XXX Church welcomes Russell Brand's admission about porn addiction

It is not easy for people to admit their flaws and mistakes, so when Russell Brand admitted on The Trews that he used to be obsessed with porn when he was a teenager and that he treated women as trophies, Paul Robinson of XXX Church lauded him for his honesty.

"He was not afraid to be honest about how he has mistreated sex in the past for his own pleasure. He wasn't afraid to be real," wrote Robinson, who was left wondering how someone could be so forthright and not fear what other people would have to say.

Robinson went on to say that Brand does not fear backlash since he does not "fit neatly into the church, and his faith probably pushes on the boundaries of what many would consider normal."

Christians are often afraid of what fellow Christians will think of them should they decide to be as open as Brand. "When we go to talk about these issues, a lot of times we are closed down or at the very least feel compelled to describe sex and porn in terms that don't really scratch the surface of what's going on," said Robinson.

Unlike Brand, Christians are weighed down by public perception, and this is what is holding them back from being fully aware of their own emotions and addictions.

The author said that it's time people take a cue from Brand by acknowledging every part of one's self without the fear of being judged. Robinson said that fear is the only thing that keeps Christians from being free of shame and guilt.

"I invite you to face every part of you – even the parts that terrify you – because that is where you will find the answers you may be seeking. And it is there in the end, where shame and guilt are no match for Love," he said.

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