BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — More than 30 million subscribers to Ashley Madison, the matchmaking website for people in relationships wanting to have an affair, are currently figuring out how to navigate life now that their intentions and/or actions have been exposed.
And while the news of such a site existing — much less the number of subscribers — remains shocking, issues with sex addiction and pornography are not new.
Just ask former pastor Traylor Lovvorn, founder of Route 1520, a ministry that provides counseling, group therapy support and resources for men and women who are affected by sex addiction and sexual sin.
“Clinically sex addiction is an intimacy disorder and intimacy cannot be cured in isolation,” he said.
Lovvorn and his wife fought back from his previous sexual sin that almost destroyed their family. The couple now shares their “Perfectly Imperfect” story at marriage and parenting conferences, in a weekly podcast called “Undone Redone” and through the ministry of Route 1520.
“We can look at the prevalence of sex addiction as bad news, but we can also see opportunities to bring the gospel into this need,” he said. “Churches don’t have to figure it all out themselves. We can effectively minister to men and women caught up in this lifestyle and help restore them. It’s such an opportunity for the gospel.”
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