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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve received some (not many) emails, messages, and even seen some comments from guys questioning if Live Free is a “Christ-centered” ministry.

Generally these criticisms all follow this basic sentiment: “Hey, I find what you are doing/teaching helpful but where is Jesus? Where are the Biblical references?”

Admittedly, this question frustrates me at times, but I understand why people may ask it so I wanted to respond briefly although there is a lot more to this answer than what is below:

God reveals himself in his “Word” and in his “Works.”

This is something they talked about in my theology courses when I was in seminary: God’s divine revelation is not limited to the Bible.

In other words, God uses more than the Bible to reveal himself and his knowledge to us.

There are some Christians out there who insist that everything we need to know is in the Bible.  I disagree with this idea because it only focuses on God’s “Word” and completely devalues God’s “Work.”

Additionally, this type of thought completely ignores the reality of our situation.


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Can the Bible tell you any of the following?

– Are push-ups or bench presses better for strengthening my chest

– What’s the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats?

– Why does a certain smell or color trigger my brain to desire porn?

The answers to these questions can be found in an understanding of our brain and our bodies, the disciplines of biology and psychology.

Just because some men have attempted to corrupt these disciplines in an attempt to explain away God doesn’t mean that we need to reject them.

It means we need to redeem them.

Science at the end of the day is a study of God’s “Works.”

And therefore I would argue that not only is it in our best interest but also our responsibility to study this stuff in an attempt to better understand and appreciate what God wants to reveal about himself and his creation.

Many people believe that science and the Bible are opponents. But I would tell you that they are 2 sides of the same coin.

Why does your body work the way it does?
Why does your brain work the way it does?

Because a creator who’s a whole lot smarter than us made us that way. So we are foolish if we don’t seek to understand these things better.

Theology, biology, and psychology (or mentality) – these different areas of our life were not meant to be compartmentalized and treated independently.

They are complimentary.

Completely ignore one area and you will feel the negative consequences in others.

One of the thought leaders in this space that I believe really understands this concept is Dr. Douglas Weiss (a.k.a. Dr. Doug).

Dr. Doug is a Christian psychologist and the founder of Heart to Heart Counseling Center which specializes in the treatment of sexual addicts, intimacy anorexics and their spouses.

He has authored more than 40 books, offers 30 therapeutic DVDs for men, women and marriages, and has been an expert guest on numerous national shows including Oprah, Dr. Phil and Good Morning America.

In other words, he knows his stuff 🙂

Why do I tell you this?

Because Dr. Doug is a Live Free contributor!

In this interview, I took a deep dive into this conversation with Dr. Doug, and we discussed theology and recovery and how these things work together.

If you ever wondered what the Bible has to say about sex addiction and how that relates to what we know as science, then you don’t want to miss this conversation.

Normally these interviews are only accessible to Live Free Communiy members but I want to share it with you as well.

And if you want more of these types of interviews and teaching, join us in Live Free now.

By the way, inside Live Free we have a free course available by Dr. Doug called The Clean Course. Make sure you check it out!

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