Matt Coker | @MatthewSCoker
My name is Matt Coker and I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with pornography, overeating, depression, and co-dependency.
I’ve given my testimony a quite a few times in the past few years, and I’ve always focused a lot on what God has saved me from. But now that I’ve got some significant clean time under my belt, I plan on also sharing what God has done with me since. But first, let me tell you how I got here.
Usually, when I give my testimony in person, it's when I'm standing in Celebrate Recovery meeting. And not many people tend to come to CR because they have a problem with pornography. But statistically, 80% of the men and 50% of the women have viewed pornography in the last month and 50% of the men and 20% of the women look at it habitually, addictively. In fact, that's true of ALL men and women.
So, the odds that you reading this right now have a problem with pornography are high.
I'm about to say something that might shock you, but I beg you to read until the end. Don't jump ship when I say this, because it's hard for me to admit, but a necessary part of my story: I’m a registered sex offender. And when someone wears that label, people immediately assume you have done the worst, most disgusting, perverted, devious things a human being can do and you are endangering them and their children just by existing.
So, what did I do to get put on this list?
Keith Hughes | @keithhughes9
God gave me the grace to believe on Jesus as my Savior when I was around seven years old. Like most 7 year olds back then I didn’t have any known hang-ups. However, when I became an adolescent I found myself ensnared by pornography. I think the first time I was exposed to it was in the fifth grade. It wasn’t an automatic addiction but it began the process of warping my mind.
Sometime later after I learned what masturbation was, pornography became the vehicle I used to fulfill what I believed to be my biggest need. Maybe it goes without saying but I wasn’t involved in church at all and definitely didn’t pray or read my Bible. So when I was promised to have my vile passions fulfilled I had no support to lean on to say no.
When I was getting ready to turn sixteen I made a deal with God. The deal was if I he didn’t let me die in a car accident then I would drive myself to church every Sunday morning. It was a deal He couldn’t pass up (joking). But I did attend church every Sunday morning. I even went to Sunday school once a year for a few years -- only because the third day of the NFL draft started at eleven A.M. and I would skip the main service so I could go home and watch it.
However, during this time God began to speak to my sin, not just porn.
Matt Coker | @MatthewSCoker
It's been over 5 years since I've last look lustfully at image of pornography, but the journey to this place was a long a difficult one. This is my story about how God gave me a wake-up call and eventually restored my life.
Matt Coker is the Ministry Director of The Back Row. He is married to a beautiful woman he met when they were both in youth group and they have one mischievous son together. Matt collects Funko Pop figures, loves time travel movies, and enjoys exotic jerky meats. You can contact Matt via the contact page or on Twitter at @MatthewSCoker.
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