Although I don’t have the strongest confidence in The Barna Group’s ability to produce critically unbiased surveys, this is, no doubt, a troubling trend within the church today. The proliferation of online pornography is bound to make inroads into the church via unwary individuals who are careless about their online surfing habits. But we cannot blame the pornographers. If there was no demand they wouldn’t be in business. It is well known that men are stimulated by visual images. That is just the way God made us. But does that absolve men from being drawn away by their own lusts? God forbid. Sin is present in our carnal bodies. The flesh seeks its own way. As Paul stated in in Philippians 4:8 we should devote our minds to higher things. This takes much discipline to achieve. Lust inducing images are everywhere in America. You will find them on television, at the movies, in billboard advertising, magazine advertising and more. One would have to wear a blindfold and be led around by the hand to avoid these images. So it becomes all the more important to seek help from The Lord. Psalm 119:37 I confess I was ensnared by this evil for years before the Lord delivered me. May God deliver us all from sin.
Does anyone have to point out the obvious? A Pastor? Sleeping with church members? That wasn’t bad enough? Lying by omission by withholding some rather important information; that he has aids? To say nothing about mishandling of church funds? Drug use? What is wrong with this picture? Is this “pastor” even a born again believer in Jesus Christ? The “fruit” of his “ministry” is pointing to a very different conclusion. Now only God knows the condition of this man’s heart, but I am surprised the church didn’t catch wind of the adulterous behavior. James 3:1 warns that those who are teachers will be judged by a stricter standard. How can a pastor justify breaking more than one of the Ten Commandments? May God have mercy when or if he truly repents.
One thing we should all keep in mind. Before we judge others too strictly, take a look at our own conduct and behavior. We are ALL fallen creatures, capable of sin at any moment. Praise God for his tender mercies toward us all.