Grammy-nominated Christian Songwriter Reveals How God Broke His Porn Addiction in ‘Reckless Love’ Book

Cory Asbury Nov 26, 2019 Steven

Cory Asbury is a famous worship leader and singer-songwriter whose hit single, “Reckless Love,” reached No. 1 in the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. He has also penned a 40-day devotional book under the same name. In the book, he opened up about his struggle with porn addiction and how the story of David from the Bible helped him break free.

Asbury is a prominent worship pastor at Radiant Church in Michigan. He says that he was not always the man that many know him to be now. When he was around 12 years old, he was exposed to pornography, which turned into a habit and later addiction.

Even after he became a full-time worship minister, he secretly struggled with the compulsion towards pornography. He knew what he was doing was wrong, so he tried to find a solution. He got married at the age of 21.

“Getting married doesn’t magically fix all the problems in your life, especially the ones entrenched through years of habitual sin,” he said, as quoted by Faith Wire. “The shame I felt from my struggle with pornography before marriage was nothing compared to what I experienced after. On top of hurting God’s heart with my sin, I now mourned breaking my wife’s heart as well — a double-whammy of heartache. This burden was too much to bear.”

He started to become consumed by guilt and self-loathing. The only time that he found himself getting unstuck was when he encountered the story of David from the Old Testament. He began to see the path toward redemption and reconciliation with God. He saw how David dealt with his sins and returned to God.

“If he could still be called a worshiper and a man after God’s heart, surely I could as well,” said Asbury. “While pornography wasn’t rampant in David’s day the way it is in ours, the root problem, lust, still caused him to stumble into sexual sin a time or two.”

David was able to return to God despite his extra-marital affair and other sexual sins. This inspired Asbury to ask for forgiveness and stop detesting himself. Inspired by David, the pastor was able to break free from his addiction and share his story so that others can benefit from his experience as well.

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