'Heart of Man' Highlights Reality of Human Sexuality in the Church (Interview)

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(Photo: rogersandcowan)"Heart of Man" in theaters for one night only September 14th, 2017

A new film titled "The Heart of Man," hits theaters for one night only Thursday night and brings to the forefront the taboo topic of human sexuality in the church by sharing the personal testimonies of people in the Christian community.

According to the film's description, "The Heart of Man" addresses sexual brokenness while tearing the veil of confusion over the church's current identity crisis."

The docudrama, presented by Sypher Studios in partnership with Fathom Events, features an array of people from different walks of life who've experienced God's grace after great brokenness and identity issues. The film shows interviews with best-selling author William Paul Young (The Shack), author Dan Allender (The Wounded Heart) and spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry, among others.

In the compelling dramatized documentary, Young emotionally reveals a moment of weakness that almost cost him everything. He confessed to cheating on his wife in a three-month affair with her best friend and how they pulled through.

The film's emphasis is on sexual perversion, and Young says that was intentional.

"That tells you the power of human sexuality," the novelist told The Christian Post. "I think a lot of the reason why this movie has such power is because that's an area that religious people don't know how to have a conversation about."

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(Photo:Youtube.com/Screengrab)William Paul Young on te set of "Heart of Man," 2017.

He said having the film focus on the improper elements of sexuality will help raise the conversation of human sexuality throughout the religious community as opposed to having it "swept under the rug."

"I think that [sexuality] is one of the major disconnects in the world, where power is abused so significantly," Young explained. "It's predominantly a male issue — the use of power and objectification."

He said he knows women have issues with sexual addictions as well but believes it's male-dominant issue, noting that there are whole industries in adult film that are prompted by male demand.

"Until that demand is dealt with they are always gonna find a way to supply," Young continued. "This is an addiction that is fundamentally coercive relationally."

According to statistics shared in "The Heart of Man," the use of pornographic material among Christians is on a rise. With that, Journal of Psychology and Christianity says 65 percent of men and 55 percent of women are reportedly involved in extramarital affairs by the time they are 40.

"There's nothing about sexual addiction that's a victimless crime. Everybody's a victim inside that circle," the popular writer stressed.

"[That] tells you how significant sexuality is. If it has that kind of power to destroy and dismantle then we're talking about something that is incredibly beautiful and sacred at the core."

Young wrote The Shack in 2007 and it was the top-selling fiction and audio book of 2008 in the United States. In March, the book hit theaters as a film and exceeded box office expectations for its premier release. Although it was one of the best openings for a faith-based film, some in the Christian community spoke out against the film for what they viewed as a "heretical" portrayal of the Holy Trinity.

"Heart of Man" might not receive the same amount of controversy as "The Shack," but the topics discussed in the film are definitely important enough to garner mass attention.

"There's a lot of different ways that this movie is going to have an impact. It by itself is an exposure to a lot of people of their own sexuality," Young said. "It's going to allow a platform for a conversation that hasn't been had before."

The movie weaves theater art in with the real life accounts of different Christians who've found freedom in Christ.

"Jackie Hill Perry is absolutely essential in the conversation. When I watched her part of the film I was like, 'that was essential to what this can do,'" Young said of one of his fellow interviewees in "The Heart of Man."

"A lot of what we've ended up with, in terms of the conversation about human sexuality, is a conversation about morality or moralism, as oppose to some of the deeper realities that need to be attended to," Young concluded. "Before we start talking about behavior there are some more fundamental questions than that."

Viewers can watch "The Heart of Man" in theaters for one day only on Sept 14. Audiences will also benefit from an exclusive roundtable conversation showcasing national thought leaders such as Pastor Chad Veach and Young, among others.

For more information on "The Heart Of Man," and theater locations, click here.

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