about "A Lifestyle of Obedience is a Lifestyle of Blessing."
Apr 6, 2020
#380 - Faith is the Victory Over Sexual Addiction
Faith is such an integral part of Christianity that it is often referred to as "The Christian Faith." Faith is the subject of sermons, songs and movies and is featured on artwork, decorations and even clothing. But for the Christian who has been bound by sexual sin for years, it can be difficult to really have faith in what the Bible says about freedom. Why? Because their experience seems to contrary to faith. Today, we are going to look at why faith is the Victory over Sexual addiction.
Mar 30, 2020
#379 - Failure is Not Defeat in Your Battle with Sexual Sin
The fight for freedom from sexual sin is often a long, drawn out battle. Failures along the way are so common that nearly every one has asked themselves, "Why does it have to be this way? Why doesn’t God snap his fingers and make me holy? Why do I have to go through the pain of trying and failing numerous times before I finally start to achieve victory? How do I respond if I fall back into sin?" These are all common questions, and ones we will address on this episode of Purity for Life!
Mar 23, 2020
#378 - The Spirit of the World Wants to Seduce You
One of the greatest dangers to Christians in modern America is worldliness. And yet, in this day and age, if a sincere pastor declares that God requires His people to live holy and separated lives, his words are often dismissed as legalistic, or worse, as an attack on the grace of God. But the Word of God tells us that if we are a friend of the world, we make ourselves enemies of God. The biblical call to holiness must not be dismissed, but properly understood and then lived out.
Mar 16, 2020
#377 - Temptation is a Winnable Battle
How many times have you promised yourself, “I will never do that again!” but soon found that you were doing it all over again? If that cycle continues long enough, you may start believing that you cannot possibly stand against these powerful temptations. That’s what Steve Gallagher used to think, until he learned how to win the battle against temptation. In this episode we continue to share with you the truths found in our YouTube Series, “20 Truths that Helped Me in My Battle with Porn Addiction.” Today’s topic? “Temptation is a Winnable Battle.”
Mar 9, 2020
#376 - To Win the Battle of Temptation You Must Have a Prayer Life
For the man struggling to be free from sexual sin, the world around us is a difficult place to be. Billboards, television, magazines and the internet barrage us with images that draw the eye and entice the heart. If a man is used to caving into these temptations, how can he find the strength to resist the allure and keep a pure heart and mind? As we talked about in our last episode, Scripture plays a huge part in this, but there is another vital part to living in freedom. This week, we will look at how time spent in prayer transforms us into the image of Christ and gives us the strength we need—his strength—to resist temptation. To win the Battle of Temptation, You Must Have a Prayer Life.
Mar 2, 2020
#375 - Scripture Will Restructure a Pornographic Mindset
When a man determines to be free from pornography, one of the things he is immediately confronted with is how much his mind has been polluted by porn’s filthiness. Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active and full of power...” We here at Pure Life Ministries place a huge emphasis on having a daily, vibrant relationship with the Bible because we have experienced its effect in our own lives and have watched it work wonders in the lives of the men we counsel. Today we are looking at how Scripture will restructure a pornographic mindset.
Feb 24, 2020
#374 -A Hedonistic Lifestyle Opens the Door for an Addiction to Pornography
Hedonism is the mindset of one who only wants to pursue pleasure and avoid discipline, hard work and pain. We see this in the American culture that wants to escape into drugs, alcohol, porn, entertainment, and sports. Much of today's church is more about entertainment than enlightenment, more about pleasing me than honoring Jesus.
Feb 17, 2020
#373 - Repentance Must Become an Integral Part of a New Lifestyle
For all that the Bible has to say about repentance, you would think that most Christians would understand it, that preachers would preach about it, and that we would all practice it. Yet repenance remains a forgotten theme in much of the church. Yet the Bible remains clear that repentance must continually be a part of every Christian's walk with God.
Feb 10, 2020
#372 - A Form of Godliness Does Not Have the Power to Deliver from Sin
There are many so-called Christians who have an outward display of piety but no real inward relationship with God. Like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, they were keepers of the religious rules, but had no power to overcome inward sin. As we continue through "The 20 Truths Series," Steve Gallagher shows us that a form of godliness does not have the power to deliver from sin.
Feb 3, 2020
#371 - The Root of Sexual Addiction Probably Isn't What You Think It Is
Many people are surprised to learn that there is an issue behind the behavior of sexual sin that is far more serious than the sin itself. It is a huge problem. We examine the issue of the self-life, because the root of sexual addiction probably isn't what you think it is.
Jan 27, 2020
#370 - The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
The "Fear of the Lord" is widely misunderstood and all but ignored in much of the Church today, and yet the fear of the Lord was a driving force in Steve Gallagher's life as he came out of addiction to pornography. This is a pertinent and powerful message for the Church today.
Jan 20, 2020
#369 - Lust Begins in the Heart
In this episode we examine the Biblical teaching about the heart, which Scripture regards as the core of the human soul. While we have a heart that is fallen and evil, the salvation that is ours in Christ can give us a new heart. In his segment from the 20 Truths series, Steve Gallagher discusses the truth that Lust Begins in the Heart.
Jan 13, 2020
#368 - Behind Sexual Sin Lies the Pleasure Hormone
There is a physiological aspect to all addiction. We get addicted to things that at first are very pleasurable. The hormone released in the brain that causes us to feel pleasure can be quite intense, but diminishes in intensity over time. So we keep repeating the behavior, seeking the high, but with diminishing return. This is the nature of addiction. Steve Gallagher teaches us that Behind Sexual Addiction Lies the Pleasure Hormone.
Jan 6, 2020
#367 - Sexual Sin is the Epitome of Insanity
In this episode we look that the psychology of sexual addiction, what the experts say, and that the Bible says about sexual sin. There is a surprising agreement, that sexual sin is the epitome of insanity. We also talk to a counselor about how he deals with men who have been heavily psychologized.
Dec 30, 2019
#366 -Go Near the House of Prostitution and You Will Get Burnt
In Proverbs 7 King Solomon warned his sons to beware of going near the house of the prostitute. He was telling them to stay away from the place where foolish boys wander into temporary pleasure and eventual destruction. Steve Gallagher teaches this valuable truth to today's sex addicts.
Dec 23, 2019
#365 - A Christmas Podcast
In this Christmas episode, the staff at Pure Life tell the Christmas story from Scripture, and give testimony of the work of Christ in their lives. Host Jim Lewis shares a Christmas devotion from John chapter 1.
Dec 16, 2019
#364 - Sexual Sin Comes With a Price
Sexual Sin comes with a price. Steve Gallagher continues to teach us the 20 Truths that Helped Me In My Battle With Porn Addiction. We deal not only with the high cost of sin in relationships, finances and separation from God, but we also share the hope for restoration that is found in the Cross.
Dec 9, 2019
#363 -Sexual Sin is a Liar
Sexual Sin is a Liar. That’s the plain truth of it. It makes promises it cannot keep and will let you down and disappoint every time. Today we are beginning a new series based on a series of teachings by Steve Gallagher called 20 Truths that Helped Me In My Battle With Porn Addiction. One of these insightful, biblical teachings will be featured as a segment in each new episode. This first segment is about the lies and deception that are all a part of sexual sin.
Dec 2, 2019
#362 - One Woman's Submission to the Lordship of Christ
In today's episode we interview April Cassidy, a Christian and author of The Peaceful Wife. She describes for us her journey from being a very disappointed and unhappy wife to being someone who is joyful, peaceful and fulfilled. She discovered that the source of her discontent was her own disobedience to God, and that when she began to repent and put into practice the teaching of Scripture concerning her own life in Christ, that made all the difference in her marriage as well.
Nov 25, 2019
#361 - What Role Does Grace Play in Freedom from Porn?
As we conclude our current series, we ask the question, "What Role Does Grace Play in Freedom from Porn? Here is a message from PLM founder Steve Gallagher as he explores the power of God's grace, not just to provide forgiveness for our sins when we repent, but to enables to Christian to say no to sin and live upright and godly lives.
Nov 18, 2019
#360 - What Role Does Mercy Play in Freedom from Porn?
In this episode we look at the biblical teaching about the mercy of God. We see that God bestows great mercy on the repentant sinner, but it is also the responsibility of the recipient of mercy to be merciful towards others. Our Biblical Counselors discuss the transforming work God does in men's lives are they learn to be givers of mercy, and how that sets a man free from his sin.
Nov 11, 2019
#359 - What Role Does Consecration Play in Freedom from Porn?
In this installment in our current series, we look at the role of consecration in men gaining freedom from habitual sexual sin. Glenn Meldrum defines the term, describes where it appears in Scripture, and then makes application for men who need help. He shows how a life of surrender and dedication makes all the difference in a man getting free.
Nov 4, 2019
#358 -What Role Does Sanctification Play in Freedom from Porn?
As we continue our current series,we discuss the two sides of the work of sanctification: the part only God can do, and our part in cooperating with His work in our lives. We hear an impassioned plea for men to transition from living a life dedicated to pleasure to living a life dedicated to God, and a graduate shares his testimony of God's sanctifying work in his life.
Oct 28, 2019
#357 - What Role Does Worship Play in Freedom from Porn?
In part 5 of our current series, we example the biblical foundation for worship and the Lord's desire that we worship Him. We explain how we do worship at Pure Life Ministries, and discuss how God uses worship to transform men's lives and set them free from sin.
Oct 21, 2019
#356 - What Role Does Deliverance Play in Freedom from Porn?
In part 4 of our current series, we look at the role deliverance plays in gaining freedom from porn. We discuss various aspects of our war against the Enemy, and his various strategies to defeat us. We see that God wants to deliver us, but He is after so much more than just our sexual sin. He wants our whole lives.
Oct 14, 2019
#355 - What Role Does Repentance Play in Freedom from Porn?
In part 3 of our current series, we look at the role repentance plays in gaining freedom from porn. Here we examine the biblical teaching on repentance, and discuss how deep real repentance must go in order for a person to gain real victory. We see that repentance is not a one-time event, but an ongoing life-long process.
Oct 7, 2019
#354 - What Role Does Brokenness Play in Freedom from Porn?
In part 2 of our current series, we answer the question, "What Role Does Brokenness Play in Freedom from Porn?" We look at brokenness from a biblical perspective, understand how God uses it, and hear testimony of how brokenness is on the path that leads to freedom and life.
Sep 30, 2019
#353 - What Role Does Faith Play in Freedom from Porn?
Beginning this week and for several more to come, we will examine the key elements that lead to victorious Christian living and freedom from sexual sin. We will be asking questions like “what role does repentance play in freedom from pornography?” What part does deliverance play? What about worship? Where does obedience fit in? Today we ask the question, “What Role Does Faith Play in Freedom from Porn?”
Sep 23, 2019
#352 - Should I Marry a Man Who Is Struggling with Porn?
We see it all too often. And we see it from both sides. There is the man who is struggling with sexual sin, with his addiction to pornography, but he thinks, “My problem will all go away when I get married.” Then there is the young woman who knows of her fiancé’s struggles, but she marries him anyway, thinking the same thing: “Marriage will fix him.” Today we answer the question “Should I Marry a Man Struggling with Porn?”
Sep 16, 2019
#351 - Why Should a Wife Fight for Her Marriage?
When a Christian woman discovers that her husband is addicted to pornography, and has been lying to her for years, the word devastated doesn’t come close to describing how she feels. We want to suggest that there is good cause for her to get on her knees and begin to fight for her husband’s soul. Today we’re asking the question, “Why Should a Wife Fight for Her Marriage?”
Sep 9, 2019
#350 - The Church Addicted: When Leaders are Compromised
Nearly every Christian can name half a dozen ministry leaders of evangelical churches who have fallen due to sexual sin. How does this happen to men of God who are leaders in the church? In this final installment in our series The Church Addicted, we'll look at the role of the leader, and ask what happens when a leader is compromised by sexual sin.
Sep 2, 2019
#349 - The Church Addicted: There is No Fear of God Before their Eyes
The psalmist David declared of the wicked that "there is no fear of God before their eyes." The apostle Paul echoed this claim in his letter to the Romans. What about today? Well, one thing is for sure: Christians today are addicted to sexual sin in record numbers. In this episode of The Church Addicted we explore how a lack of the fear of God has contributed to an epidemic of sin in the Church.
1 hr 18 min