I am so tired of seeing people fail – especially the leaders of God's Church. Moral failures among followers of Jesus makes me angry because it's just another black eye on the church, Jesus glorious Bride. Sexual immorality in the church is another blemish to something that God sees as precious and is meant to be beautiful.
The other day I heard the news of yet another Pastor failing in the area of sexual integrity. The only reason I actually share the link is that YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THIS sad post. I want you to see the hurt and humiliation. I want you to put yourself in this man's shoes. I challenge you to take a moment and imagine the hurt his family is feeling. This man pastored an amazing church where hundreds of people have found Jesus – I want you to imagine the extreme pain his church is experiencing.
I'm not calling down fire on this dude, rather I'm hurting for him. When I read this I felt as if this hit close to home and seriously teared up; I felt as though it happened to a good friend. Though I've never met him face-to-face he has helped Vertical Church tremendously and for that we will be forever greatful.
This didn't have to happen.
People of the church (especially the men of Vertical Church): Do not let yourself go down the slippery slope of sexual immorality. Moral failure doesn't begin with an affair – it begins with what you call harmless flirting. I BEG YOU TODAY: if you are toying in the area of flirting with the opposite sex, STOP NOW!!! If you have gone further, REPENT, get somebody in your life that can hold you accountable and run back to the place of safety under the hand and authority of God and His church.
Leaders of Vertical Church, please hear your Pastor: Do not put yourself in a position of temptation. Make sure to do everything within your power not to be alone with a person of the opposite sex who is not your spouse no matter what. I know it might be weird and might make you take a stand but protect yourself from all appearance of evil. Never forget the possibility that in a moment of weakness you could find yourself someplace you NEVER intended to go.
I close by sharing a scripture that is ever present in my mind and heart and I pray that you will carry it closely as well,
 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:6-10 ESV)
I share this out of love for you all. Let's finish strong and bring honor and glory to Jesus as the Bride of Christ, the Church.