(Re)defining  Sexual Sin & Recovery Terminology

Sexual Addiction

A state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly masturbation or sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences.

Adultery

Any relationship where a husband or wife willingly gives their heart, mind, or body to someone who isn’t their spouse to meet a sexual or emotional need that God designed to be met exclusively by their spouse.

Pornography

The portrayal of erotic behavior in words, acts, or representations designed to cause sexual excitement and calculated to stimulate sexual feelings independent of the physical presence of another loved and chosen human being.

Codependency

An emotional and behavioral condition that utilizes active, passive, and/or passive-aggressive tactics to manipulate, control, or enable the actions or responses of another to produce a desired response or result; idolatry. 

Recovery

A dynamic, empowering, and holistic process by which an individual recognizes their need for change, and through self-directed action and peer and/or ally support, is able to return or transform to a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit.

Repentance

A radical change of mind resulting in a radical change of actions characterized by earnestness, eagerness to make restitution, indignation, alarm, longing, concern, and readiness to pay the consequences of sin (see Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 7:10-11).