New ministry addresses sex, porn addictions

Jan 31 2011 - 12:50am

OGDEN -- Wayne Feller says he knows too well what it's like to feel too isolated and ashamed to be able to get over an addiction.

The problem with his former addiction, he said, is that it's the one nobody wants to talk about.

It's an addiction to sex and pornography.

"It's one of those things where people say if they cheat, it's hurting them," Feller said. "But it's hurting families."

He said Utah has the highest number per capita of online pornographic subscriptions in the United States.

Feller and Lead Pastor Matt Roberts have started a new ministry at the Genesis Project church that takes the isolation out of the equation.

They said they are willing to help anyone who comes to them, offering them understanding and hope, in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The new J5 Ministry takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 270 12th St. in Ogden.

The ministry is designed to help people develop sexual purity through Biblical principles, group accountability and an emphasis on prayer.

There are separate classes for men and women, as well as a class for spouses of those struggling with sexual temptation. All classes are held at the same time.

Roberts said the Bible has the answers for taking away sexual addiction in the same way it has the answers for resolving other issues.

"What people find is, when we take our deepest fears and we expose them to light, they die very quickly," he said.

The ministry is new. It began last fall and is just now becoming a public offering.

But Roberts said he has already seen a difference.

"We've seen fruits of this ministry," he said. "There are lives that have been set free and marriages saved."

Roberts said the No.1 cause of divorce is infidelity, and the third- highest cause is pornography addiction, which also may lead to infidelity.

Feller said he didn't set out to start a ministry.

He had turned to God to take away his addiction after 15 years of trying by himself. He said he was willing to turn it over to God with the condition that he didn't have to tell anyone.

"I was willing to go clean as long as nobody knew but me," he said.

But one day last March, Feller said, God told him that confessing his sin was the answer, not only to helping himself but also to helping others.

"We have to be willing to confess our sins so we can be healed," he said.

Feller said God had the power to take the desire for his addictive behavior out of his heart once he could confess.

"In that moment, He took that desire away from me," Feller said.

Part of his healing has been to confront his former wives and other people he has hurt through his addiction.

But now, he said, he's ready to help others do the same.

Feller said he's come to know that the reason people experience trials in their lives is so they can help others.

Feller and Roberts said they follow many of the principles found in 12-step programs for this new ministry but with one difference, and that is the belief in true healing.

"We do not believe once an addict, always an addict," Feller said. "We believe that you can be healed wholly."

Roberts said he is proud of the new program and what Feller is accomplishing.

"There are so many people who are broken and hurting who need help," Roberts said.

Those interested in receiving assistance through this program may attend one of the sessions or contact Roberts at 801-393-6867 or by e-mail at matt@genesisutah.com.

More information also is available on the church's website: genesisutah.com.

Contact Feller at 801-603-8657 or waynescottfeller@yahoo.

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