Called a Pervert for Advocating Purity

Why was I attacked for lamenting 8-year-old access to porn, child sexting and widespread STDs?

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner poses for photos at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The Playboy magazine founder and sexual revolution symbol Hefner has died at age 91.

By Michael Brown Published on September 29, 2017

As soon as I heard that Hugh Hefner had died Wednesday night, I recorded a four-minute video for Facebook, then penned an article. The message was simple and clear: While I hoped the Playboy icon had turned to the Lord before he died, I also hoped that his death would mark the end of the sexual revolution — a failed revolution if ever there was one.

The video got immediate attention, with thousands of views within hours, along with a steady stream of comments.

Most of the comments were affirming. They included the heartfelt confession of a long-time porn addict, as well as succinct insights like this, from Sharon: “All sins are not equal, God hates all sins but there are different consequences for sin … telling a lie doesn’t give you herpes.”

But there were other comments that were vicious and vile, including:

  • The [expletive] in this video is probably a hypocrite and a child predator
  • You are deluded! STFU already! Moron … God is not real! A fool says in his heart there is no God, a wise man says it out loud. THERE IS NO GOD!
  • Good grief you people are insane. Even death is not a line you can keep yourself from crossing. No matter what you’re all just gonna keep on pushing “god’s” bottom line and promoting yourself while making money off of people with slightly less intelligence that yourselves even as hard as that is given your “faith”.
  • You’re an [expletive]. To capitalize on his death, for your agenda, is cold. You may have some point, but this is complete trash and so tactless. Pushing your religion on others by fearmongering WILL NOT WORK. Good luck with that fantasy.
  • You’re an idiot.
  • This [expletive] guy.
  • The sexual revolution continues! ¡Vive la revolucion!
  • What are you a [expletive] fag? Go [expletive] Obama’s [expletive] you little [expletive].
  • What a PRUDE.
  • What an ignorant [expletive].
  • The end of the sexual revolution? lmao. You guys are out of your skulls. lol

Venomous Attacks to Be Expected … With Other Topics

Why were these people so angry? Why the venomous barbs?

I expect this when I post on LGBT issues.

No matter how compassionate my words, I’m branded a Nazi or KKK. I’m a hater and a bigot, a homophobe and a transphobe. You’ve heard it all yourself.

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But I can understand this. It’s not only an effective tactic to use, it’s also how some people feel. If I don’t affirm same-sex “marriage,” I don’t affirm them. If I say homosexual practice is sinful, I’m saying gays are fundamentally evil. If I don’t believe Bruce Jenner is a woman, I’m insensitive to the struggles he’s endured.

It’s the same with abortion. I know I’ll get slammed when I raise the subject.

How dare I call it murder! Don’t I care about the mother who had to make such difficult choices? What gives me the right, especially as a man, to tell a woman what she can (or must) do with her own body?

And it’s the same with radical Islam. When I critique (especially when I claim it has its roots in the Quran and Islamic tradition), I know that fierce attack will follow.

Sometimes, radical Muslims write back, affirming that I deserve to die. Other times, moderate Muslims are irate. How dare I claim there’s any authenticity to radical Islam!

The same with atheism. If I post a meme challenging “atheist logic,” a flood of criticism will follow, much of it personal.

All this comes with the turf, and the criticism encourages me rather than discourages me. We’ve obviously hit a nerve!

The Darkness Hates the Light

But who in the world wants to celebrate 8-year-olds accessing hard-core pornography? Who wants to applaud 12-year-olds sexting each other? Who thinks it’s good that 20-year-old men need Viagra to perform because of porn addiction? Who’s excited to hear that young married couples don’t sleep together because of sexual burnout? Who thinks it’s positive that hundreds of thousands of teenage girls have STDs?

Those are the things I talked about in my video (and article). That’s what I described as the lasting fruit of the sexual revolution. I also stated that, on average, faithfully married couples reported more sexual satisfaction than promiscuous singles enjoying one-night stands.

And for this I was ridiculed and reviled.

Why?

The sexual revolution devours itself, while those who honor God in marriage and family will reproduce and thrive.

Because people love their sin. Because the darkness hates the light. Because the flesh is at war with the Spirit.

Critiquing the sexual revolution just brought this to the surface. To paraphrase, “Away with this [expletive] prude and his God!”

Ultimately, that’s why there’s such fierce resistance to the gospel on these other fronts as well, from LGBT issues, abortion and radical Islam to atheism and more. It’s a battle of two worldviews. Two kingdoms. The will of God vs. the will of man.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the sexual revolution devours itself, while those who honor God in marriage and family will reproduce and thrive. That also means that as we follow God’s life-giving principles, we can outlast the sexual revolution. And by walking in purity, we can reverse it.

For the sake of our children and their children, not to mention for our own sakes and for the glory of God, this is something we must do.

 

For practical instruction on how to walk in purity, with God’s help, see Chapter 10 in Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation.

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  • Morduin00

    Excellent article. The vitriol from those that follow “the will of man” versus the true followers of “the will of God” is staggering. That vitriol is what distinguishes the two from each other.

  • Tex Taylor

    I’ll take it you wrote this with a grain of salt, as I know you know why it was said about you, which you wisely included in your retort.

    These people are wicked and lost, even with incurable STDs pandemic from our sexual revolution. Makes me glad I’m in a 30 year marriage and don’t have to concern myself with these things any longer. But my precious baby granddaughter? Her parents and grandparents can only shelter her for so long.

    These reprobates would rather waste away in their rebellion. Totally irrational, led by the Father of Lies – the most irrational of them all.

    • Steve Bryar

      I note that Michael resists the temptation to use polarizing language that you have used in your comments. Calling people “wicked” and “reprobates ” may or may not be true but all you achieve is widening the gap between them and the gracious gift of Salvation which God made possible through the redemptive gift of Jesus on the cross.

      People, who Michael is describing, usually have a story behind their hate and vitriol and Jesus carried that with Him on the cross.

      I used to use language and the distain you have used until I understood something of the heart of Jesus for them.

      They may be all that you say but I see them as people crying out who Jesus died on the cross for.

      • Patmos

        There is a difference between evangelizing, which involves dealing with people face to face, and speaking more generally. Besides all that, Jesus compared a woman to a dog, and called Herod a fox. Without truth there can be no repentance.

        • Steve Bryar

          There was context with the woman in Jesus using those terms and given her response, I suspect that they had conversed before thus a relationship of some description formed. I think Jesus was fairly harsh with those in positions of power, including religious leaders, who used their positions of power to their advantage against the most vulnerable.

      • Tex Taylor

        I believe you meant disdain. You can spare me your sanctimony. It’s retching and disingenuous. If people like you were as actually effective as you would like to believe in your witness, America would be a very different place. You don’t even want to tell the truth.

        As to calling something evil, I’m in good company.

        Every author of the Bible did the same, without hesitation. You’re little but an enabler with sweet words. I shook the dust from my feet of your ilk long ago.

        • Steve Bryar

          I am not an American Tex and your response speaks volumes about you and your character with your sanctimonious attitude. Sadly it does not surprise me and suggest you read Matthew 7:1-5 and yes I have read verse 6 as well.

          • Tex Taylor

            Oh, vomit. Another enabler of bad behavior, King Ahab. I suggest you expand your knowledge beyond the Sermon on the Mount.

            You sound rather lame in your theology…

          • Steve Bryar

            Oh Tex, you don’t know me and you have no idea on the comments that I have made as to what I approve and don’t approve. Stop being so judgemental because you are way off the mark. My comment was in response to the polarizing and inflammatory language you use in describing those who are outside of the Kingdom of God. I want to see them in the Kingdom of God! It is a fact that even the most vile are not irredeemably outside of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross and yet your inflammatory terms which you use only polarizes rather than draws them to Jesus. I am very happy to identify with the words of Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount if that is how you describe me.

          • Tex Taylor

            I think you’re perfect to identify with Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount – especially this part…

            “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

            I can assure you my very first statement was absolutely biblical, scholar. Anything you say to me after that, I simply ignore because you have no idea what you speak, “Scholar.”

          • Steve Bryar

            By all means ignore me Tex but could I suggest that you read Matthew 7:1-5 when you judge me as a false prophet and also Matthew 23 in regard to your own heart attitude.

            The Pharisees were absolutely Biblically correct scholars which Jesus Himself acknowledged, but their hearts were far from the heart of God.

            I feel sorry for you Tex because if you knew something of the heart of God toward the broken and lost, you would ache for them rather than calling them names like reprobates and pontificating on your own self righteousness.

          • Tex Taylor

            There’s absolutely nothing self-righteous in recognizing rebellion against God, Jezebel, led by the Father of lies, Satan himself.

            If you want to take me to task for pointing that out, so what? I find your witness worthless. You’ve confused the work “meek” with being a coward – and a blowhard at that.

          • Steve Bryar

            I thought you were going to ignore me Tex. Obviously you must think I have an idea of what I speak after all. I take that as a compliment. I will let you and Jezebel ponder on my more worthwhile comments to you.

            Bless you Tex!

  • Sharon Kirkpatrick

    Having spent 24 years working in mental health with children who have experienced sexual trauma, the evidence is undisputable about the damage inflicted upon children. Unfortunately, the majority of the damage results from the decisions of adults. Whether treating children in the U.S. as I have for over 20 years, or the five years of mission work with traumatized children in Belize, its clear that the sexual revolution, despite the definition, continues to produce generations of dysfunctional people who face the challenge of “getting well”, hopefully with the help of the Lord. What are people thinking and where is their common sense? How does an experienced therapist get through to an adult parent who will defend their right to allow their young child to watch erotic horror movies over and over again in their homes? My personal exposure to “mens” magazines as a young child had a devastating effect upon my feminine identity and acceptance of my body. Yes, the Lord heals and changes us to become victors over our past and to help change the future. Christians must rise up and be heard!

  • Monica Atkins

    Dr. Brown, as believers in Christ, we can see the Bible fulfilling itself right before our very eyes. People are calling good evil and evil good (Is. 5:20). I’m proud to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and love to hear/ read about others like yourself who are fighting the good fight. We know that, ” a servant is not greater than his master”. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you”( John 25:18-20, NKJV). We count it all joy.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Seems as though those spirits of vile antagonistic expression were stirred up a bit now. Weren’t they ? Keep up the good work …

  • Floyd Vaz

    I ponder over these things as well. I can understand why people who are obsessed with evil tend to revel in their evil thinking, doing, obsession and retaliation. Then I’m reminded about Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. – I think this is where the answer lies. At the same time we have to understand and believe that from among these people will come some who’s eyes God will open to receive His Grace. Dr. Brown, and many of us were once people who were calling, directly or indirectly, other Christians who went before us, insane. But God was gracious to us. Now it’s for us to keep overcoming this evil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony – that is why it is called fighting the good fight of the faith.

  • Jeremy L

    What even is this? All I see is “People are mean to me! Please feel sorry for me! Please buy my book because I’m so right and everyone else is so wrong!”

    Brown, my little snowflake, you are rapidly melting. The reason people criticize you is not because you condemn promiscuity,sexual addiction, and lack of warmth in relationships. They criticize you because you often wrongly connect LGBT, abortion, etc. to these things.

    • Shaquille Harvey

      How when much of the homosexual agenda and the pro abortion especially 3rd wave feminism came from much of this period and the sexual revolution movement.
      Also how is Brown a snowflake?

      • Jeremy L

        How is he not a snowflake? He literally puts up a list of insults hurled at him, cries about them, doesn’t consider WHY he gets such comments because he thinks “of course” he’s right and everyone else is wrong, and asks us all to mourn for his “persecution”.

        • JP

          We know why he gets the insults because those that insult have no arguments against his positions. Thus they insult.

          • Peter

            He doesn’t want 8 year olds being exposed to hardcore port.

            Do you agree with him or disagree with him?

          • Jeremy L

            We do have arguments. He just won’t listen to them. Hence frustration. Hence insults.

          • JP

            What arguments do you have against his position?

          • Jeremy L

            Him: No gay marriage; marriage is about having kids
            Me: We allow heterosexuals to marry without requiring them to have kids
            Him: That’s different
            Me: How?
            Him: irrelevant rant about “natural law” and religious jabbering

            Him: Abortion should be illegal
            Me: There are times when abortion should be allowed; what if a woman was raped and too traumatized to carry the resulting baby? What if carrying a pregnancy puts a woman’s life in danger? Also, without access to abortion, some women would resort to going to sketchy pseudo-doctors and die as a result of their unsafe “services”…along with the baby. So that’s two lives lost. Perhaps we can prevent these women having unplanned pregnancies with comprehensive sex ed?
            Him: rant about “purity” as he ignores the circumstances I just mentioned which would warrant the continued accessibility of abortions

            Him: Trans people suffer from a mental disorder
            Me: The entire medical community says different. Can you recommend how they should be treated, if gender reassignment is not a good option?
            Him: They just need to pray
            Me: Some people would say a belief in God is a delusion. Let’s say trans people are delusional. Why are people who think you are delusional expected to respect your “delusion”, but you can’t tolerate people transitioning?
            Him: religious rant

            Him: Radical Islam is bad
            Me: I actually agree with you on something

          • Shaquille Harvey

            1. Are then okay with the other marrital unions , as I stated before, becoming completely legal or not ?
            2. Which medical community says different?
            3. That’s the thing, atheists have been stating this for years. When an atheist states this about a religious liberty person, namely a Christian, there is nothing stopping them and they won’t be scared for doing so. However if a person does the same with a trans person, they could be reprimanded or silenced. There is also the constant push for this agenda and movement as well.

          • Jeremy L

            1. I believe I already explained why polygamy is legally impractical.
            2. “A psychological state is considered a mental disorder only if it causes significant distress or disability. Many transgender people do not experience their gender as distressing or disabling, which implies that identifying as transgender does not constitute a mental disorder.” – the APA
            3. The reason why religion tends to be “free game” is because religion is clearly and unambiguously a chosen ideology and has a dark history. Much violence and injustice has been carried out in the name of this or that god, both yesterday and today. But LGBT is not chosen and their goal is to simply be left alone to be themselves. I’ve never seen any gay person attempt to break up a heterosexual union or nuclear family in my life. I’ve also never seen a trans person passing out flyers promoting others to get sex changes. By contrast, every religion is always trying to get new converts in order to gain more power in order to undermine LGBT, atheists, different religions, and whoever else they happen to not like.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            If you will do a little research and have an open mind, you will discover that the entire medical community(i.e., psychiatrists) is not in agreement that trans people do not suffer from a mental disorder. The APA doesn’t represent all of the professional psychiatrists in the USA.

          • Jeremy L

            Sure, professional opinions vary. Sure, professional opinions that differ from the APA’s opinion might not be based on any anti-LGBT animus. But even if we do want to classify trans as a mental disorder, we must admit it doesn’t exactly hamper the affected person’s ability to function. That’s the APA’s point. If the condition in and of itself causes you no stress or disability and doesn’t negatively impact others, then we should be hesitant to call it a disorder. I think societal attitudes are what ultimately determines if someone is “sick” or just “different”. For example, a lot of people don’t see dwarfism as a disease anymore, and we empower little people rather than putting them on display in freak shows. Same sort of thing happened with homosexuality. Same sort of thing is happening again with transgender.

          • Jim Walker

            Him, is totally correct.

        • Shaquille Harvey

          So isn’t that exactly like the LGBT and their activists then ?!

          • Jeremy L

            Except the insults hurled at LGBTs are unmerited and their persecution is real.

    • Patmos

      Dr. Brown puts his name to his words, does so in a reasonable and respectful manner in spite of all the venom spit at him from cowards like you, and has done so for years now.

      What have you done?

      • Jeremy L

        How is singling out some mean Facebook commenters “reasonable” and “respectful”? It’s immature. As is pitching a fit about how he has critics when he’s “oh so right”. And telling people to buy his little book at the end (as he’s been doing a LOT lately) is downright slimy.

        I’ve fed the poor, tutored children and adults alike in reading and writing, equipped people with water safety skills, and have consoled many friends struggling with depression, thank you very much. It’s been a better, more rewarding life than playing with peoples’ insecurities/scaring them with hell in order to sell a diet book and some poorly written propaganda.

        • TammyB

          Singling out mean Facebook comments is not “immature”. I’ve experienced what he has when expressing my stance on things. I get called names and get insulted on so many levels when I speak out about abortions and many other subjects. I even get attacked for expressing my faith and I don’t push mine on people. These mean Facebook comments happen in abundance and on a regular basis and show the unnecessary hate people have towards others. It’s good you’re doing positive things to help others, but so many others don’t. Too many people in our society have no respect for themselves or others. They have no compassion, accountability, or responsibility. They want to be able to do whatever they want and say whatever they want and no one is supposed to say anything against it.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            I commend you on your reply to Jeremy L. I wish I knew his background but we should pray for him to “see the light” nonetheless.

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          You are to be commended for your good works, but many Christians have done the same while, at the same time, exposing immorality and condemning hypocrisy in the Christian ranks. And I disagree that Dr. Brown ‘telling’ people(your words – I prefer suggesting)to buy his book on his website is no different than Hilary going on a book tour or appearing on national TV shows to promote her latest book.

          • Jeremy L

            Fair enough. Although, I have seen him write pieces where he purposely withholds information and directs people to his book rather than giving the information and suggesting the book as further reading.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            Can you give me (and others)some examples where Dr. Brown purposely withholds information about a topic in order to direct people to his book?

          • Jeremy L

            His piece “The Death of Hugh Hefner and the End of the Sexual Revolution” makes some pretty outrageous claims, saying children are being exposed to hardcore pornography and are given condoms and sexual health lessons, which I find hard to believe. I would like to see the data that backs up these claims, but he instead gives us this: “(For supporting data for some of the information cited in this article, see the chapter, “From Playboy to Purity: Reversing the Sexual Revolution,” in Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation.)”

    • Deplorable Rican ☨ʳᵉᵈᵉᵉᵐᵉᵈ

      Do you have a reading disability? Because that is NOT what this article is about. Dr Brown is exposing irrational hate!

  • Hildabeast

    Mike.. I know you sometimes may feel discouraged…appalled….disappointed…. but you’re not alone. God hasn’t given up on America yet, or else I wouldn’t be writing this. When you feel down or out, remember this quote, one of my favorites:

    “The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epic tragedies of the world.”

    – C.S. Lewis

  • O’Pinyon

    Along these lines – with all of his faults and irritating behaviors, the over-the-top vitriol directed towards Donald Trump makes one suspect that he is on the right side, after all.

  • MYSAY

    it all come down to the spiritual realm ,Christian understand

  • Rock Desmarais

    Dr. Brown, I have noticed through the years when speaking about the Bible to others, you can sense a person whether they are willing to listen or the heart is being vexed. I pray for those who question or downplay the Word. God’s love and long suffering towards us is unmatched. . . . Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (I John 4:4, KJV).

  • Norma Jean Bowman

    THE LONELINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN
    By A.W. Tozer

    The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an
    ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship
    of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His
    God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind,
    others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption
    in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there
    are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.
    The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused
    them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered
    in the same way.

    The man [or woman] who has passed on
    into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many
    who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is
    the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and
    preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns
    the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and
    the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon
    whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia
    out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old,
    keeps these things in his heart.

    It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human
    companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.

  • Stephen D

    Here in Australia, people are falling over themselves to surf the “progressive” wave. Today the national broadcaster, funded by the federal government, is advising the nation not give Hefner the credit for the sexual revolution. Really, says the ABC, the credit for this glorious and long-awaited development should go to women, and in particular to feminists.

    Anyone who wants to read a rational and properly-researched account of the tidal wave of social change that carried Hefner and others along with it should read the ‘The Global Sexual Revolution’ by Gabriele Kuby (a Roman Catholic). She also has videos on YouTube.

  • Jillian Fergus

    ” For who will hurt you if you become zealots for what is good? 14 But even if you do suffer for being righteous, you are blessed! Moreover, don’t fear what they fear or be disturbed, 15 but treat the Messiah as holy, as Lord in your hearts;[a] while remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you — yet with humility and fear, 16 keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame. 17 For if God has in fact willed that you should suffer, it is better that you suffer for doing what is good than for doing what is evil.”
    -1 Peter 3:13-17, Complete Jewish Bible

    We will suffer for Him. We will be ridiculed for speaking His truth and spreading His love in a dark world. Take heart, Dr. Brown; He has overcome the world! I am praying for you as you continue to spread His truth and love.

    In Christ,
    Jillian Fergus

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    I stumbled onto this website and while I consider virtually everything on it to be 100% wrong and indeed, evil, this blathering nonsense from Michael Brown takes the cake.
    I am a senior citizen now and having lived for 78 years am utterly confident in writing that the sexual revolution is NEVER going to be reversed and that raving prudes like Michael Brown and all who agree with him are on the losing side of history. Every single poll without exception shows that the younger the demographic the most utterly opposed it is to this ultra prudery he espouses wrapping it all up in HIS particular religious views…which like most of your kind who love this website come down to the doctrine of “Hate Thy Neighbor” if he is not exactly like you and better yet, lock him/her up.
    The sexual revolution had its imperfections as most revolutions do but as one who was alive BEFORE it I’ve not the slightest doubt that it brought far more good to this country than bad.
    But what makes me smile is the fanatical obsession of you “conservative” fanatics that someway, somehow, you are going to turn the clock back to pre-1965. You won’t.
    In fact I will make these predictions: Thirty years or so from now the legal right to abortion will be so firmly established that all of your endless attempts to weaken or destroy it will be laughed at; obscenity laws will be totally discarded with the sole exception being material vended to or depicting minors or being vended to unconsenting adults; prostitution will be legalized, regulated, and taxed like any other business.
    I am not calling names when I write that in my opinion Michael Brown is, simply put, a FASCIST…politically, culturally, socially, religiously. And his (and your) fascism is never going to prevail in America…and down deep he (and you) know it which is what fuels your rage and fulminating frustration. Your day is done.

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