The Day Porn Came to Bible College

vhsLet the following real story be a sobering reminder.

It is the confrontation I’ll never forget. It was the day I saw porn come to Bible College.

As part of the campus security team, my supervisor and I were summoned to meet the dean and the assistant dean of men at the single apartment complex for older male students on campus. It was an out of the ordinary request as we didn’t have a lot of confrontations that involved the deans to get involved.

But this was different.

As we arrived, the deans were waiting for us. They needed us there to witness and support. They were unsure how the encounter would go so all of this was for precautionary measures.

As things got underway, I recognized the man as an older non-traditional student in his 50’s. As the deans began to question him about an incident with another non-traditional older female student from the night before we learned that the two of them were going to watch a movie together and he was rummaging through his collection of taped movies from Christian television. As he was making suggestions, the female student become increasingly uncomfortable in the idea and quickly excused herself from the situation.

Things got interesting when he was trying his best to defend himself. To prove he had nothing to hide, he pulled out a large plastic storage container filled with VHS tapes. To understand the context, you need to know, the internet and DVD’s were still a year or so away from becoming a main stream product. So the primary means for everyday people to record and watch, was still VHS tapes.

Among these tapes, were not only blank recordable tapes, but also movies that he claimed he was recording over with Christian television. Many of card board jacket sleeves  and the labeled recordable VHS revealed that the movies that were on these tapes were soft core, direct to cable or direct to video movies. Much of it taped from such cable channels as HBO or Cinemax late night television.

The student proclaimed that many of these tapes were recorded over with Christian television ever since he came to Christ. When asked by the deans, why he didn’t just throw them away, he explained that he owned too many VHS tapes to just throw away when he could tape over them. It was then he pulled out another two binds! To him, it would be a waste of money since VCR’s would allow him to tape over them and use them for good programming.

The problem was many of the tapes still contained the sexual content and his ability to tape over all of them with Christian television, wasn’t happening quick enough. Far too many hours (or years) of sin, was not something he could redeem with his good intentions, without a radical decision.

As I recount the story now 20 plus years later, I don’t doubt the man’s salvation or his good intentions. Jesus had honestly done a good work, late in his life by saving him and he was now in a Bible College to grow in knowledge and his relationship with God

But the sobering reminder that I want to draw out of this is this encounter  is that when the Lord calls us to repent, it often means a radical change in lifestyle, will have to be adopted. A radical lifestyle that cuts our exposure to sin enough to have the ability to turn away from sin and begin to pursue Jesus. Many don’t cut enough and many don’t do it quick enough.

When Jesus says go and sin no more, he doesn’t mean go and sin less. The blood bought forgiveness of God’s grace has also empowered us to say no to sinful desires and gives us the power and develops the desires for the thing of the Lord.

Repent quickly.

“Repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

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