“Lot pitched his tent near Sodom” (Genesis 13:13).
Here’s the story. Abraham’s family had outgrown the land in which they lived. Abraham had no choice. The family would need to be divided geographically. He offered his nephew Lot several options as to where he would settle with his part of the family.
While Lot would never move to the evil city of Sodom (yet), his curiosity drew him in. He settled in an area where he could keep one eye on his family, with the other eye on the debauchery of the Sodomites. “Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom.”
This is where we always get off the rails. The enemy doesn’t shout, “Jump all the way into sexual sin!” No, he whispers, “Just inch your way in that direction; keep all options on the table.”
Recovery Step: You can live a life of integrity while keeping one eye toward Sodom. But you can’t do it for long.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.