The Red Letter Disciple Episode 31

031: Chris Burns Discusses Sexual Addiction, The First Step in Healing From Sexual Brokenness, and Why He Compares Addiction to Riding a Backwards Bike

Chris is a recovering addict that now leads a recovery ministry. He is a licensed social worker and sex addiction therapist. Not only will he clarify the difference between sexual brokenness vs. sexual addiction, but Chris shares his own personal story of recovery, how to get help if you need help, and the first step in sexual healing.

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Resources mentioned in the episode:

Rewrite Recovery Counseling 

Restoration Nights

Smarter Everyday Video (Backwards Bike)

The Backwards Bike, Discipline, and Recovery by Chris Burns Rewrite Recovery

Key insights from the episode:

Sex addiction doesn’t have a lot to do with sex. It’s an inability to be intimate, vulnerable, and authentic. – Chris Burns. 

The way you know if something is an issue is if there is shame. – Chris Burns

People who would have never had a sex addiction now do because of devices. – Chris Burns

While we have never had so much opportunity to fail in history before, we also have never had so much opportunity for recovery. – Chris Burns

Powerlessness isn’t weakness. – Chris Burns

Jesus never shames because he is always pointing forward, instead of backward. – Zach Zehnder

Addiction is not who you are, it’s what you’ve done. – Chris Burns

Chris Burns’ Challenge: Take one step to prevent brokenness/sexual integrity.

Lead yourself (and your church) to find freedom in forgiveness.

Forgiving Challenge Church pack

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