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LifeSpring to host pastor who wants to break the taboo subject of porn addiction

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The taboo subject of porn addiction will be brought out into the open this month when an internationally-renowned speaker comes to the Thames Valley.

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Gerald Coates, who has co-written a book on issues relating to the addictive, corruptive nature of pornography, is speaking in Reading and doing so aims to make it easier to talk about such an intimate issue.

“It will be humorous and instructive,” Gerald said of his visits. “It’s a taboo subject and we’ll get it out into the open.”

Addiction to pornography is a growing problem, with lads’ mags such as Nuts and Zoo taking the Page 3 pin-up to a new level, and internet access has made it even easier to view salacious material.

“There are 450 million sites to look at,” Gerald says. “This is an issue that affects every man.”

Gerald has conducted a lot of research into the subject while writing the book and says that the average addict is “13 when he starts looking for porn, often out of inquisitiveness”.

By 15, it has led to patterns of viewing and behaviour. By 16, Gerald warns, “you will be porn-reliant”.

“Pornography is as addictive as drugs,” he continued. “Porn viewing and the behaviour that goes with it creates three chemicals in the brain. You begin to rely on them – they call it the rewiring of the brain.”

Gerald, who is leader of the Pioneer Engage Church in Leatherhead, will be visiting The Pavilion in Oxford Road, Reading, on Sunday, June 1.

He will speak at the morning services of LifeSpring Church at 9.30am and 11.30am, then in the evening will lead a session devoted to helping men break free and stay free from pornography. It starts at 7.30pm and entry is free.

“People can come and ask difficult questions, they won’t phase me,” Gerald says.

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“I hope pastors, youth leaders, cell group leaders will come along.”

He’s hoping that his visits will have a lasting impact, setting up a network of people who can help others overcome their addiction to pornography.

“I want to find champions for the cause all over Reading, all over Henley and all over Wokingham.”

 

Sexual Healing: Identity, Sexuality, Calling is published by New Wine Press, £6.99. IBSN: 978-1905991822. It is available from Quench and Greyfriars Bookshops.


For more details on Gerald’s visit to LifeSpring, call 0118 983 9080 or log on to www.lifespringchurch.org.uk

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