Purity for Life
By Pure Life Ministries
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Purity for Life is the bi-weekly podcast from Pure Life Ministries. Our show will take you where real life meets real Christianity as we tackle the tough issues for those struggling with sexual sin.
||Clean#333 - Where's the Line Between Temptation and Sin?||When someone is pursuing purity, they can count on facing a tidal wave of temptation. But just feeling tempted isn't wrong...so how can you tell the difference between temptation and actual sin? Ed Buch, the pastor of Pure Life Ministries' Residential..||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#332 - How to Find Healing After Your Husband's Sexual Sin||Headlines abound with stories of sexual sin's devastating impact on women, and among those affected are countless wives who must face the devastation of their husbands' betrayal. Following up on the last episode, biblical counselor Carol Bourque and...||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#331 - The Devastation of Betrayal: How Sexual Sin Impacts Wives||No wife expects to make the painful discovery that her husband has a secret life of sexual sin. This episode explores how unfaithfulness impacts a wife through the eyes of two of the PLM wives' counselors. Pure Life’s co-founder, Kathy Gallagher,...||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#330 - What Sexual Addicts and Pharisees Have in Common||Being a sexual addict and being a self-righteous Pharisee might not seem very similar on the surface. But often, these two spiritual problems overlap. Pastor Steve Gallagher explores the spiritual dynamics of why this happens, and pastor and...||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#329 - Vital Steps for Seeking Victory This Year||New Year's resolutions usually don't have real power to change people—the kind of power people in sexual sin desperately need to experience. But this episode presents essential truths that can produce lasting change. Counselor Jim Lewis explains why..||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#328 - How to Help People in Sexual Sin: A Roundtable for Leaders||In this extended roundtable discussion, three Pure Life Ministries counselors explore answers to habitual sexual sin. Throughout the episode, the panel unpacks three of the fundamental issues that contribute to the overall problem of addiction. This...||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#327 - A Christmas Podcast (by people who met Jesus)||The Christmas edition of our podcast focuses on Jesus as God's gift of life and features special content from a variety of guests and Pure Life Ministries staff. Pastor Dave Leopold shares his testimony of redemption, graduates read the Christmas...||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#326 - A Leader's Guide to the Sexual Addict||As sexual sin increasingly threatens the church, leaders must respond by providing help for those under their care. This episode provides pastors, counselors, and others with a thoughtful perspective about three key problems that contribute to the...||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#325 - Thanksgiving Stories of Life-Changing Mercy||In this special Thanksgiving episode, guests share stories that focus on the amazing blessings of God. Scott and Erin Wilson tell the moving story of how God brought them through two devastating trials, and Steve and Kathy Gallagher remember some...||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS (from #325 - Thanksgiving Stories of Life-Changing Mercy)||Residential Program graduate Scott Wilson and his wife Erin share more about thankfulness and some initial efforts they made to deal with sexual sin in their marriage, and PLM Director of Ministry Outreach Nate Danser explores the deeper motivation...||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#324 - Helping Pastors Fight Sexual Sin in the Church||One of the biggest challenges confronting pastors is how to help those involved in sexual sin. This episode offers pastors hope and direction by sharing insights gleaned from 30 years of counseling experience. Pastor and evangelist Glenn Meldrum...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#323 - Three Forgotten Battles in the War for Purity||Just like a military conflict, the life-or-death struggle for purity depends on winning specific key battles. But in such an all-consuming fight, what areas should you focus on? This episode targets three important battles in the war for purity that...||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#322 - How Do You Get Right With God?||It’s easy for people to assume the best about their spiritual lives. But Christians who are trapped in sexual sin often have doubts. Because they aren't seeing the powerful life changes that the gospel promises, they wonder where they're really at...||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#321 - “My Own Life”: A Deadly Christian Myth||News headlines are full of warnings about deception, from online hacking to illegal business practices. In the spiritual world, Christians also face a deceptive enemy. He often attacks us with a very subtle myth: the idea that believers can still...||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS (from #321 - “My Own Life”: A Deadly Christian Myth)||Nate Danser, Pure Life's Director of Ministry Outreach, shares his own play-by-play strategy for deeper, more meaningful Bible study.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#320 - Help for Struggling Women and Hurting Wives||It's easy to associate sexual sin with men, but it's also a women's issue. More than 15% of Christian women are also addicted—and countless more are facing the overwhelming trauma of a husband's addiction. Today's episode highlights how sexual sin...||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS (from #320 - Help for Struggling Women and Hurting Wives)||Pure Life's co-founder Kathy Gallagher answers an additional concern that wives often have: "What if my husband needs help, but he's not willing to consider the Residential Program?"||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#319 - Pleasure, Jesus, and the War for Your Heart||The pursuit of pleasure plays a key role in human decisions. But this poses a problem for Christians, since Jesus' life revolved around suffering and self-sacrifice. When following Jesus and pursuing pleasure lead us in opposite directions, what wins...||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#318 - Are We Accepting Addiction in the Church?||The statistics are clear: more and more Christians are becoming addicted to sex. But what's not clear is whether addiction might have other negative effects on the rest of the church. Could a rise in sexual sin among members be changing the church's...||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS (from #318 - Are We Accepting Addiction in the Church?)||Evangelist Glenn Meldrum shares how God can change the trend of addiction in the church, and counselor Jordan Yoshimine speaks personally about temptation and walking with God.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#317 - Am I Just "Struggling" or Addicted?||Those dealing with sexual sin sometimes have difficulty understanding what's happening to them. In a world filled with sexual temptations, it can be hard to judge whether what someone is experiencing qualifies as a serious problem or not. Ken Larkin...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS (From #317 - Am I Just "Struggling" or Addicted?)||Counselor Ken Larkin tackles more questions about the nature of addiction and the way to escape it.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#316 - Coming Out...of Homosexuality||In a rapid cultural shift, homosexuality has been normalized in America. But many people who've been caught up in its grip quietly wonder if there is something different available for them. Jordan Yoshimine, who made the difficult journey out of...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#315 - Why Understanding Addiction Won't Change You||When people in addiction are ready to find help, there's lots of places they can turn. Many try psychology, which offers an almost endless amount of information about addiction. But when counselor Jim Lewis was addicted, he found it took something...||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A much needed podcast...
Although I am lucky to have been a graduate of pure life ministries residential program, I can still say that this podcast is a refreshing voice for holiness in a very dark world. Great topics, excellent production and relevant content all work together for a surreal listening experience. God bless Purelife Ministries and God bless all who listen to this podcast.
I need this
Passionate, yet leaders seem angry and sad. Unwittingly promotes spiritual meritocracy.
Listened to some podcasts. There are some nuggets of biblical truth here that I believe would behoove the average American believer to hear. However, the founder, Steve Gallagher, seems to be a very unhappy man who believes he has been called to return a “fear and trembling” mentality to the American church. Now, I do not believe him to be angry based on petty things such as tone of voice or temperament. It is very apparent that this man cares deeply about what he is saying, and is a very passionate individual. Sadly, I am not convinced that this stems from a true compassion for others. I assume this gentleman would dispute me by saying he is showing true mercy, or “love in action", by being a minister who delivers a tough, yet poignant and necessary message.
Unfortunately, it is the opinion of this reviewer that he is unwittingly promoting a spiritual meritocracy. He claims that it is by grace, not works, that one is saved. Yet, the crux of his message is what one must (and must not) do to avoid eternal damnation and gain eternal life. He makes blanket assertions of what is wrong and right (alcohol, TV, music genres, films, etc.) and states that true salvation will be apparent based on what one does or doesn’t do. Essentially, he claims that a truly saved soul wouldn’t engage in activities he deems worldly.
I’m afraid that what he is postulating is more personal opinion and preference, and less of what Christ was really about. I’m no theologian, but I recall the only admonishment Christ delivered while on earth was to the clean-surfaced, socially upright, religious leaders. Not those who indulged in too many pleasures of the flesh.
I am always leery of a minister who assumes the legitimacy of another's salvation based on the types of shows they watch or the music they listen to. I’ve known people who attend church weekly, refuse to indulge in drink, only watch PG movies, and listen to music only made on a Christian record label with hearts more sinister and wicked than those who don’t go to church or hold themselves to such rules. If Christ was true in his claim that salvation cannot be earned, then it is arrogant and harmful to think that one’s reconciliation with God is based on what they refrain from doing. Paul taught this very lesson to Peter in Galations. Mr. Gallagher makes frequent mention of the “church” and the “world” with the need of the formal being unblemished from the latter. I understand this point, but where is the line drawn? What is considered the dividing line between what is the difference between world and church? Churchgoers mustn’t listen to rock music or swear? Again, I believe this to be a matter of personal opinion and preference about what is and is not acceptable for a Christian to do. Sadly, it tends to promote a clique mentality, and a separation of churchgoers from non-churchgoers based on elitism and self-righteousness.
Mr. Gallagher also went on record stating that doubt of one’s own salvation is a sign of being not right with God, and you must correct this with repentance, until there is no doubt of where you stand on God and your own salvation. This teaching is not only inaccurate but prideful. It is impossible to obtain absolute certitude of anything, which is why “belief” is required. If absolute certitude existed, belief would not be necessary. Uncertainty and faith can coexist. We understand God and self using imperfect and flawed mental facilities. This imperfection renders doubtlessness impossible. This is not a bad thing. Doubt enables true humility. It is ok to doubt. If an atheist told me he has absolute certainty that there is no God, I would think him arrogant and foolish. If I told an atheist I had absolute certainty that there is a God, would he not think the same of me? Jesus told Thomas “blessed are those who believe without seeing.” He did not condemn Thomas for his doubt. Thomas was doubting what the other disciples had already seen. We, like Thomas, have not seen his hands, nor touched his wounds. As of yet, we are required to believe.
Forgive the length of this review. I did not intend to write a novel! I’m not even sure if anyone from Pure Life Ministries will see this, but I felt I needed to give an honest review. Ultimately, I believe Pastor Gallagher is a well-intentioned, intelligent, and passionate individual. But if I was pondering giving this Christianity thing a try, I would not want the religion he is postulating.