There are many pastors that are under the power of perversion. Namely porn and masturbation. To break free is a very difficult thing to do but it has been done.
We must remember that there is nothing too hard for God.
Jeremiah 32:27 says,
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
There must be a willingness to come to the Lord without imposing upon the Lord the rules of how you would be delivered.
Notice Naaman, the Syrian commander.
2 Kings 5:9-14
“Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”
But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”
Many pastors make the rules by saying “I won’t tell anyone, I’ll just do the deliverance thing by myself.”
Or the pastor was caught committing adultery and they commit themselves to some form of imposed accountability. Only to return to the pulpit after a short time. They return too soon because in accountability, the heat is increasing. The deeper the questioning, the hotter it gets. To get relief from this form of accountability, they rush back into ministry.
As a side note, adultery wasn’t the last straw. Porn and masturbation became strongholds. As long as the accountability doesn’t touch these sacred cows, it’s a matter of time before he returns unrepentant.
Notice what Proverbs 18:1 says,
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.”
There is only one reason why a man isolates himself.
In the event of relapse, he can also keep it a secret.
Psalm 90:8 says,
“You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.”
The pattern of Naaman hits us all that are under the power of porn and masturbation. We issue to God the terms that are easy on the flesh and mind. Lurking within us is the hidden agenda to return to the vomit when the coast is clear.
Naaman wanted to be delivered of leprosy but he didn’t want to wash in the number one sewer in the land. Naaman knew that everything was thrown in the Jordan. But God knew that Naaman needed to be humbled.
The power of God is often received when a person humbles themselves.
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
We who are pastors do not like to be humbled.
Our pomposity will not allow ourselves to dip in a dirty river.
We must realize that the dirty river is cleaner than the leprosy of porn and masturbation.
Accountability requires getting in the river seven times. Fully immersing ourselves under the water where everyone else got in and were cleansed.
God’s power will only emerge after the seventh dipping.
If you are still making the rules, you are still under perversion’s power. Part of the self deception is the refusal to submit to God fully. You’ve cried tears to be free but those tears were only an emotional exercise depicting how sorry you felt for yourself.
2 Corinthians 7:10 says,
“Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.”
Godly sorry is serious sorrow. You’ve grieved or saddened the heart of God and you fully understand how God felt when you sinned against Him.
Submission to God starts right here. When you sense the grieving heart of the Father. You no longer feel sorry for yourself in remorse, but you now understand that God was grieved.
Godly sorry produces repentance.
It means that you now want to change your attitude of deliberate defiance to humility. You want the Father to forgive you as He has done thousands of times before, only this time, you are coming out of it to stay as a son.
Hypocrisy is a thing of the past and you move from hypocrite to son.
You no longer desire to walk in sin but righteousness.
You no longer fear accountability but you prepare yourself for the long road to recovery. Dipping in the river will not be a one night thing. After instant deliverance is determined maintenance. You set yourself to do what the Lord says no matter how long it takes.
You’ve experienced the instant miraculous power of God in being delivered. Now you must experience the miraculous power of God in maintenance of righteousness and true holiness.
Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.
That’s the last step.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Sanctification is progressive.
We work at salvation every day. Living the crucified life every day. We deny ourselves every day. We take up the cross every day. We die daily every day. If you haven’t died, you are still making the rules. The cross demands we give up life in sin to have eternal life in Jesus.
You’ve cut off the head of Goliath. The next stop is the cross.
This is where perversion is broken.