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Rasputin
09-08-2007, 02:18 AM
Let me say this right up front so there is no misunderstanding. The adult-entertainment industry DESTROYS LIVES! This is NOT harmless entertainment. Going to strip clubs is NOT a "fun evening out." Visiting X-rated bookstores is NOT a place you should be. Watching porn on your TV, computer, or looking at it in magazines IS a big deal! Visiting massage parlors, lingerie shops, calling escorts or picking up prostitutes will damage your life, even kill you! Swinging is NOT something any husband and wife should ever consider. My friend, the adult entertainment industry sells a perversion of God's beautiful gift of sex which was designed for a man and women in the bonds of marriage, PERIOD!

IT DESTROYS THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO WORK IN THE ADULT INDUSTRY AND IT DESTROYS THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO ARE THE CONSUMERS OF WHAT THE ADULT INDUSTRY PRODUCES!!!

The inverted "L" from Tampa, Florida east to Orlando, east to Daytona Beach, and then south through the Palm Beaches, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Key West has the highest concentration of adult establishments than any other place in the nation. Florida has long been known as the capital of strip clubs and adult entertainment businesses. I realize that every major metropolitan area has their fair share, but Florida boasts more of these adult entertainment establishments than any other place in the country.

During the nearly 4 years the TV program has been on, most of that time in Tampa and the State of Florida, I have been amazed at the number of women and some men who work in the adult industry who watch the program. They routinely call and email, usually at a place in their life where they want to leave this dark world that they realize is destroying their life. They become addicted to the fast money, they become addicted to drugs and alcohol, and they become addicted to the lifestyle. However, like in all addictions, they wake up one day and realize that they are trapped and don't know how to get out.

The vast majority of the time when this industry is discussed, it is dealing with those who work in these adult businesses. While I do want to address these women and men, I also want to address the other part of this industry that rarely gets looked at...the customers! There is a business side to the adult industry, and like any business, it can only exist if there are people wanting to buy what they are selling. I have no illusions since due to the depravity of man there will always be a demand for these types of businesses, but I also know that a big part of this industry that is never fully addressed are the men and women who consume what these businesses are selling.

Just like the women and men who work in these industries are destroying their lives, make no mistake about it, the customers of these businesses are destroying their lives as well. We deal every day here at Liveprayer with mostly men but some women as well, who have had their marriages destroyed, relationships with their children compromised, lost their jobs, and ruined their finances because of these adult entertainment businesses. Not to mention the spiritual destruction these businesses do to a person! Don't be fooled, the customers of these businesses have their lives destroyed just as much as those who work in them.

For those women and men reading this today who are working in the adult entertainment industry, even if you reject Christ and don't believe the Bible, you know deep down inside this is not something that you should be doing with your life. Let me ask you a question. Would you be happy if YOUR daughter came home and told you she was a stripper, an escort, or working in porn movies? We both know the answer to that question. Here is another good question. How would you feel if YOUR husband or wife was visiting these establishments and spending money on the women or men working there? Again, we both know the answer to that question.

I am fully aware of the biggest arguments those who work in these businesses always make, and that is about the money. The fact is, those who make this type of money rarely if ever end up with any of it. It goes to keep up a high flying lifestyle. It goes to buy drugs and alcohol. It goes to support some worthless man that in most cases doesn't work and is abusive in many different ways. In the end, the money is always gone. The arguments that you have to do it to live, to support your children is nonsense. 99% of the women and men out there don't take their clothes off and still support their family. It really boils down to whether you trust God or not. Do you trust that God will supply your every need as He has promised.

For those men and women who frequent these businesses, I have a special word for you today. STOP NOW! You are involved in an evil, destructive world that lures you in via your fantasies, and ends up destroying your very real life and all of those around you. Those who frequent these places are sexual addicts, they are in bondage to sex and these businesses are their drugs. They destroy their marriages and real life relationships because of these fantasies. The vast majority end up also getting in bondage to alcohol/and or drugs. Most end up ruining their finances. Many lose their job because of these adult businesses. The list of the destruction to a person's life because of these adult entertainment businesses is endless.

The bottom line is that there is not ONE positive thing that comes from these adult businesses, not one! There is nothing positive about these businesses for those who work in them, there is nothing positive about these businesses for the people who go there, and the circle of destruction extends into the lives of families and friends of the workers and customers, and even to others in their lives who end up getting hurt because of their involvement with these type of adult businesses. The only ones who look as if they win are the owners. But how can anyone really win when what they do is responsible for the destruction of so many lives? They lose just like everyone else does!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying today for those who are in any way involved in the adult entertainment world, as well as the families of those who are part of that world. For those who own these types of businesses, don't think for a second it is an accident you are reading this today. God is speaking to you this moment as loud and clear as if He was bellowing from the very sky to "shut it down." Not sell the business, SHUT IT DOWN. I will pray for you today to not only hear God, but obey God! Shut it down, sell the property with the contingency it cannot be used for an adult business, or better yet, give the property to a church!

I will also be praying for you women and men reading this today who work in the adult entertainment industry. God NEVER intended for you to sell your body. The fact is, He created you in His image, He loves you, and He wants the best for you. You are worth more to God than any man or woman could ever pay you. God is saying to you today to quit now. Not tomorrow, or next month, or next year, but NOW! Don't worry about what you will eat, or what you will wear, or where you will live. God already knows you need these things. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and He will take care of these things. Honor God with your life, that includes your body, and He will honor you.

Lastly, I will be praying for the men and women who go to these adult businesses. They are a bondage in your life and will eventually destroy you. They are no different than crack is to a crack addict or alcohol to an alcoholic. God is a God of deliverance and will deliver you from this bondage you are into these adult businesses if you are ready to quit. He will give you the strength and courage to never set foot in one of these places again if you will ask Him. God is speaking to you today and is telling you to stop now before you get in any deeper, before you bring any more destruction to your life and the lives of those you love. Turn to Him today and He will help you see victory over this weakness if your life.

For the wives, husbands, moms, dads, children, siblings, other family members and friends of people who work in or go to adult businesses, I will also be praying for you today. Praying with you as you stand in the gap for the one you love to leave this perverted world and turn their hearts and lives completely to the Lord. I will also be praying for God to bring healing to your life for the pain your loved one has caused you by being part of these adult businesses. Never forget that God is a God of redemption, and He can bring your loved one out of this bondage and change their heart, while bringing healing to your life and to your relationship. Our God is able!!!

Satan is usually very subtle in how he works. The fact is there is nothing subtle about these adult businesses. They are clearly and blatantly in complete rebellion to God and are like neon middle fingers pointed to the heavens. If you own one of these places, if you work in one of these places, if you go to one of these places, YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF GOD! You have taken sides with satan who we know in the end will be destroyed and cast for all eternity into the Lake of Fire. Sadly, those who are involved in any way in the adult entertainment industry will also see their lives destroyed. God is speaking to you today and giving you the opportunity to escape. I pray that you take advantage of it.

Rasputin
09-08-2007, 02:22 AM
In one of today's anchor verses from Matthew's Gospel, Jesus said, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Several years ago, famed Criminal Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran passed away from a brain tumor. Cochran who will always be remembered as the architect of the defense team that got O.J. Simpson acquitted of double murder was as talented a lawyer as there ever was. However, even the great Johnnie Cochran could not get you found "not guilty" of adultery if you are looking at pornography on the Internet. There is no difference in the eyes of God if you meet someone who is not your spouse and have sex with them in a motel room, or if you sit in front of your computer and lust after the images of someone who is not your spouse.

Some people may not think Internet porn is a big deal. Let me assure you that it is a VERY BIG DEAL. Sadly, I get to see the destroyed lives, the broken marriages, the damaged children from pornography every single day. A myth is that porn is a male problem. That may have been the case in the past, but I can assure you that 50% of the people I deal with daily in bondage to porn are women.

PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS LIVES! It is not harmless entertainment. It causes people to lust which is a sin. It destroys a person's sexual life as God intended it to be. It leads people into bondage. It progresses from voyeurism to actually living out deviant sexual acts in real life. Pornography ruins marriages, ruins a person's ability to have a normal, healthy relationship with someone who they may actually fall in love with and marry, and worst of all it damages a person's relationship with God. Porn is a tool satan uses very effectively to "kill, steal, and destroy" human lives!

The fact is, pornography on the Internet could be virtually wiped out and eliminated IF there was a real desire to do so. Right now, the only technological tool to fight Internet porn is filtering. Filtering does NOT work no matter what the claims those who offer it want to make. It either filters too much content or not enough. As soon as a new filter is offered, in hours the porn industry has found ways around it. In addition, most junior high school children can get around any filter if they want to. Filtering is as effective as 5 sandbags are in trying to stop a flood.

So how could porn be virtually wiped out and eliminated from the Internet? You go after the MONEY! Internet porn is a billion dollar a year industry. Cut off the money, and it ceases to exist. When someone buys porn on the Internet the money flows through the banking system, mostly through credit cards. That money ultimately ends up in someone's bank account. If credit card companies quit processing porn transactions, if banks quit accepting money from credit card clearing companies that handle pornography business, if the government began doing serious investigations into the people and companies who own the accounts the porn money ends up in, you could put a HUGE dent in the Internet pornography business overnight.

The other way to shut down Internet porn is by companies that supply bandwidth, refusing to sell the bandwidth needed to those businesses that are putting pornography on the Internet. Also, individual Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AOL, Roadrunner, Earthlink, Yahoo, MSN, or whichever company you use, could block any domain that provided pornographic material.

Now some of you may be saying, if it is that easy why doesn't it happen. That is a simple answer, MONEY. Again, Internet porn is a BILLION DOLLAR industry. It is HUGE business for the credit card companies. It is HUGE business for the banks. It is HUGE business for the companies that sell bandwidth. It is HUGE business for the ISPs. I can guarantee you that as easy as it would be to virtually eliminate all pornography from the Internet overnight, it will NEVER HAPPEN because there are too many people making too much money from it!!!

The other avenue to fight this battle is legally. The problem there however is gutless politicians with no desire to take on the pornography industry. Larry Flynt and other powerful people in the porn business have shown in the past a willingness to go after any politician that opposes them, not to mention the fact that the porn industry gives lots of money to politicians.

Sadly, going after the entire pornography industry that will take in over 10 billion known dollars this year has not been a priority of the Bush Administration or of the Attorney General. Factor in liberal judges around the country that will give the pornographers favorable rulings when cases are brought to court, as well as the fact that 40% of Internet porn originates from other countries, and the chance to stop Internet porn through the legal system is simply a dream.

I love you and care about you so much. Let me tell you this, Liveprayer will be illegal on the Internet before pornography is! So what is the answer? For parents, you have got to understand that using the Internet as a babysitter is like allowing your child to play in the middle of a busy freeway during rush hour. It is simply an accident waiting to happen.

You MUST be diligent and monitor what sites your child visits, monitor who they chat with, and sit them down and have open and honest conversations with them about the dangers of the Internet. Talk to them about pornography and why it is a sin. Talk to them about being careful of who they may "meet" in chatrooms. The better they are trained on the dangers of the Internet, the better equipped they will be when faced with those dangers.

As for adults who struggle with a bondage to pornography, it is a battle like any other. You have got to first be willing to admit you have a problem, and then turn to the Lord to find the strength and plan to get victory over your bondage. This may be a wake up call for many who have this problem in your life today.

*Listen to me, IT IS NO ACCIDENT YOU ARE READING THIS TODAY, GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET VICTORY OVER THIS BATTLE WITH PORN ONCE AND FOR ALL BEFORE IT DESTROYS YOUR LIFE!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you realize what a huge problem Internet pornography is. Sadly, because it is such a huge industry the things that could be done to shut it down will never be done, both from the technical and legal side. That is sad because that only means it will continue to be a growing problem we will have to deal with in our nation.

Now more than ever, the church has got to get serious about this issue. We have got to reach out to those in bondage to porn and help them find deliverance through Christ. We have got to continue to warn parents of this danger so they can train their children to be aware of this trap that can destroy their lives. Ultimately, we have got to continue to share with this lost and hurting world the fact that Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone is the answer. Whatever momentary satisfaction may be found in porn, it cannot compare to the true joy that comes from Christ.

The business world is not going to fight this battle, the politicians are not going to fight this battle, it is up to the people of God to fight this battle!!!

TexasDreams
09-08-2007, 03:05 AM
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