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Men's group aims to end isolation

The Samson Society is a fellowship of Christian men who are serious – but not grave – about helping men escape from living in secrecy and isolation.

And from 3 to 10 p.m. today, pastor Nate Larkin will join the newly formed Charlotte Samson Society to talk to men about the group – and about a secret addiction that nearly destroyed his life: pornography.

“Whether it's pornography or alcoholism or whatever, addiction is something that affects every race, religion and status,” said Frank Pounds of northeast Charlotte. Pounds recently started a local chapter after reading Larkin's book, “Samson and the Pirate Monks” ($13.99, W Publishing Group).

The group isn't solely for addiction, though. It's a confidential place where men can go for authentic Christian brotherhood, and vigorous honesty.

“Men can get real … and talk about issues they typically don't talk about,” Pounds said. “They say, ‘Wow, I'm not the only one who feels that way.' It's the power of bringing this into the light.”

During the Samson Summer Road Cruise, which has stops scheduled in more than 20 states, Larkin shares how shedding light on his addiction prompted the healing process.

Pounds encourages men interested in the society not just to attend the seminar, but to start a group in their area. His group meets on Mondays for about an hour, and then sometimes goes to dinner.

The society owns no property, collects no dues, pays no salaries and incurs no debts. It's an extension of the Church Universal. “The overall principles are biblical,” Pounds said. “It's a 12-step method reclaimed for the church.”

Today's seminar is at Joe Gibbs Racing Facility, 13415 Reese Blvd. W., Huntersville. Cost is $20, which includes a meal.

Larkin will also speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at Renaissance Bible Church, which meets at Highland Creek Elementary School, 7242 Highland Creek Parkway.

Details: www.samson society .org; 704-957-9414.

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