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Duggar Family Pastor Preaches Sermon On Infidelity, Warns of 'Sexual Epidemic' Amid Reports Josh Duggar Paid For Ashley Madison Accounts

( [email protected] ) Aug 24, 2015 05:26 PM EDT
Less than a week after former "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar apologized for cheating on his wife, Anna, the pastor of his family's church in Arkansas began a sermon series called "Sex Today," focusing on the issue of infidelity.
Josh Duggar pictured with his wife, Anna, and three of their four children. TLC

Less than a week after former "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar apologized for cheating on his wife, Anna, the pastor of his family's church in Arkansas began a sermon series called "Sex Today," focusing on the issue of infidelity.

Pastor Floyd's sermon was streamed live from Cross Church in Springdale, which Jill Dillard announced on Twitter on Sunday, August 23.

"We're in a sexual epidemic of unprecedented proportions in this country," Floyd said in his sermon, which was the first in a new series he began Sunday, People magazine reported.

"This sexual revolution is altering mindsets, undermining the family, influencing the culture and is a mockery to Biblical truth," the senior pastor added. "Nothing is secret now nor will it ever be."

As reported by the Gospel Herald, a hacking group known as the "Impact Team" last week released the data Ashley Madison, a website used to facilitate adulterous relationships.

The leaked data revealed that Josh Duggar, former executive director of Family Research Council's lobbying arm, paid nearly $1,000 for two subscriptions to the site.

In a statement released on Thursday, the father-of-four admitted to cheating on his wife and struggling with pornography, calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever."

"I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him," he wrote in a statement released on his family's official website.

Speaking on Sunday, Pastor Floyd told congregants, "Adultery, being sexually or emotionally unfaithful to your spouse, that's wrong. Some of you are on the other end of someone else's destruction."

The pastor charged that husbands and wives must meet each other's sexual needs, as denying sexual relations to your spouse could lead to an attack by the devil.

"And that enemy is going to take your spouse away from you," he said, People reported. "Both men and women have their sexual needs met by someone, somewhere, somehow."

In concluding his message, Pastor Floyd emphasized that the service was not designed to make anyone "feel guilty," but for instructing those who may not understand the Biblical view on sex.

The effects of the Ashley Madison website breach have already been devastating, with hundreds of the company's 30 million accounts traced to employees at the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies. 

"We are all saying, 'It is going to be Christmas in September,'" says divorce lawyer Steve Mindel, according to Mercury News. "Pretty soon, all of this stuff is going to surface. There is going to be a lot of filings for divorce directly as a result of this."

Meanwhile, the company is reportedly offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the group responsible for leaking the confidential information.

"This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world," Toronto Police acting staff-Supt. Bryce Evans told ABC News. "This is affecting all of us. The social impact behind this leak, we're talking about families, we're talking about children, we're talking about wives, their male partners."