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now introducing: a gut-punch to foolish men

***Warning: the contents of this post are NOT for the weak of heart!


Over the past month or so, Mark Driscoll and the folks over at Resurgence have been releasing a new resource for men.  Every few days they have been posting a new chapter of “Porn Again Christian: A Frank Discussion on Pornography and Masturbation” on the Resurgence website.

They have yet to release the concluding chapter of the pamphlet, but seeing as I recently read through all that has been released up to this point (the equivalent of roughly 60 printed pages), I decided to go ahead and help get the word out on this intense resource.

Intense may be too soft of a word – after all, I started this post with a warning for a reason.

Porn Again Christian” is as hard hitting of a treatment of the reality of lust, pornography, masturbation, adultery, and prostitution as I have ever encountered – excepting, perhaps, the Bible itself.

The reason that this pamphlet is so incredibly shocking is because it is so incredibly biblical in its content and its tone.  And also because it is written very specifically, honestly, and explicitly for men.  The language, which will push the edges of what is ‘proper’ in the minds of some readers, does not hold anything back.  Driscoll, and I believe rightly so, is firmly convinced that “we must refuse to speak in sanitized clinical euphemisms like calling adulteries ‘affairs,’ fornication ‘dating,’ and perverts ‘partners’ because God uses frank words for deplorable sin so we will feel its sickness without anesthesia” (ch.1).

This pamphlet is not for the weak of heart.   It is not for the man who wants a pat on the back and a grandfatherly “its gonna be okay, son; keep your head up.”  It is not for a man who is squeamish.  It is not for a man who is not ready to receive a strong rebuke from scripture and be confronted with the truthful vileness of their own sin.

This pamphlet may not be something you can handle if you have never heard the word “masturbation” said out loud.  It may not be for you if you think that Song of Solomon is merely poetry, and not an incredibly sensual love-drama revealed by God, in part, so that his people have sexually satisfying marriages.  It may be too intense for you if you were home-schooled or your father never had “the talk” with you.

Here’s a little context that may help you to judge whether or not it would be wise for you to read this pamphlet on your own, without a godly older man to talk through it with you:  

Mark Driscoll pastors Mars Hill Church in Seattle (not to be confused with Rob Bell’s church in Grand Rapids).  Seattle is a city that, statistically, has more dogs than children and smaller percentage of Jesus-following Christians than mainland China.  

Every year, the city hosts a contest for “amateur” porn movies in which local porn made specifically for the film festival is rewarded with prize money for the “best” film.  

How does the audience who gathers to vote for the winner(s) know if the film was made for the festival?  From the website:

A jury of local sex experts, sex-positive film critics, and sex-obsessed porn fans select HUMP! entries for inclusion in the festival. We look for hotness and humor-films don’t have to be slick, just hot and/or funny-and entries that are made especially for HUMP! are likelier to make the cut. To prove that you made your film just for HUMP!, include one or more of these props and/or locations in your HUMP! submission:

-Mars Hill Church (exterior shot, interior shot, or actual pastor)

If you listen to the end of Mark Driscoll’s message “How Sharp the Edge? Christ, Controversy, and Cutting Words” at this year’s Desiring God Conference, you will hear that must of the summer at Mars Hill was spent chasing amateur porn makers out of church bathrooms, off the church property, and worrying about people editing Driscoll’s sermon audio and video for inclusion in pornographic movies.

Seattle is a place where the people live on the edge and embrace all manner of perversities.  Seattle is the city that Mark Driscoll loves, where he planted his church, and where he plans on preaching the gospel for the rest of your life.

Maybe this is a good way to judge yourself and see if you are ready to read this book.  If the idea of living in a city like Seattle and sharing the gospel with people who just got kicked out of a church for having sex in the bathroom is too much for you to handle, you might not be ready for “Porn Again Christian“.

If you are, be ready to cringe with conviction, weep for the women you have misused and abused, and Lord willing repent and believe the gospel – it is good news for your lust-filled heart.

  1. Valentine
    November 8, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Sorry but this leaves me with the thought of returning to the bad old days of a religious Spanish Inquisition style of life. I would hardly call it a ‘resource’ for men.

    It poorly attempts to physcoanalyse masturbation, and as usual with most man made interpretations of what God desires for his flock, missess the point completely.

    To err is human to forgive divine

  2. leewilson7170
    November 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for the clever comment that succeeds in making vague allusions but really contains no substantive argument or information.

    Try again?

  3. Valentine
    November 9, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for your email, I will elaborate, although now is not the best time.

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