Policies and Terms of Use

From the moment you fill out the registry form on this site, you are agreeing to membership terms and conditions for the Free in Christ 60-day courses platform.

Note: We use the acronym ‘LEC’ which stands for Libres en Cristo (in Spanish) to refer to Free in Christ, the word ‘mentor’ to refer to our counselors, the acronym ‘AP’ to refer to accountability partners and ‘student’ to refer to the users who sign up and are served by any of our 60-day courses.

It is understood that terms of use are applicable to men and women, to students and mentors; although they are written in the male gender for simplification.

By clicking on ACCEPT or an equivalent word, you indicate that you understand the nature of the online services of LEC as well as the expectations and limitations of the service, which have been submitted to you before you make payment and before beginning to receive counseling services.

Registry, Confidentiality and Reliability

LEC does not buy, sell or share information about the students, nor personal data, nor conversations or work notes between mentor and student.

Our platform has several access levels for our personnel.  Those who have “administrator” status are mentors who have many years of experience and due their spiritual maturity, we have entrusted them the personal information of all students.  Administrators use that information to assign counselors and supervise the attention to the student.

Personnel with “mentor” status have access to the information the student provides in the course request form; and to the conversations and notes between him (the mentor) and his own students only.

The student does not have access to personal information (email, social networks and other contact data) of his mentor, other mentors, or other students of the program through the LEC courses platform.  A mentor will contact a student through these means (email, social network) only if the mentor considers it appropriate and necessary.

LEC has a newsletter service to which the student may voluntarily subscribe on our main website.  That means that his subscription to a 60-day course does not imply that we will use his email address to subscribe him to our newsletter without his authorization.  However, LEC could randomly take some addresses and add them to our database of specific newsletters, if LEC considers that the student needs to receive specific courses for his freedom and growth.  The student is free to unsubscribe from our newsletter service at any time.

We assume that at the end of the 60-day course, a student will write and make public his testimony. Therefore we may freely publish it on our webpage.   Nevertheless, if a student does not want his testimony to be public, he may request it directly to the administration by email to [email protected]

Our website uses a security certificate (HTTPS) which ensures protection against frauds or identity theft of users’ credit cards. LEC may use several protocols or encryption services (SS) to assure the security of financial transactions.   Our website does not send cookies to be stored in users’ servers.

A student should write to [email protected] and notify us there, of any suspected unauthorized use of his account, information, user and/or password.

LEC works on the presumption that all information the student enters in his application form, conversations and lessons of the 60-day course is absolutely truthful and that his identity online matches with his identity in the physical world. LEC is not responsible for false information the student might use for registering, either by mistake or intention.  For financial transparency purposes in the use of information, LEC does not allow the users to use nicknames or pseudonyms.

LEC does not allow registering by a third party, using his name and email, even if they are relatives.  If an administrator detects such situation, he may block that user even though a payment had been made.

Two or more persons may not use the same user name and password, even if they are relatives.

Payments

The amount of the fee for a 60-day course is disclosed to the student during the registration process.  This amount can change due to the variation of the costs of our providers or for internal reasons.  However, any change in the fee will be applicable only to new students after such change had been made.  It will not affect those who are already registered on the course. So, if the fee is increased, the registered user shall not make any additional payment. Likewise, if it is reduced, he shall not receive any refund.

A Note of Caution: A student shall notify to [email protected] about any payment requisition outside of the LEC courses platform, whether if it is made by an individual who identifies himself as a LEC member, or even by a mentor.

Once paid: Fees are not refundable.

Legal restrictions

Minors

By general rule the registry of minors to any LEC course is not accepted, due to the nature of the 60-day courses of this platform.  We remind you that our platform transcends many borders. And we must cooperate with and follow the different legal regulations of each country where we provide services.  Therefore, the request form does not allow the registry of those who’s stated age is below 18 years.

Regarding the law – child abuse, crime, fraud

LEC is required and committed to report to the authorities any crime or offense, including confessions about sexual abuse to minors or rapes – according to the local laws; or to immediately terminate the service to any student due to such confession.

In addition, a mentor or an administrator will be free to report or inform the authorities, family or accountability partner when it appears that such student intends hurting himself or others, or is planning to commit suicide or murder.

It is our policy to hold, in confidence, what our students say and their confessions, but no internal policy is above the law.

Nature and structure of the course

The 60-day courses and all LEC programs are Christ centered, have a biblical base and are compatible with the world’s current wisdom regarding neurological function.  In other words, we are not neuro-scientists, but we do our best to stick with what is being taught by them.

The work of a mentor is considered pastoral counseling rather than psychological.   Our biblical beliefs make the main difference between those two, especially regarding the expected progress of a student on his Christian life, his relationship among a believers community as a tool for his freedom, the need for repentance and the belief that sexual immorality, regardless of the world’s tag name, “Addiction”, is spiritually a sin.  We believe that on this basic belief,  behavioral changes are built, and that true Science is not in conflict with the spiritual doctrine presented in the course.

Each LEC course lasts 60 days.   A student may take all the courses available on the platform that are suitable to his gender and need.

Service expectations

Because restoration and sanctification is in progress for a lifetime, freedom from sexual addiction is something that must be lived beyond 60 days.  LEC does not offer or guarantee absolute freedom from sexual sin in exchange of the invested money.  A great deal of this depends on you, and certainly on our Lord.  We can only point to Him. We can only provide practical and spiritual tools, albeit very good ones.

The success of the program does not just depend on the way LEC has developed it, nor on the skills of a mentor, but also, on the personal motivation of the student and the intensity he uses to make his decisions, especially regarding the building of an intimate circle, a community around him to encourage and strengthen his freedom.  Much also depends on his honesty and determination to walk in holiness to restore a relationship with God.

A student may expect from our course teaching of the tools he needs to begin the freedom process in his life and valuable advice to cover most circumstances he might face in the challenge of sexual addiction.

We assure you that this is a spiritual war, and that it does require of you, the enrollee, an attitude of desperation.  You can read about that type of desperation in Acts 16: 25-34. Therefore, when student demonstrates either by action or by words the he is not willing to be taught our administrator is free to end the relationship and attention to that student. This seldom happens, simply because those who pay the fee have already demonstrated their eagerness; that is, “What must I do to be set free?”

About the use of time

Course length

Each course consists of 60 lessons. A student is expected to complete one lesson per day. Nevertheless, as unforeseen delays may occur, every student has 90 days to complete the 60 lessons. The online system displays the student’s progress and a countdown showing he number of days remaining to finish the course.  At the end of the 90 days the student is automatically prevented from continuing his lessons.

Each student should complete a lesson each day, but only one lesson, as it will be impossible to do another on the same day. Every day, the course software automatically activates the next lesson at midnight (according to local time), so the student may then continue.

The content of the lessons, all conversations and notes that the student shares with his mentor during this process will be available to the student for up to 5 years.  Nevertheless this option will be available only to those who have completed all 60 lessons.  When a student does not complete the course within 90 days, the information is no longer available to him.

Breach of the student and exceptions

The student who does not complete the 60 lessons during the established 90 day period should make another payment to continue.  A student has the option to buy packages of additional days to complete his course after the first 90 days.

If the student knows in advance that for a long period he will not be able to work on his course, he may write to [email protected] and request “leave” and to reactivate his remaining time when he can continue with his lessons.  Nevertheless, an administrator is in full charge of such situations and may refuse if he thinks the student takes too long to return.

The student may quit the course any time he decides to, because taking the course is voluntary.  However, we remind the student that his investment is not refundable.

About the service of a mentor

Re-assignations

We are confident that our mentors answer with promptness. caring and quality; and we thoughtfully assign each student to the mentor who the administrators consider the most suitable for each case.  We may re-assign a student to another mentor, when the assigned mentor himself requests it, or at the discretion of the administration.

Although we make our best effort, we understand that there are cases when a student cannot work in harmony with a mentor, and we might consider making a change.  Nevertheless, unreasonable demands from a student for a special treatment, or if he is upset when he is being confronted with the truths of his life, are not considered compelling reasons to reassign a student.

Interaction with the mentor

Male students are assigned to male mentors; and female students to female mentors; no exception allowed.  If by mistake or intentionally a student checks the wrong gender box when registering, he or she can be re-assigned by an administrator. No student is unassigned.

A mentor is not obliged to give daily attention to a student, and the student must not expect it.  This is to avoid developing co-dependency from the student toward the mentor or the course itself; rather, we encourage him to seek personal reflection and answers through his relationship with God as priority, and not through a mentor.

Even so, the student may expect frequent interaction with his mentor, three or four times a week.  Each mentors use his own criteria to determine those cases that need more interaction, and those for whom it is better to allow to find their own way in some situations.

The mentor does not require obedience from the student, nor is the student obliged to give it; however it is considered that the mentor knows better than the student what is best for his freedom from sexual addiction, and it is expected that the student will be radical in following the instructions that can help him.  It is the student’s responsibility if he decides ignore or postpone what his mentor suggests. Be mindful of our previous reference to Acts 16:25-34 as you proceed in the course.  “What must I do to be set free?”

LEC recognizes its own internet platform as the only official communication channel between a mentor and his students.  We do not encourage any external communication related to courses, including comments that a student may post on our institutional blogs waiting for an answer, even if they are related to the course he is taking.

The LEC courses platform offers a way to contact an administrator. That link is available on each of our web pages.

Online boundaries 

A mentor will keep professional distance with his students avoiding answering friendship requests on Facebook, answering tags on Twitter, or any similar communication on social networks, or comments with direct questions on our blog.  Every invitation of this type will be ignored.  It is highly recommended that the student avoid commenting on his own social networks about private issues he has shared with his mentor.

Questionable behavior of the student

Visitors or students of our website, who are ineligible to take a course, might be permanently blocked from the courses platform.

A person will be blocked if he makes sexual insinuations to a mentor, or if he uses LEC services to contact potential sexual partners; if he is repeatedly and intentionally offensive with his mentor, or if his behavior in other online environments reflects any negative attitude to LEC or to his mentor.

LEC reserves the right to assess other behaviors and attitudes as possible causes for blocking a student

Accountability and accountability partners

It is expected that from lesson 20, the student will have regular communication with an accountability partner, a reliable friend who will receive a copy of the notes the student makes in every lesson.

A student can indicate his (AP) accountability partner’s email address on the registration form, and it is an option to do it or not from lesson 1 to lesson 20.

However, if a student does not use the first 20 days of his course to find such AP, he will not be allowed to go forward to lesson 21 without having entering an email where his friend may receive his reports.  Being accountable is an essential part of the restoration process, as a tool to walk away from habitual sin.

Such an accountability partner receives a copy of the lessons answers of the student by email, but he does not have access to online conversations and feedback from the mentor on the courses platform.

Communication and accountability between the student and his AP is sole responsibility of the student, and it is not subject to supervision from a mentor nor LEC.  Behavior and integrity of the AP are not responsibility of LEC.

Each student may have more than one accountability partner.

General considerations

Claims about service quality

Every complaint regarding quality of service must be directed to [email protected].  Examples of reasonable complaints: When a student feels he is not being served, or the treatment he is receiving is not personalized, or he is not receiving what it was offered when registering.  Nevertheless, LEC reserves the right to judge the validity of such complaints and will make the final decision regarding action/response.

If the student has any suggestion or disagreement about the content of a 60-day course, he can send it to [email protected].  We are not stuck in our ways.  We know that there are good ideas out there.

Personal consequences

LEC is not responsible for the consequences when a student to puts into practice the suggestions of a mentor, or the content he learned through lessons, nor in his personal or professional relationships, nor loss or pain whatsoever.  A mentor will do his best to give advice suitable according to the circumstances of a student, but he cannot possibly consider or know all the variables of the student’s life.

Technology failures

LEC gives constant maintenance to its platforms and seeks to hire the best digital services providers to ensure the service is available 24/7.  However, LEC is not responsible for third party failures or technology used by the student.

When there is a failure or interruption in service, we will work to restore all as soon as possible, hopefully within 24 hours or less.

Cases we cannot serve

Some disorders are not amenable to treatment with this online counseling method.  Certain severe disabilities require up close and personal treatment. Therefore if the student has a record of serious psychiatric episodes, hospitalization, current dependence on alcohol or other substances, or he has been professionally diagnosed with any of the following disorders – borderline personality disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or uses chemicals prescribed to palliate psychiatric disorders, or schizophrenia or other psychosis – he must let the administration know before registering in order to allow us to come to a decision as to whether or not he should be allowed to enroll or to seek another type of face-to-face help.

This rule is not due to any prejudice against the mentally ill; rather it is to recommend a face-to-face service in his locale, or to offer him another type of face-to-face help available at LEC, according to his geographical location.

Any other diagnosed psychiatric disorder can be also an impediment for a student to continue being served in our online courses.