Off the Shelf 022 with Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd is the founder and executive director of The Porn Effect, a website dedicated to exposing the reality behind the fantasy of porn and offering help. He also serves as director of content development for Integrity Restored. He speaks to about 50,000 people every year on the harmful effects of pornography and how to free from it.On this episode Matt and I discuss the porn pandemic that is running rampant through society today. His book The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the … [Read more...]

We restore the ranks of the angels; Angels: Day 292

The fall of the angels left a gap in the heavenly hierarchy, says St. Augustine, and the redemption of humanity will fill that gap.The redemption of mankind rebuilds the ruins left by the fall of the angels. Of course, the holy angels, who learn from God (for they are blessed with eternal contemplation of God’s truth), know how many of the human race are required to fill up the full census of that commonwealth.This is why the apostle says that all things are restored to unity in Christ, “ … [Read more...]

Equal to angels – but not; Angels: Day 291

If  we’re to be like the angels, who have no bodies, then what becomes of  the resurrection of the body? St. Methodius of Olympus  explains that we’re to be equal to angels, but not identical. Our nature will never be other than human.Here’s another point you should consider, Aglaophon—for you’re very much misled here, if you’ll forgive me for being blunt when the subject is so important. You said that the Lord declared plainly that those who gain the resurrection will be as the angels (Matt. … [Read more...]

Equal to angels; Angels: Day 290

Answering the resurrection-denying Sadducees who tried to trip Jesus up with a tricky question about marriage in the life to come, Christ says that in that future life we will be equal to the angels (Luke 20:27-40).  That tells us, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, what our blessed life of the future will be like.“The sons of this age,” Christ says—those, that is, who lead worldly carnal lives, full of fleshly lust—for the procreation of children “marry and are given in marriage”; but those who h … [Read more...]

Contemplation should direct action; Angels: Day 289

Contemplation, says St. Augustine, is the highest part of  reason, which is the highest part of the soul, which is the highest part of our nature. In everything we do, then, we should be guided by our contemplation of God.Each of us, we know, consists of soul and body; but so does a beast. Again, it is plain that in the order of nature the soul is superior to the body. More- over, in our own souls there is reason, which does not exist in a beast. Therefore, as the soul is superior to the b … [Read more...]

The addiction is real….will we do anything about it?

Society today is facing one of the worst epidemics it has faced in a long time. It can be referred to as a pandemic, an epidemic that has spread through human populations and continents. It knows no borders and its victims are not limited to any age, gender, race or culture. The problem I am talking about is porn addiction. Matt Fradd tackles this topic and overturns the various justifications society has made for porn use in his latest book The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy … [Read more...]