Fighting the Demand of Sex Trafficking

Behind The Scenes of Sex Trafficking

We have been having a tough conversation over the past few days with Susan Stacey, the founder, and director of The Fountain of Hope Ministries located in Phoenix, AZ. Susan ministers to the victims of prostitution and those caught in the sex trafficking industry.

As we wrap this series up, we obviously know that pornography doesn’t lead all men into prostitution. But if we stop there, we miss the heart of the real problem, and that is women are not sex objects. Women are made in the image of God and are the pinnacle of His creation.

As Christian men, we need to hear this loud and clear. We are to protect them, not abuse them. If you need examples of how a perfect man treated women, read the Gospel of John 4 and 8.

I also would like to mention a resource from our friends at Covenant Eyes; it’s a pamphlet called “Stop The Demand: The Role of Porn in Sex Trafficking”. You can visit CovenantEyes.com for more information.

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss several things:

  1. What does it look like to be a first responder in this area of sex trafficking?
  2. Learn why it’s going to take more than listening to a three-point sermon to fix this problem.
  3. How God broke my heart while I was visiting Susan’s ministry one day.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Gentlemen, did you catch Susan’s prayer for you. She said that she wants you to know that if you are involved in pornography or other forms of sexual sin, that nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”

The prophet Jeremiah writes, “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

Jesus looked at the disciples intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

So, do you believe that? That with God everything is possible? Why not? Is it because you’re alone? You don’t have to be my friend. That’s why this podcast exists, the resources on the website along with the book and workbooks.

 

The Real Victims of Pornography

Behind The Scenes of Sex Trafficking

Laura Lederer, the former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, says, “Pornography is a brilliant social marketing campaign for commercial sexual exploitation. A key ingredient to the success of commercial sex is the belief that people (especially women) are sexual commodities, and Internet pornography is the ideal vehicle to teach and train this belief.”

Yesterday we discussed how porn was linked to sex trafficking and in today’s podcast, we continue our conversation with Susan Stacey, the founder, and director of The Fountain of Hope Ministries. The Fountain is a refuge for women who are caught in the sex trafficking industry.

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss several things:

  1. How porn fuels sex trafficking.
  2. How victims of prostitution lose everything, including their identity.
  3. How pornography and sex trafficking are such a disconnect between church leaders.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I don’t know about you, but I find it heartbreaking and gut-wrenching that these women who are victims of prostitution don’t know what a decent man looks like, let alone a father figure. Did you know that the word “father” is used 460 times just in the New Testament.

For example, the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 4:4-7, But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Maybe this is a perfect time, as a reminder, to thank God as our Heavenly Father. That through His Son, Jesus Christ, we have been reconciled to Him through the cross, we are forgiven and free. And if that wasn’t good enough, we are now adopted sons and daughters of the King of all Kings.

I would encourage you to thank God for that right now and also to pray for those caught in the sex trafficking industry. Pray that these young women will indeed hear the Gospel and meet the man they’ve been looking for all their life – Jesus Christ. A man who would never abuse them because He is indeed a good, good Father.

Tomorrow we continue our conversation with Susan Stacey and learn why it will take more than a three-point sermon to address this issue in our Churches.

The Face of Prostitution

Behind The Scenes of Sex Trafficking

“The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit.  These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.”

We start off our show today with Luke 10:1-3 because we continue our conversation with Susan Stacey, the founder, and director of The Fountain of Hope in Phx, AZ. She ministers to those trapped in the sex trafficking industry. This is an eye-opening show to the reality of how women – who are made in the image of God – are being treated. Susan also briefly explains the business side of the industry and uses several terms that may not be suitable for young ears.


On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss several things:

  1. Learn how to minister to those who are sex trafficked.
  2. Who are these women? How old, where did they come from, why are they doing this?
  3. What happens when you give a victim of prostitution a small gift?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
“They just can’t get out.” Does that picture of a prostitute change your mind? That these women are 13-17-year-old girls and that they are literally trying to survive.

Did you know that sex trafficking is the second largest form of organized crime in the world? What’s the first you ask? It’s the sale of drugs. But see here’s the thing, sex and drugs go together, don’t they? Just like alcohol and sex. In fact, sex seems to go with about anything. And that’s the reason we are talking about this today. “Johns” can be anyone. “Johns” are everywhere. Sexual sin crosses all demographics and races. It doesn’t matter if you are white collar, blue collar or no collar, the exploitation of these women impacts us all.

Now maybe your thinking to yourself, Dustin…just wait a minute. I listen to this show because yes, I want to learn how to be a godly man. But I would never hire a prostitute. Well, Victor Malarek says this in his book “The Johns”. He says, “if prostitution is the main act, porn is the dress rehearsal.” In other words, if you don’t stop viewing pornography, it’s only a matter of time.

The Apostle James writes in James 1:14-15, Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

The World’s Oldest Profession

Behind The Scenes of Sex Trafficking

Isaiah 61 reads: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

What exactly do you think of when you hear that passage of Scripture? What does it look like for you to bring good news to the poor and to bind up (to encourage) the brokenhearted? What do Isaiah’s prophetic words mean about proclaiming liberty, freedom, and release? And just who exactly are those captives – those prisoners – anyway?


Well, today we start a brand new series with a dear friend of mine. I would like to introduce you to Susan Stacey. Susan is the founder and director of The Fountain of Hope Ministries in Phoenix, AZ. The Fountain of Hope is the kind of ministry to where the proverbial rubber meets the road as she ministers to women on the street. Susan is going to open our eyes to what really goes on behind the scenes of sex trafficking.

On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss several things:

  1. If Jesus said, “go make disciples”…just how much training do we need to start?
  2. Why it’s so important to go where the people are.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Isn’t that a lie that we’ve all bought into? That we have to be completely and totally 100% trained and confident to actually move into the type of ministry work that God has called us do? Well, we might not want to say it out loud, but the reality is that God does train us, but just not to the degree that we would like. We feel like we need to be totally competent and ready for anything before we begin. But it that were to happen, we wouldn’t need God would we? No, we would be trusting in our own abilities rather than relying on His.

Well, because Susan headed the call from the Lord to go into the streets of Phoenix, and minister inside the sex trafficking industry, tomorrow we will learn the reality of the world’s oldest profession. Needless to say it’s not what you think AND everyone who is struggling with the sin of lust and pornography needs to hear the next couple shows for this dose of reality.

The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

We will certainly pursue those things my friend. And will do them together.

The War on the Ordinary Family

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

Yesterday we talked about how our personal view of gender is crucial to how we minister to others. That was a great conversation as we wrap up our introduction to the Theology of the Human Body today. In this lesson, we discuss what this conversation is really about, why it can be so hostile, and why it’s crucial for Christians to engage.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. Why this conversation is not really about your beliefs as a Christian but rather a revolt against God Himself.
  2. What is Objective reality vs. subjective fantasy?
  3. Is the LGBT, the fight for their rights and sexual freedom today, the same fight that black men and women fought for in the 1960’s?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
If you are a church leader and you do not have policies in place regarding this sexual revolution that we are in, I pray that you make it a priority this week. If you need someone to facilitate this discussion with your church leadership, let me encourage you to jump on the website at Dustin Daniels Dot Org and send me an email, and I can help facilitate that discussion. Because these are serious questions:

  1. What are you going to do when members of an LBGT organization demands to be married in your church?
  2. What are you going to do when transgender people demand to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
  3. Are these things incorporated into your bylaws?

I pray that you do and if you don’t, email me so we can start working on that.

Ministering and Loving our LGBT Friends

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

We are three days into our study of gender. It’s been an introduction to the Theology of the Human Body. Yesterday we talked quite a bit about Bruce Jenner, the most well known transgender person of our day. Today our conversation transitions into how we minister to our LGBT friends. In today’s lesson, we hear a lot of questions and comments from the class, and it turned out to be a great discussion.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. The way we view gender is crucial to how we minister to others
  2. How and why we choose to fill our God-sized hole in our hearts with everything but Jesus.
  3. The topic of judging our LBGT friends.

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We’re all broken, but the reality is that some of us just hide it better than others. I think we could also make an argument that the more outlandish someone is, the more desperate they are looking for Jesus. They just don’t know that they are trying to fill that God-sized hole in their heart with all these temporary earthly things.

Tomorrow we wrap our study on the Theology of the human body with our gender study. And we discuss what this cultural battle is.

Call Me Caitlyn? A Conversation About Bruce Jenner

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

We are on day three of our series dealing with the Theology of the Human body. Yesterday we discussed how the male and female body was designed by God to bring Him glory. We also talked about how when we tinker with the God’s plan of gender and sexuality we are tinkering with human existence. So, we continue our discussion on the subject of gender, and it moves to the most well-known spokesperson on transgenderism – Bruce Jenner.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. Are their differences between the male and female brain?
  2. Do men and women think, ponder and communicate differently?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I find it so fascinating that the people that Jesus hung out within the Gospels are the types of people that scare Church people! We tend to think that if people don’t walk, talk or look like us; then they’ll have to go somewhere else. Shame on us. The Apostle Paul says it this way in Gal 3:26:

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

The Importance of Gender Theology

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

Last week we started a brand new series on the topic of the Theology of the Human Body. We started our discussion off on the specific subject of gender. BTW, that phrase is interesting, isn’t it? –  The Theology of the Body. It’s a series of writings from Pope John Paul II. If you are interested in learning more on this topic, I will point you to a colleague of mine, Christopher West. He is an expert in that area, and you can visit him at www.ChristopherWest.com.

Today, we continue our series on gender. And we take a lengthy look at the importance of Theology. The study of God with our emphasis on the human body.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. The four mysteries of the human body
  2. How Christianity is very different in its theology toward the human body.
  3. What is the hypostatic union?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
If you were Satan, wouldn’t you want to blur the lines of all things sexual? To make hazy the ways that men and women complement one another. Wouldn’t you want to confuse the definition of what marriage truly is? Of course. That’s why it is so important to realize that when we talk about the subjects of homosexuality, gender identity or transgender issues, we do it thoughtfully, carefully, and with respect. Regardless if they’re disrespectful to us.

It doesn’t work well when we demand Christian morals from those who are not Christians. We are to lift people up with the Bible not beat them down with them. I’m horrified when I hear people quoting something like 1 Corinthians 6:9 to unbelievers:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

When I hear this, I want people to read the next verse.

Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

So look guys, I know this is a messy issue, and I want to encourage you in the messiness. To once again, ask yourself, why do you believe what you believe and then can you explain it in love.

The Hope of the Church Through The Sexual Revolution

Today we finish our series on the consequences of the sexual revolution. We start off today’s show with some questions and comments from members of the class. We also address an issue that I get all the time that deals with sexual temptation.

It’s exciting as we wrap up this discussion with the class, how members start reflecting and processing out loud. You get to hear the hearts of current and future ministry leaders on what to do and how to handle these issues.

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss three specific things:

  1. Is a Biblical understanding of sexuality a central doctrine in your church?
  2. Do you have the tenacity to teach what the Bible says about sexuality and marriage?
  3. Are you ready for the influx of our LGBT friends coming into your church looking for Jesus?

Final Thoughts:

Isn’t that such a fresh conversation about these tough topics? Someone once said that the local church is the hope of the world. Man, do I believe that! I hope you are encouraged by this discussion and I pray that your church leadership has conversations as open and real as this one. If you don’t, or you would like someone to facilitate the discussion, I would love to come alongside and help.

If you would like some more information, just email me through the website.

The Business and Politics of Gender Identity

The Sexual Revolution Continues

On today’s show we continue to ask the question, “How did we get here”? Referring to the Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2015, that legalized gay marriage at the federal level.

It is interesting, as we go through the sexual revolution timeline that started back in 1916, the question is not “How did we get here”? But instead, “How could we not get here”?

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss three specific things:

  1. What is gender identity?
  2. Why are there so many gender options available?
  3. How is sexual freedom threatening your churches tax inspection status?

 

Final Thoughts:
Have you ever heard the phrase, “the problem is not really the problem”? This sexual confusion that is in our culture is not about who we choose to have sex with. It’s about rights. The world says that I can have sex with anyone I want to, as long as it’s consensual, and oh, by the way, you have to agree and affirm my choice to do so.

This is exactly what the retail store Target has said. This is what the NFL, NBA, and NCAA have said. This is what the United States military has said!

So, let me ask you this, how are you going to have this conversation with a co-worker? Maybe your child went off to college and now their back, and they don’t believe anything that you taught them. How are you going to respond? Are you going to get upset and raise your voice which will only push them away or are you going to listen, love, pray and realize that you can’t make anybody do or believe anything?

It’s the Lord who changes hearts. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He’s in the heart transplant business.

I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:9 –  Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Changing hearts is the Holy Spirits job. Not ours. We only know God’s truth and plan because He revealed it to us. We didn’t figure this stuff out on our own. I pray that you remember that next time you start to feel your blood rise when someone disagrees with you on these topics.