KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinth 9:27 WEB” but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected”
Another area that has been a waterloo for most ministers causing their downfall is illicit relationship between the opposite sex. There have been some cases of same sex acts. This one is abnormal and an abomination. This issue of the opposite sex sins is very unfortunate yet goes on among many. There are some who claim that the patriarchs and people of the old testament married more than one and had concubines. We in the new testament era are in a different and better times. The scripture clearly said a minister or shepherd must be a man of one wife. 1Timothy 3:2 WEB “The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;”
The shepherd or pastor cannot marry more than one wife, neither can he have any concubine. It is a sin to do so. Some pastors have their wives at home and they go about with another lady who is not necessarily a minister in any form. Why do some ministers behave this way? Some have misunderstood the message of God’s grace, and so instead of walking in the Spirit by the grace of God, they walk in the flesh by works, claiming it is grace. You cannot walk in grace and not live in the spirit (Rom 6:14). Anyone living in the flesh(sin) is not living in grace.
There are some Pastors who ‘fall’ into the sin of Fornication and others who ‘jump’ into it. Well, whether you fall or jump into it, it is sin anyway. To jump into it, is to willingly and meditatively commit it. The challenge with such a one is that he is enslaved by the sin, whiles the man who falls into it is not enslaved and can easily stop it.
The truth is that no minister or better still pastor must fall or jump into the sin of Fornication. The provisions of divine grace and the demand of that office does not give any grounds for fornication. Consider the following questions very seriously. Who do you associate with? What do you watch? What do you read? Finally, what do you meditate or think about? If you rightly answered these questions then you are free from fornication.
Father, I pray for any pastor struggling with the sin of Fornication and other immoral activities. Open his eyes to the truth so he may be free.
Philippians 3:18, 19ISV” For I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of the Messiah Their destiny is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on worldly things”.
Romans 12:1, 2 ISV. I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.