Dear Friends at The Bible Church,
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather up in CT. How have all
these years flown by?!? How could it be over 20 years since I fist visited you in Waterbury? We now have a 40
I would never dreamed that after 43 years in the ministry, Susan and I would be in the midst
of our most dynamic and important mission to date. In 2---, we began slowly giving some of our time in ministry to the
problems created by internet pornography, the tip of the iceberg of massive personal, family and societal destruction.
Why? This may seem like a departure from our mission with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Since
its beginning in 1951, CCC (now known in the USA as Cru) has concentrated on the "Great Commission"
(Matthew 28:18-20). (As always, we take every opportunity to share the Gospel and continue to focus on discipleship.)
Reason: God's plan for salvation revealed in Genesis in the creation story is under assault. Interestingly,
around the same time that Cru began, the seeds for the sexual revolution were planted. Human sexuality was being redefined
away from God's design, the antithesis of the Judeo- Christian beliefs held for millenniums. The destructive seeds
of the sexual revolution took root in the 1960's and today are in full bloom.
In both the National scene
and on the World stage, the evangelical Christian world has been conspicuously silent in rebutting the nearly 70 year redefinition
of healthy, biblical sexuality. When we, the church, have spoken, it has generally been, "Don't do..." without
offering a better plan (God's plan) than the world's plan for sexual fulfillment.
In 2000, our biggest
battle was fighting against the secular message that people are "born homosexual" - in effect sentencing people
with this struggle to a life without hope. In less than 20 years, the prevalent issue is "Gender Dysphoria"
(GID - gender identity disorder).
- Non-Christians are "walking wounded" The secular
world is recognizing the problem. Dr Philip G. Zimbaro - past president of the American Psychological Assoc.
and professor emeritus of psychology at Columbia and Stanford (received his PHD from Yale) argues that we are losing
a whole generation of boys. He calls it the "Demise of Guys: How video games and pornography are ruining
a generation." The Republican Platform for the 2016 election listed pornography as a public health threat as have
mental health experts and reportedly local Governments.
-Many Christians are being sidelined - Our recruitment
of college students is impacted. Josh McDowell, a leading Christian apologist of our time, commissioned
The Barna Group, a Christian polling/research company, to do the most extensive study to date on the impact of pornography.
The Barna study concluded, "It is abundantly clear that pornography is one of the biggest unaddressed problems in
the church." They found that 55% of men identifying as born-again Christians are regularly looking at pornography.
Is there any doubt why we lack male leadership and that materialism consumes Christians' attention more than world evangelism?
2015, I was tasked with the responsibility to help Cru across our many divisions and around the world to address this epidemic.
In April of this year, I spent two weeks in Hong Kong working with our Chinese staff as well as the men's ministry in a Chinese
mega-church. (Let me know if you would like a copy of my findings from that trip.)
the first of the year, I will be traveling to our International Headquarters in Orlando to meet with various leaders of our
ministry. We will be discussing how Cru can lead the way in helping Christians as well as non-believers experience God's
abundance plus strategies for freedom.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us the value of partnerships vs. "going
it alone." Partners in the ministry with us (like you, Friends at The Bible Church), through your last
investment of $500 in July, have made it possible for Susan and me to last 43 years. However, our present situation
necessitates we raise additional support. We are attempting to secure "100 per cent of our financial support
in 100 days."
Will you join the Nagels in helping to turn our world right-side up?
God continue to bless you,
C.B. & Susan