The recent Ashley Madison hack and the sin that it has exposed is big news.
One journalist estimates that at least 400 church leaders have resigned or will resign this Sunday, after being exposed as subscribers to this online adultery site.
When believers and church leaders disobey God’s commands, it has devastating consequences on themselves and the ones they love.
God forgave King David for committing adultery and then ensuring Uriah’s death (2 Samuel 12:13) after David repented, but David still faced serious consequences in his life because of this sin (2 Samuel 12:9-12,14).
This kind of failure in church leaders also has devastating effects for those who looked to them as leaders and for the unbelieving world as well.
We Christians, and especially those in church leadership, are called to be witnesses to the world of the power of Christ. We have a high calling to reflect his righteousness – which we are able to do through the sanctifying power of the Spirit.
When believers and church leaders participate in such sin it gives unbelievers reason to blaspheme God (2 Samuel 12:14). Church leaders that do not live up to the standards God has called to them can no longer be in a position of leadership (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1).
One of the church leaders exposed was Josh Duggar, who formerly worked for the Family Research Council (FRC). Megyn Kelly asked FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, to answer to the accusations that organizations like his are just hypocritical.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okbl2nu_0jU
As Tony says, it’s true that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, including believers. But the power of Christ gives us the ability to obey God’s righteous commands, rather than the sinful flesh.
“By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4).
When we walk by the Spirit, we still aren’t perfect (yet), but God’s power enables us to obey the righteous requirement of the law. We can live righteously by the Spirit.
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