In Depth with Jeremy Wiles on Helping People Combat Porn

In Depth with Jeremy Wiles on Helping People Combat Porn

Jeremy Wiles is a talented cinematographer, and you may know him from the various commercials and movies he has done. To help people in the church combat porn, he had a passion to put together a video project called the Conquer Series. Listen as Jeremy tells the story about this video project and the many lives it has changed.

31 Minutes • 12 days ago

Episode Notes

In-Depth with

Stephen Strang

Guest: Jeremy Wiles

Jeremy Wiles is a talented cinematographer, and you may know him from the various commercials and movies he has done. To help people in the church combat porn, he had a passion to put together a video project called the Conquer Series. Listen as Jeremy tells the story about this video project and the many lives it has changed.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang and welcome to this edition of In-Depth with Stephen Strang. Today I go in-depth with a very good friend of mine. His name is Jeremy Wiles. You may know him through some of the films and movies and commercials and other things that he's done. He lives in South Florida, not too far from me. I actually met him at a very interesting event in New York City. There was a conference, I'll call it, at the United Nations, talking about religious liberty and a lot of other things. He showed a short movie about how Christians did not really speak up during the Holocaust. So, there's a lot of things to talk about. Jeremy, tell me about what you are doing at the United Nations. And actually, that's probably a video that people can watch on YouTube, isn't it?

 

·         Read the Strang Report: How This Low-Budget Video Series has Helped Over a Million Men Conquer Porn

 

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, sure is. I was there to show a short film that we had created called Sing a Little Louder. It was the story of a boy who witnessed the Holocaust from the pews of his church. And every week, this train would roll down tracks beside his church, and he would hear the sound of the train passing over the tracks. Then one Sunday, the train stopped at his church, and the church heard screams and cries coming from the box cars on the train. The church people knew what it was. So, what they did was they sang louder to drown out the cries coming from those boxcars. That young boy lived with that for the rest of his life. He told that story to a woman who was giving a speech at a pro-life conference. She jotted the story down; her name is Penny Lee. We heard about it and we said, hey, this is a story that’s got to be told. So, we went to Holland and recreated the whole thing.

 

The Conquer Series on Charisma

·         How to Conquer the Porn Epidemic in the Church

·         Men Around the World are Giving Up Porn, and It’s Because of This …

·         Why Porn Wreaks Havoc on Your Brain

·         How Men are Quitting Porn in 2019. You’ve Gotta See This …

 

Stephen Strang: It was very effective. It was not a full motion picture. But I had actually seen it in some other settings. Then as I got to know you, I found out that you did some other things like pro-life films. You did one with a blacksmith, where he was hammering out a sword. Can you tell us about that?

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that was back on … my gosh, when did we shoot that? That was one of the major elections. I knew that I had that voice from the Holy Spirit that was leading me to do something that election. I went to bed one night and I had this dream of these words coming out of the fire. They were words of marriage and religious freedom and life. So, the next day, I woke up and told my wife, hey, I had this dream. Maybe that's the video that we should create. It came together really fast. We found that a local blacksmith and went into his shop. I had these words in iron forged in the fire. The video is online called Test of Fire. At that time, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, all these famous people on TV had shown the video. Lou Dobbs showed it. So, it got a lot of press attention, millions of views online and tens of thousands of churches showed that video the week before the election. Unfortunately, Obama got elected. So, maybe I should have made another video.

Stephen Strang: Well, we all have to do what we can do. But it's amazing that you've used a very powerful art form film. In fact, let's talk a little bit about that. You come from a Christian background. In fact, your father is Rick Wiles, who a lot of people know through True News, and he's been on the radio for years. Now he's got quite a substantial ministry. True News is a very impressive operation, not too far from you in Florida. So, how did you get in the movie business?

 

·         Listen to Luke Gibbons about The Conquer Series on the Charisma Podcast Network

 

Jeremy Wiles: I actually picked it up as a hobby. Growing up, I had an interest in, of all things, Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. When I got out of college, I heard about this team of scientists that were traveling to Turkey to research a site that they believe was the ark. I convinced them that I knew how to make a documentary. So, I joined this team of scientists and took this little camera with me. I started just shooting by picking up the camera. I just shot stuff. Then over time, I started to develop a craft. Then people said, hey, I'll pay you to shoot some stuff. So, it turned into a business. That lasted for a while. Then I started creating my own content. That's really where we found to be most effective in reaching broken people in the church, bringing healing to men who are struggling with pornography addiction, sexual addiction, and we've produced projects on all sorts of subjects dealing with the dirty issues in life that a lot of churches unfortunately don't want to talk about. But there's so much brokenness that the people who feel that pain are looking for solutions. So, we're trying to help them even when the church might be absent. That's not for all churches. Thousands and thousands of churches see this real struggle that people go through, and they reach out to them. So, we're trying to get tools into their hands to make a difference.

Stephen Strang: This is one of the most incredible things that you've done, at least in my opinion. It is called The Conquer Series. And as you mentioned it, I realized that that's how I got to know you. I think we met at National Religious Broadcasters and you were actually shooting this series. Somebody introduced us or I found out about it. Of course, being a journalist, I always hear a good story and it seems to me that we did a story or maybe I invited you to do a blog about the program. We put it online and it blew up. So, you can probably tell the story better than I can. But there was a really strong headline that I remember that really got a lot of interest. What was that headline?

Jeremy Wiles: How premarital sex rewires the brain. That was it. We wrote that and we hadn't released The Conquer Series yet. We put that blog out, you guys picked it up, and you published it on your website. I want to say something like we sold maybe $50,000 pre-sale with the series that we were creating before it was launched. That was the capital that we use to create that series. It was a very much low-budget project. But it was because Charisma got behind it. Then, a lot of people who were looking for something like that, it's just good timing. But thanks to you guys, it was such a huge help.

Stephen Strang: I was just going to say that there's such a need for that. That's kind of what I recognized. A lot of the stuff that the resources are done on a shoestring, very low budget. But I'll tell you, when you see this thing, it does not look low-budget at all, my hat’s off to you. The way you did it, and we went through the series in my own church. This was a number of years ago, and you filmed people like Paul Cole, Dr. Doug Weiss, Ted Roberts; these are all men that I have known about over the years. Then there were a number of other doctors that explained what happened to the brain with pornography and all this. Maybe you could elaborate a little bit. But I also want you to talk about the moviemaking aspect because Ted Roberts was like a fighter pilot in Vietnam. And boy, you had airplane scenes, you had scenes from Vietnam. You recreated him buzzing some college in his airplane. I mean, I was stunned and you did it all on $50,000.

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, it was actually $52,000, to be exact. So, the idea behind that project was we wanted to use the theme of war and battle as an analogy for what guys go through in the struggle for sexual integrity. Because it's really war. I heard Dr. Ted Roberts say that sexuality is the war at that pornography is the enemy's nuclear payload. So, the enemy, Satan, is devastating the church with pornography. When I was a kid, if you wanted pornography, you had to go down to the local convenience store and somehow convince the cashier to sell you a porn magazine or steal one off the shelf. Well, now kids have it right on their phone. They can access pornography in seconds. It's like handing a loaded weapon to your children if you don't have a way to protect them while they have that weapon. So, when we created the Conquer Series, we had this theme of war and battle. Ted happened to be a Marine Fighter Pilot. So, when we were starting the project, I knew the Lord was leading me to produce the series within that framework of war battle. I prayed to God and said we need someone who is a veteran, they've been at war, but they lead a ministry that helps men find freedom in this area. There is not a lot of ministries that exist in this space. It just happened to be that we came across Dr. Ted Roberts, former Marine Fighter Pilot in Vietnam, and he leads a ministry called Pure Desire Ministries. So, I saw God's fingerprints on that the entire time as we were in production. Then we were on a shoestring budget. I mean, 52 grand to shoot a project that big. It came out to, I think, six plus hours of content for a 10-week course where we have fighter jets and battle scenes. When you only have a little bit, you become very inventive. So, we needed actors to play the Vietnamese in the Vietnam War. So, we would go down to the local nail salon and the Vietnamese restaurants, and we were asking them if they'd like to be in a movie. And that's how we signed up actors … we just asked and we got people to play the parts.

Stephen Strang: And you went out into South Florida jungles, which looks a little bit Vietnam, I guess. It's kind of tropical. And one scene, I was watching it with the men's group and I thought, that looks like Lake Eola, which is right here in Orlando. I asked you and you said, yeah, we shot it. I said, I can't believe it. But I think I think Ted Roberts was maybe reflecting on something, but you actually shot some of the scenes here in Orlando.

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that's right. Any place that we could shoot, it was just a run and gun production. It was very much a bootstrap project.

Stephen Strang: Right. And here, it's a series and it is really the thing that you go through with the group, but I guess somebody could go through it by themselves, but basically don't. Is it true, someone told me that a million men have gone through that series?

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that's actually a conservative number. It's a lot more than that. But at least a million men have now gone through the full course.

Connect with Jeremy Wiles

·         Conquerseries.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

In-Depth with

Stephen Strang

Guest: Jeremy Wiles

Jeremy Wiles is a talented cinematographer, and you may know him from the various commercials and movies he has done. To help people in the church combat porn, he had a passion to put together a video project called the Conquer Series. Listen as Jeremy tells the story about this video project and the many lives it has changed.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang and welcome to this edition of In-Depth with Stephen Strang. Today I go in-depth with a very good friend of mine. His name is Jeremy Wiles. You may know him through some of the films and movies and commercials and other things that he's done. He lives in South Florida, not too far from me. I actually met him at a very interesting event in New York City. There was a conference, I'll call it, at the United Nations, talking about religious liberty and a lot of other things. He showed a short movie about how Christians did not really speak up during the Holocaust. So, there's a lot of things to talk about. Jeremy, tell me about what you are doing at the United Nations. And actually, that's probably a video that people can watch on YouTube, isn't it?

 

·         Read the Strang Report: How This Low-Budget Video Series has Helped Over a Million Men Conquer Porn

 

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, sure is. I was there to show a short film that we had created called Sing a Little Louder. It was the story of a boy who witnessed the Holocaust from the pews of his church. And every week, this train would roll down tracks beside his church, and he would hear the sound of the train passing over the tracks. Then one Sunday, the train stopped at his church, and the church heard screams and cries coming from the box cars on the train. The church people knew what it was. So, what they did was they sang louder to drown out the cries coming from those boxcars. That young boy lived with that for the rest of his life. He told that story to a woman who was giving a speech at a pro-life conference. She jotted the story down; her name is Penny Lee. We heard about it and we said, hey, this is a story that’s got to be told. So, we went to Holland and recreated the whole thing.

 

The Conquer Series on Charisma

·         How to Conquer the Porn Epidemic in the Church

·         Men Around the World are Giving Up Porn, and It’s Because of This …

·         Why Porn Wreaks Havoc on Your Brain

·         How Men are Quitting Porn in 2019. You’ve Gotta See This …

 

Stephen Strang: It was very effective. It was not a full motion picture. But I had actually seen it in some other settings. Then as I got to know you, I found out that you did some other things like pro-life films. You did one with a blacksmith, where he was hammering out a sword. Can you tell us about that?

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that was back on … my gosh, when did we shoot that? That was one of the major elections. I knew that I had that voice from the Holy Spirit that was leading me to do something that election. I went to bed one night and I had this dream of these words coming out of the fire. They were words of marriage and religious freedom and life. So, the next day, I woke up and told my wife, hey, I had this dream. Maybe that's the video that we should create. It came together really fast. We found that a local blacksmith and went into his shop. I had these words in iron forged in the fire. The video is online called Test of Fire. At that time, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, all these famous people on TV had shown the video. Lou Dobbs showed it. So, it got a lot of press attention, millions of views online and tens of thousands of churches showed that video the week before the election. Unfortunately, Obama got elected. So, maybe I should have made another video.

Stephen Strang: Well, we all have to do what we can do. But it's amazing that you've used a very powerful art form film. In fact, let's talk a little bit about that. You come from a Christian background. In fact, your father is Rick Wiles, who a lot of people know through True News, and he's been on the radio for years. Now he's got quite a substantial ministry. True News is a very impressive operation, not too far from you in Florida. So, how did you get in the movie business?

 

·         Listen to Luke Gibbons about The Conquer Series on the Charisma Podcast Network

 

Jeremy Wiles: I actually picked it up as a hobby. Growing up, I had an interest in, of all things, Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. When I got out of college, I heard about this team of scientists that were traveling to Turkey to research a site that they believe was the ark. I convinced them that I knew how to make a documentary. So, I joined this team of scientists and took this little camera with me. I started just shooting by picking up the camera. I just shot stuff. Then over time, I started to develop a craft. Then people said, hey, I'll pay you to shoot some stuff. So, it turned into a business. That lasted for a while. Then I started creating my own content. That's really where we found to be most effective in reaching broken people in the church, bringing healing to men who are struggling with pornography addiction, sexual addiction, and we've produced projects on all sorts of subjects dealing with the dirty issues in life that a lot of churches unfortunately don't want to talk about. But there's so much brokenness that the people who feel that pain are looking for solutions. So, we're trying to help them even when the church might be absent. That's not for all churches. Thousands and thousands of churches see this real struggle that people go through, and they reach out to them. So, we're trying to get tools into their hands to make a difference.

Stephen Strang: This is one of the most incredible things that you've done, at least in my opinion. It is called The Conquer Series. And as you mentioned it, I realized that that's how I got to know you. I think we met at National Religious Broadcasters and you were actually shooting this series. Somebody introduced us or I found out about it. Of course, being a journalist, I always hear a good story and it seems to me that we did a story or maybe I invited you to do a blog about the program. We put it online and it blew up. So, you can probably tell the story better than I can. But there was a really strong headline that I remember that really got a lot of interest. What was that headline?

Jeremy Wiles: How premarital sex rewires the brain. That was it. We wrote that and we hadn't released The Conquer Series yet. We put that blog out, you guys picked it up, and you published it on your website. I want to say something like we sold maybe $50,000 pre-sale with the series that we were creating before it was launched. That was the capital that we use to create that series. It was a very much low-budget project. But it was because Charisma got behind it. Then, a lot of people who were looking for something like that, it's just good timing. But thanks to you guys, it was such a huge help.

Stephen Strang: I was just going to say that there's such a need for that. That's kind of what I recognized. A lot of the stuff that the resources are done on a shoestring, very low budget. But I'll tell you, when you see this thing, it does not look low-budget at all, my hat’s off to you. The way you did it, and we went through the series in my own church. This was a number of years ago, and you filmed people like Paul Cole, Dr. Doug Weiss, Ted Roberts; these are all men that I have known about over the years. Then there were a number of other doctors that explained what happened to the brain with pornography and all this. Maybe you could elaborate a little bit. But I also want you to talk about the moviemaking aspect because Ted Roberts was like a fighter pilot in Vietnam. And boy, you had airplane scenes, you had scenes from Vietnam. You recreated him buzzing some college in his airplane. I mean, I was stunned and you did it all on $50,000.

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, it was actually $52,000, to be exact. So, the idea behind that project was we wanted to use the theme of war and battle as an analogy for what guys go through in the struggle for sexual integrity. Because it's really war. I heard Dr. Ted Roberts say that sexuality is the war at that pornography is the enemy's nuclear payload. So, the enemy, Satan, is devastating the church with pornography. When I was a kid, if you wanted pornography, you had to go down to the local convenience store and somehow convince the cashier to sell you a porn magazine or steal one off the shelf. Well, now kids have it right on their phone. They can access pornography in seconds. It's like handing a loaded weapon to your children if you don't have a way to protect them while they have that weapon. So, when we created the Conquer Series, we had this theme of war and battle. Ted happened to be a Marine Fighter Pilot. So, when we were starting the project, I knew the Lord was leading me to produce the series within that framework of war battle. I prayed to God and said we need someone who is a veteran, they've been at war, but they lead a ministry that helps men find freedom in this area. There is not a lot of ministries that exist in this space. It just happened to be that we came across Dr. Ted Roberts, former Marine Fighter Pilot in Vietnam, and he leads a ministry called Pure Desire Ministries. So, I saw God's fingerprints on that the entire time as we were in production. Then we were on a shoestring budget. I mean, 52 grand to shoot a project that big. It came out to, I think, six plus hours of content for a 10-week course where we have fighter jets and battle scenes. When you only have a little bit, you become very inventive. So, we needed actors to play the Vietnamese in the Vietnam War. So, we would go down to the local nail salon and the Vietnamese restaurants, and we were asking them if they'd like to be in a movie. And that's how we signed up actors … we just asked and we got people to play the parts.

Stephen Strang: And you went out into South Florida jungles, which looks a little bit Vietnam, I guess. It's kind of tropical. And one scene, I was watching it with the men's group and I thought, that looks like Lake Eola, which is right here in Orlando. I asked you and you said, yeah, we shot it. I said, I can't believe it. But I think I think Ted Roberts was maybe reflecting on something, but you actually shot some of the scenes here in Orlando.

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that's right. Any place that we could shoot, it was just a run and gun production. It was very much a bootstrap project.

Stephen Strang: Right. And here, it's a series and it is really the thing that you go through with the group, but I guess somebody could go through it by themselves, but basically don't. Is it true, someone told me that a million men have gone through that series?

Jeremy Wiles: Yeah, that's actually a conservative number. It's a lot more than that. But at least a million men have now gone through the full course.

Connect with Jeremy Wiles

·         Conquerseries.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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