Aug 29, 2019
Nate Larkin, author of Samson and the Pirate Monks, shares about the struggles men face with porn who are in the church, his story and how he overcame it, and what other men can and should do.
Nate Larkin is the founder of the Samson Society. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Nate started out as a church planter in the 1980’s but abandoned the pastoral ministry after five years because he was in despair over his inability to gain victory over porn and prostitution. He went into business, forming Engineering Support Team, a company that provides marketing, customer care and technical writing services for forensic engineers.
After two decades of secret sexual behavior, Nate was discovered by his wife. That’s when he finally sought help. His first steps toward freedom came in a 12-step recovery program, which breathed new life into his experience of the gospel. In 2004, Nate and a few friends launched the Samson Society in Franklin, Tennessee, as a place where Christian men of every description – not just those battling addiction – can bring their real selves, say the real truth, and walk together in the light. The Samson Society has grown to more than 400 local groups and dozens of virtual groups that connect online.
You can learn more about Nate’s story in the book “Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood,” which was published by Thomas Nelson in 2007, or his I Am Second video on YouTube. Nate also wrote, with NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip, “Sundays Will Never Be the Same: Racing, Tragedy, and Redemption – My Life in America’s Fastest Sport” (Simon and Schuster 2012). He is the co-host of the Pirate Monk Podcast and the Positive Sobriety Podcast and a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats.
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Go on to the Samson Society website and check out their groups.