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Daddy Dobson-approved help for horny boys

“Lust has been a battleground for me. I was first introduced to porn when I found some on my dad’s computer. To be honest, I knew it was wrong, but I still looked at it. Satan began attacking my purity, but I serve a powerful God!

— Sixteen-year-old Anthony of Columbia, S.C., who received guidance on controlling his urges by listening to his Inner Warrior

I’m not making this up. It’s right there on the Focus on the Family’s Breakaway web site, in an article titled Inner Warrior: Suiting Up for Battle. Why the military metaphor? Does it take a nation of warriors to hold their johnsons back?

Lust stalks you like a beast, attacking at every opportunity, attempting to poison your life with its self-centered cravings. We’re convinced that it’s a teen guy’s No. 1 battle. Some Christian boys even feel defeated, abandoned by God and riddled with guilt for their weaknesses. Yet we’ve met others – countless others – who are winning the war. What’s their secret? How are many teens able to stand strong, while others are giving up?

The answer is consistent wait training. Guys who are victorious have learned to face present and future temptations head-on. They’ve put into practice a purity game plan that works!

… True Christianity is not an empty shell of formal religion: saying the right things, in the right way, at the right time. It’s not about finding the “magic prayer” that will vanquish the Dark Lord of Lust once and for all. Whatever else true Christianity is about, it’s about now. It’s not about “the armor I put on during my quiet time this morning.” That was so five hours ago! That Guess? jeans billboard you’re driving past is right NOW!

…True Christianity is about living truth in the moment. It’s about enjoying Jesus every second. It’s about warding off anything that threatens to take that fellowship away, facing each attack as it comes. If you don’t appreciate the moment-by-moment nature of your relationship with Jesus, you’ll spend a lot of time blaming God for not answering your prayer to take away your sexual desires ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

Ouch.

Are you really praying for that? Thankfully, it’s a prayer God probably won’t answer affirmatively. What you really want is to learn to fight the battles as each one arises — that’s true manhood, by the way — because as long as you live on this earth (yes, even after you get married), temptations are going to keep coming.

Yes, let’s explore the military armor metaphor, as laid out by authors Michael Ross and Manfred Koehler:

The Belt of Truth: … that belt had to be tight, “girded up,” ready for battle. You need truth. The better your grasp of Scripture, the bigger your belt buckle. Without it you’re naked, easy pickings for the enemy.

The Breastplate of Righteousness: The breastplate covered the chest. Without it, a soldier was open to a thrust in the heart.

The Gospel of Peace, Your Combat Boots: A centurion’s boots were broken in and carefully cared for. They were as much a comfort during long days of travel as they were a protection in battle. A lot of guys don’t enjoy the Christian walk because they think it’s a hard, long, impossible journey, especially when it comes to sexual temptation. To them, the road’s too long, too tiring. But the message of Jesus is the good news of peace, not pain.

…If you’re convinced the Christian life is wearisome, hard and heavy, that’s exactly what you’ll experience. In those moments of navel-gazing discouragement, you don’t have your combat boots on. You’re walking through thorny ground in bare feet. Connect with Jesus. He’s everything you need. Your truth. Your righteousness. Your peace. Your rest. The journey into manhood is not short, and sometimes it’s uphill, but it’s an adventure that’s meant to be enjoyed.

You can click over and read the rest of the hilarity, including The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, and The Sword of the Spirit.

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