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Moral Failures in the Church

Moral_failure_711203386 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, 

[6] Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, [7] casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. [8] Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. [9] Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. [10] 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.

5 Comments on "Moral Failures in the Church"

  1. Deb C says:

    Adam and I have so many safe-guards in place to protect our marriage and our family. He is never allowed to talk on the phone to a woman, have a meal with a woman or talk with a woman behind closed doors (thank you Jesus so much that he works solely with men on a submarine but trust me….temptations are everywhere). I am not allowed to talk to a man on the phone (even the spouse of a close friend) and I am never allowed to have a meal with a man. Even though we trust each other completely, these rules are for security and for the protection of our integrity. I sure wish more people would see that “rules” are God’s way of protecting us from deep hurt. I cry EVERY time I hear about affairs especially within the church. It should be our safe haven…our place of ‘safety’ from the rest of the world….
    we’ll be praying for everyone involved in this awful situation! Thanks for posting Mike

  2. Donnie Paschall says:

    A harsh reminder that none of us, and let me emphasize “NONE OF US,” are above this! We as men, especially leaders in our churches must build fences around our lives, establish accountability with other men, and go hard after our wives. Too much is at stake gentlemen. Stay close to the Cross and stay clean!

  3. Deb C says:

    well put Donnie!

  4. Matt Davenport says:

    Paul said that “We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds”. Jesus said ” That if we look upon a woman with lust in our heart that we have committed adultery”. My point is that this problem starts with our minds and hearts,mine included, and we should be on guard with our thoughts and pray that we don’t enter into temptation…by the way ,,,this is not easy,,it’s hard..Paul said he “fought the good fight”,,,nothing easy about fighting,,Deb’s family has the best solution for this problem,,Men,we need to pray and fight the good fight.

  5. Deb C says:

    I wanted to add one more thing: we just recently “cleaned out” our FB lists of friends to delete people of the opposite sex that could potentially pose a threat to our marriage (let the Holy Spirit guide you through this one and He will make it known which people probably aren’t a good idea to be “friends” with. Yes, people get their feelings hurt when you block/delete them from FB but my marriage is the #1 earthly relationship I have and I WILL fight for it.

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