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Four Misconceptions about Sexual Addicts

September 27, 2009

People who are struggling with sexual addiction soon realize what others think of them. Rejection. Misunderstanding. Labeling. Condemning. Superiority.

Here are four of the common misconceptions about sexual addicts:

encourage1.  GOOD PEOPLE ARE NOT SEXUAL ADDICTS
Sexual addiction develops for a lot of reasons. Our family backgrounds, peers, a history of abuse, former girlfriends or boyfriends, the media we have watched… all these things contribute to the birthing of our addiction. Christians and non-Christians can both have very sexualized background. Both conservatives and liberals struggle with sexual addiction.

We just don’t talk about sexual addiction. So many people pretend and put on a false front, so we never know the real issues that they struggle with.

 

2.  homeless-bums-trampSEXUAL ADDICTS ARE ALL PERVERTS AND CHILD MOLESTORS
It is easy to lump sexual addicts with the most perverse of offenders and criminals. But only a small portion of addicts have taken the most extreme and illegal routes. Most sexual addicts look like you and me. They look like the guy in the office and the person next to you in the pew. Probably because they are the “guy in the office” and the “guy in the pew”.

 

shame3.  SEXUAL ADDICTS HAVE THE WORST TYPE OF SIN
We put sexual sin in its own category. Even though the consequences may be more intense, any sin is detestable to God. “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Whether its gluttony, workaholism, arrogance, or lust, all of our sin is the reason Christ died. It is all serious. We are all in need of equal forgiveness.

 

mr-perfect4.  I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING THAT BAD!
We don’t think we are capable of having sexual struggles in our life or marriage. We think that would never happen to us, or that we are devoid of that temptation. All of us are capable of hardening our hearts and following the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or the boastful pride of life”.

Humility says, “except for God’s grace, that could have been me in different circumstances.”

 

I WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS…
Q: What misconceptions would you add?
Q: If you struggle with sexual addiction, how have others treated you?

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