We have established in previous posts the primary target that pastors are to the enemy. However, out of all the areas of sin pastors can be tempted in by the enemy, which one does the enemy focus on the most? Which one does the most damage? Out of all the destructive results that come from a pastor’s sin, which one maximizes the enemy’s purposes?
It is the sin of sexual immorality.
Think about it. What other powerful tool of sin does the enemy possess that proves time and time again to be so destructive? What other single sin can destroy a man’s marriage, ministry, and church as well as bring reproach upon the gospel of Jesus Christ like one single swoop of an inappropriate relationship that a pastor has with another woman.
I had a harsh reminder of this recently as I received word of another promising, extremely gifted, young man who had to leave the ministry over an inappropriate relationship with another woman not his wife. How clever is our adversary? How cunning are his ways? He knows this accomplishes his purposes more than anything else. And guess what…
Pastors…he is coming for us. He is focused on us. Treat this matter as if the enemy has dedicated his very existence not just to cause you to fall, but to do so in a way that destroys all you hold dear. Yet, greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. We have victory over our enemy through the person and work of Jesus. However, this does not mean we can let up on our resolve to fight this enemy of our soul.
Therefore, dear brothers and fellow pastors, the enemy is coming for us. He cannot take our soul, but if he catches us in a vulnerable position and we are too proud to have men around us to help protect our marriages and ministries, he can take so much from us. Guard carefully. Fight tenaciously. Always declare every day of faithfulness you walk in as a gift of grace from our Lord Christ.
Lord Jesus, keep us all steadfast in faithfulness!