Galatians 5:16-21 (NKJV)
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.“
Notice what Paul by the Holy Spirit shared about these things. In particular, adultery, fornication (porn), uncleanness (extravagant immorality-escort), lewdness (unbridled shameless lust).
Sexual immorality always takes you further than you’re willing to go. To levels never imagined. If we give into to one level of sexual immorality, we find ourselves going further, and further.
But every lustful desire have a genesis. It starts out with perceived innocence and then leads you into places of no shame.
Sexual struggles is common in many believers. The urges and impulses within the flesh and the desire of the mind to be sexually satisfied. We call it a struggle but what is it. It’s only a struggle IF we’re found fighting against it for a season and when the mind is convinced that it will give us unspeakable pleasure, the struggle ends.
Look at what Paul said.
“The flesh lusts (wars/is hostile) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.”
It’s a constant battle and either one must win. And yes, the man that willingly desires to fulfill the lusts of the flesh and mind will succeed against the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is battling with your mind and is bringing every one of His resources to get you to see that you’re heading to violate the covenant relationship with the Lord.
Sin violates the covenant relationship and it breaks your fellowship with God.
When you’re convinced that a moment of pleasure is worth it, the Holy Spirit didn’t accept defeat. Here’s why?
Unless God requires your soul, He will return and give you 1 John chapter 1 and chapter 2:1-6.
The Holy Spirit wants to teach you how to gain victory over sin so you struggle with sin no more.
The struggle happens even after you have learned how to escape when the Holy Spirit teaches you. but you’ve learned to quickly respond to the Holy Spirit, as opposed to ignoring Him.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 is very clear.
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
In order to give in to sexual struggles, you have to convince yourself that the benefits outweigh the risks.
But what is the true risk?
Falling into sin. You see, Romans 6:23 is the payment.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When we believe we could get away with it, we’re not thinking about the wages. That’s how the pleasures of sin blind our minds. We give in because we’ve convinced ourselves that our salvation sealed us in such a way, that we practice unrighteousness with impunity.
We guarantee that while a person sins, there’s a 100% certainty that everyone looks over their shoulder.
Can you say with 100% certainty, that you got away with it? That God will not bring a charge against you? That’s God will “wink” at it?
The 10 Commandments is the “knowledge of sin.”
The only way to get 100% certainty is trusting in the shed blood of Jesus and your repentance.
But there’s also the willingness to depart from iniquity. Not continue to participate in it after repentance from dead works and faith towards God. Then living a sanctified life for the rest of your days.
What makes a Christian a Christian?
A clear departure from sin. But you can’t do this on your own, according to Ephesians 2:8-10 and Titus 3:5.
The absolute truth that you’ve been born again is a clear departure from sin, and obedience to the commandments of Jesus according to Matthew 7:21-29 and James 1:22-27.
In 1 John 3, we see that believers need to walk in this.
1 John 3:4-9 (NKJV)
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.“
When we see difficult passages like this that require more of us, it’s because we allow our struggles to talk us out of obedience to difficult passages that require more of us.
We easily surrender to the impossibility of this passage. But how come we say regularly that “with God all things are possible,” but we put a disclaimer on 1 John 3?
Is it possible to be born of GOD, and not sin?
Look at Proverbs 4:23 and 1 John 5:18-19.
The problem is what we allow and meditate on. We never focus on what the Lord requires of us that would cost us.
The other side is that we focus too much on our ability to produce without the help of the Lord. We do it with our own strength and power and in moments of weakness, we give in to our struggles.
Jesus said in John 15:5, “….without Me you can do nothing.”
The Holy Spirit gives us the grace that we need to run to the Savior and to His Word to overcome and have victory over our minds and flesh.
Self discipline is the ability of the believer to rely on the help of the Holy Spirit to control the flesh and mind.
Galatians 5:22-26 (NKJV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
When we work together with the Holy Spirit, the Lord will show us what we need to look for, listen to the Holy Spirit’s warning, and obey the Holy Spirit every time. When we choose to listen to the Holy Spirit every time, it’s possible not to sin.
But you have to be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit EVERY TIME.
James 1:14-15 (NKJV Strong’s)
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.“
Adultery and fornication happens in the houses of worship because believers walk away from the Lord, remove their armor, and suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
This cuts to the chase.
A variety of reasons are contemplated.
When I was in the world of porn, I used a number of excuses to justify it.
Sometimes, a person doesn’t know how wounded they are. Or, they just love the pleasures associated with sexual immorality. You don’t have to have something wrong with you to engage in sexual immorality.
The results is death as explained in the Scripture mentioned above.
Sexual sins could be used as medicinal properties to make a person feel good.
Dr. Archibald Hart shared that sex is used as a “pick me up,” or to “reward” themselves for a job well done.
Just because sexual immorality is used as a pick me up when you’re depressed, it doesn’t excuse it. Sin will be judged unless repented of. Also, it doesn’t prevent the consequential reactions.
Two lives have been joined outside of holy matrimony between one man and one woman. As an example to the world, believers are held to the standard of the Word of God.
When we deliberately fail the standard, the world will accuse the Lord and place the blame on the Lord and the Word as the problem. The Lord holds us all accountable and our death seals our fate.
But when you’re single, divorced, or you’re a widow or widower, loneliness sets in and a person looks for companionship. Some look for one night stands with multiple partners. Others look for established or experienced males or females (established meaning married).
Predation takes place with males and females.
But the place where it all begins is lust.
The eyes and the minds of people.
At anytime, the person could be aroused and then engage in targeting the person.
Attraction through seductive means.
They’ll continue to put themselves in the right place for the attraction to work. It’s like fishing. If the fish isn’t biting, they’ll go elsewhere.
But according to, I believe H.B. London, or another man of God, HALT.
When you’re HUNGRY ANGRY LONELY OR TIRED, you need to stop before you cross the line.
Usually, when males are looking for sexual connections, they’re aroused by who comes through the door. When women are looking for sexual connections, they dress provocatively, or they’re very flirty.
But lurking underneath these things is the ones that are hungry, angry, lonely, and tired.
When the target is acquired, all of the normal connections that usually happen in marriage happens in sin. It’s natural for courting, that leads to engagement or contemplation of marriage (without sex), and then marriage, and then sex.
But as believers, we must refrain from turning ourselves into a house of prostitution.
Finally, Paul gave us the solution regarding sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 7.
When it comes to selection of males and females, 2 Corinthians 6:14 is the standard for believers.
But if a believer finds and unbeliever, Paul gives his personal advice that could be considered.
1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (NKJV Strong’s)
“But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”
Please note that the hypothetical that Paul shares gives no indication that a believing person sought an unbeliever. I won’t get into the line by line teaching of this passage, but it appears that they were already together.
I would err on the fact that it’s best to find believers that are compatible spiritually, and mentally. The sex part is common. It’s the spiritual and mental compatibility that will always be the issue.
As Amos 3:3 tells us “How can two walk together except they be agreed.”
So folks, adultery and fornication could be avoided by living for the Lord first, never surrender to satan by falling into temptation, keeping your heart with all diligence, keeping the armor of God on, and filling your heart with God’s Word.
Talk and pray with your strong saints and avoid places and things with sexual content.
1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.”
In many of our houses of worship, the flames are rising. We all know that single, divorced, and widowed people are flocking to the church. But many of them are burning with sexual passion.
1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (NKJV Strong’s)
“But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
But many don’t cross the line of marriage. They settle with having a one night stand. Men engage prostitutes, pornography and self gratification, commonly called masturbation. The same is true with women.
If we try to list some reasons why this is, we will miss some things however, as believers, we must refrain from the traps of the world and maintain our relationship with the Lord.
We must do things His way because the Lord has our best interests in mind.
To “remain” as Paul in being celibate, isn’t the route of most people so men and women have to cross the line and get married.
Sin carries a consequential judgment. The child of God breaks fellowship with God to engage with one moment of pleasure, and it’s not worth it.
David, though he had five wives, still engaged in adultery. In 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12, David was supposed to be overseeing the battle but remain in the City of Jerusalem. We all know the story. He committed adultery, fathered a child, David had Uriah killed in battle to cover his sin, and the Lord exposed him.
The child died because to let him live, it would have been seen as the Lord giving an endorsement to David’s depraved actions, and the child would have been heir to the throne of David.
According to Leviticus 20:10 (NKJV Strong’s)
“The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death.”
David and Bathsheba should have been judged, but the Lord in 2nd Samuel 12:13, spared David of death. Many will argue that the Lord violated His own law. No. The Lord shows mercy to whomever He wants to show mercy.
Adultery and fornication is a major problem in the houses of worship.
The easy solution is what Paul recommended.
When you can’t hold out, get married.
One male. One female.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Ravi Zacharias was probably one of the most prolific apologists of our times. He would say some tremendous things that really made you pay attention to see if you know your Bible as you should.
We were sadden to hear that Ravi Zacharias had passed away on May 19, 2020.
He was loved and adored for his ability, by the Holy Spirit, to exegete the Word and expound on passages of Scripture that many believers had problems understanding.
In just few sentences with insight from the Holy Spirit, passages of Scripture would unfold and come alive like turning on a light switch. His wisdom over the years have help many believers understand their faith in the Lord, and how to present a vigorous defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is missed.
When I heard of the allegations of sexual immorality of Ravi, I discounted it when he accused his accusers of extortion. It’s instinct because of the accuser of the brethren. So like many believers we’ve taken what Ravi said as face value because of his impeccable integrity. When a man or woman has unquestioned integrity, Paul calls it “blameless.”
In fact, when the world can’t find or assign blame on you, it gives them a good indication that their life must measure up. Billy Graham had that kind of integrity to abstain from the minefield of sexual immorality.
There’s no question that the world tried to trip Billy Graham up but because he put safeguards in place, blame on sexual matters never found a place. Obviously, there’s other areas where Billy Graham was vulnerable and suffered for it, like his admission on the Nixon tapes about Jews, and other things.
But in this area of sexual immorality, Billy Graham is blameless.
After Ravi shared his defense, I thought that it settled the account. Then after he had passed away of cancer, it shocked the Christian world.
Later we’ve learned of a NDA, which is a Non Disclosure Agreement.
Much like what Harvey Weinstein made all his women he had sex with would do to protect Weinstein’s reputation and protect him from lawsuits.
It caught up with Harvey and he’s currently serving a prison sentence.
When ministers of the gospel engage in adultery or other sexually inappropriate behavior, even when it’s online solicitation, private chat rooms, and rendezvous at far or near hotels, because of their international reputation, such accusations is immediately challenged until the parties no longer agree to remain silent.
Since Ravi Zacharias died of cancer, the details are now coming out.
Luke 12:2-3 (NKJV Strong’s)
“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”
A man of God must remain above reproach because when the accusations start to come, your integrity is all that’s left. Once you lose integrity you lack credibility. Once you lose credibility, you’re disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NKJV Strong’s)
“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.
Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Once you’re disqualified, there’s very little that one could do.
Many ministers, after they’ve sinned against the Lord and are exposed, they’ve lost their credibility and fight vigorously to regain it.
When I was in the world of pornography, the Lord warned me over and over again, until I exposed myself. I rationalized that if the Lord exposed me like He did David, I would be disqualified.
So I penned the book Secret Sexual Sins. It wasn’t as good as it could have been but I penned another book Secret Sexual Sins II, MOAB. It’s in this book that I reveal more about the sexual immorality infiltration of local churches.
One person put it powerfully, “If you expose yourself, you keep your job. If God exposes you, you lose your job.”
So in blogs, and podcasts, I began to put out my involvement in the vile sin of pornography and masturbation. Usually, and not with everyone, sexual addiction will take you to places that you thought you wouldn’t go. Keep you longer than you thought, and make you pay more than you’re willing to pay.
Millions of men and women are caught in porn and self gratification.
This isn’t to say that Ravi was a sexual addict. It’s highly unlikely. Paul admonished Timothy to remain pure, to be an example of purity before the people
You can’t tell people to be pure if you’re not pure.
As we reach the end of our journey, we want to be genuine and legit. We want to maintain our integrity and credibility. We want people to say at the conclusion of our lives that this man or woman of God maintained his or her integrity and is blameless.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV Strong’s) Paul said….“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ravi died of cancer.
Without much thought, I put two and two together.
Paul said “If we would judge ourselves we would not be judged.”
Many will say that Ravi wasn’t judged, but are you 100% sure?
It’s instinctive to push a narrative to save the personal reputation of people, especially when your ministry or business is involved in millions of dollars. And when you stand in front of people, they have a certain expectation of you.
When you lose your hard earned reputation, when people walk, money walks with them.
They look at your integrity, they believe you, and they put stock in your credibility. Once this is attacked, nothing but an ironclad defense will salvage it. The NDA provided that deniability that preserved some measure of his reputation.
As long as the parties remain silent, and pay a little money, the alleged incident remains hidden. And even if you violate that NDA, the other party may hold themselves to the agreement for fear of being that aggressor in the agreement.
The Lord loves us so much that exposure is the last straw. When we fail to listen, or refuse to listen to the warnings of the Lord, the Lord will uncover us. Not just to bring shame on us, but to ensure that we come back to Him in repentance.
Because the most important thing is not the salvaging of our reputation, but the saving of our souls.
You can conclude what you want from this, but Ravi left way too soon. But now, with these new reports, we can see why he may have left us too soon.
Not only. was he was involved with another woman online, he denied the allegations. According to the report, he became a predator.
In the book, “Betrayal Of Trust,” there’s two kinds of pastors that engage in sexual immorality.
“Wanderers and predators.”
A wanderer is one that engages a single time of adultery. A predator insists on repeating his or her offense. Their obsessed with the success of engaging in sin.
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.”
When you lose being afraid of God, it’s very easy to sin, but sin always come with a built in consequence. No one gets away with it. We’re given space to repent because the Lord is full of long-suffering, mercy, and truth. But when we insist, it’s a matter of time before the Lord see that He’s about to lose you.
Ravi may have repented and regained his rightful place in the Lord, but to ensure that the Lord doesn’t lose what He sent His Son to die for, sometimes, according to Isaiah 57:1-2, He takes the righteous.
He crossed the line and the woman sadly didn’t stop it soon enough.
The woman in question can share the blame because you don’t have to answer every email or go to the chat room. Silence is another way to declining further contact that opens up doors to sexual encounters.
When you’re engaging online, you have to have clear established boundaries. Failure to maintain those boundaries, leads only to consequences that damages the validity of the gospel, and brings shame to His name.
You could read of the account from Christian Post here
In my previous article, we know that sexually immoral women have lusting eyes for male pastors, but the opposite is just as true.
Sometimes it’s the combination of the two when sparks fly.
A number of things could be behind the motivation of a male pastor to commit adultery, or if he’s single, commit the sin of fornication.
But it always begins with lust in the heart.
All a male need is a firecracker to come into his mind. Or in his mind, he constantly fantasizes or sexually objecticize women, inside and outside the house of worship.
In the book, Betrayal of Trust, there’s two types of male pastors.
“Wanderers & Predators”
The wanderer strayed from his marriage and regrettably sinned against God, and violated his vows to his wife to remain faithful. He’s regretted the sin and returns to his wife, to remain faithful for the rest of the marriage.
Then there’s the predator. He searches for a vulnerable partner and usually he picks out vulnerable women that may be looking for male connections.
It’s not always the case though.
Some of them are emotionally unstable, and this, in and of itself, isn’t the only reason that they allow themselves to be duped by a male pastor, but it’s probably high on the list.
Like an animal predator that looks for the young or the weak, the male pastor does the same thing. He seeks out the immature women in the Word of God and smells the scent of hopelessness, unsure, insecure, always looking for support and direction, filled with despair, isn’t confident, is very dependent, and very unsuspecting.
He avoids the strong in faith women in the house of worship.
He uses flattering words, give small gifts, and gains the confidence of his target. As soon as trust is built, he takes things to the next level.
At first, his target will appear apprehensive and very cautious. She instinctively gives signals that this isn’t appropriate. But he’s done it before. Male pastor predators are patient, looking for that one moment of a break in her defenses.
But words are seeds, gestures are seeds.
She ponders these kinds of actions and as soon as he determines a crack in the armor, he makes his move.
His eyes makes contact, he makes subtle touches of the hand, the shoulder, the waist, the kiss on the cheek.
ALL THESE ADVANCES IS A SET UP AND IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL……..
Many vulnerable women made the mistake and drop their guard.
After it’s all said and done, a regrettable sin is committed.
He used you and things are different now.
But it never stops. It feels like you’re obligated because it goes from a one night stand to an ongoing immoral relationship that goes on for days, weeks, and months.
That feeling of obligation is a sexual tie, only validated by holy matrimony.
That feeling of obligation is an immoral invalid tie to that male pastor.
Genesis 2:24 (NKJV Strong’s) “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Notice what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:16-17 (NKJV Strong’s) “Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
So even if the pastor is married, the woman outside the marriage that engaged in sex with that pastor, established an illegal tie with that man.
When a woman expresses that they have “feelings” for that male pastor, when it’s solidified in the bedroom, the tie to him is immorally established.
This is where the woman must exercise caution and not be found in a place where a male pastor pursues an illegal immoral sexual relationship. Nothing good comes of this because sin is present.
Sin has consequences. And sin, in the end, leads to death.
If you’re about to be taken advantaged of by a male pastor, it’s best to seek the counsel of a wise, prayerful, seasoned in the Scriptures woman. Afterwards, it’s best to find another local assembly because if you remain there, he will make another advance.
It’s never a bad idea to SOUND THE ALARM.
Declare, in love and humility, what you know is the truth, and do that according to 1 Timothy 5:19-20.
If you seek to be slanderous, this is “sowing discord among the brethren.”
If you lie about it, all liars will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (see Revelation 21:8).
Sometimes, he will not take “no” for an answer.
He will do everything in his power to close the deal.
The devil operating in that immoral pastor is a smooth talker.
Don’t even tell him that you’re leaving the house of worship for another.
Just abruptly leave. There’s nothing in the Word that tells you that you have to stay when that male pastor made a pass at you. You know what’s next and there’s no sense in remaining in a place where a lot of people will get hurt.
Even when you’ve established good relations with other members of that house of worship, when a male pastor, or any male is making unwanted sexual advances to you, leaving is an option on the table that should not be suppressed.
Hebrews 13:4 and Revelation 21:8 is clear.
There’s no beautiful sunset.
If you’re single and waiting for a man to pop the question of matrimony, it’s worth the wait. If you’re married and your marriage has lost its spark, adultery with a pastor is not the answer.
The Scriptures is clear about holiness and personal holiness must be maintained on both sides of the pulpit.
Beware of the wolf’s eyes behind the pulpit.
“Be sober. Be vigilant.”
Sexual immorality abstinence.
Is Hollywood having a revival?
Well, Alyssa Milano is calling for a “sex strike” to protest the heart beat bill signed in Georgia and in other states in the United States.
The heart beat bill is simple.
If you detect a heart beat in the baby, you can’t have an abortion.
Of course there will be fights in the courts to challenge the Constitutionality of the law, but for now, it appears that the protest of “No Sex” works in the favor of anti abortionists.
Because it takes “two to tango.”
If a woman withholds sex from a man, apart from artificial conception, a woman can’t get pregnant.
So, no sex means, no fornication or adultery.
But let’s be real about this.
Most sexually immoral women won’t withhold sex.
Then you have prostitution which depends upon undisciplined, sexually immoral, stupid males to be seduced to spend money for sex.
Condoms are known to fail.
Sexually transmitted diseases, if everyone listens to Alyssa Milano, would decrease too.
Hospitals will not get any business of treating STDs.
Here’s another problem.
When prostitutes get pregnant, they (the pimp and the prostitute) depend upon Planned Parenthood and other lesser known abortion mills to take care of murdering the child and put the woman back on the street.
That is unless the prostitute take the RU486 pill to deliberately induce a miscarriage to kill the baby, or use other pregnancy prevention devices.
So those that will listen to Ms. Milano is clearly helping reduce child murder/sacrifice, STDs, and other maladies associated with abortion.
Please don’t think for one moment that I’m trying to change the course of their protest.
Biblical abstinence is the goal.
We all know that Alyssa Milano’s ploy is to gain attention to stop states from passing anti abortion laws.
You can read the story here
Many pastors and leaders face the fight of lust in the heart.
Paul tells us to “Flee also youthful lust.”
2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV Strong’s) “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
See, it’s not enough just flee lust, but you must pursue “righteousness, faith (moral conviction or fidelity), love, peace……
Most young pastors more than likely are struggling in their marriages because of lust in the heart. More than likely, a “flame” came into the congregation, and he set his sights on her.
It happens all the time.
On the other hand, that “flame” came in to passively hunt for the pastor.
The combination of the two takes place.
One is hunting for the other and eventually, adultery is committed.
Usually, the male pastor is sexually dissatisfied with his wife and looks to spice things up with another woman.
Or the events in the marriage came to a tipping point where the male pastor had enough. Events in a marriage does have an affect.
As I was sharing with a couple, you should never allow events in a marriage divide the relationship. Usually the disconnect is intentional and it’s just a matter of time before adultery is committed.
As I read this article from CP (Christian Post), I began to see that this young pastor struggled with personal obedience to his Lord and Savior. Obedience to the Scriptures.
The Lord Jesus told us that “If any man desires to follow Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
Lenard Ravenhill once said, that we “…came to His cross. Now get on yours.”
We must understand that lust must be kept crucified.
He shared that he couldn’t continue. Most stories like these end with the young pastor apologizing for not keeping the Scriptures he taught. For “faking it until he made it.” For living a hypocritical life. Then they depart, leaving a trail behind for the Lord to clean up.
Most people in these congregations that suffer in their marriages make for the exit. They were looking to their leader to hold fast to the Scriptures and then he makes an exit from his Lord.
Folks, the devil is not just after destroying marriages. He’s looking to make sure you spend eternity in hell with him.
We don’t seem to believe this anymore because we’re so detached from the fact that one day, we’ll stand either before the Judgment Seat of Christ as believers or stand before the Great White Throne Judgment before the Judge of all the earth as sinners.
The moment of self satisfaction in porn, masturbation, adultery, fornication, or homosexuality blinds us from the eternal consequences.
We ignore the dangers of judgment.
For this young pastor, it seems that he used means and traditional methods to address a situation in his marriage that many men and women experience.
Usually when we use counseling, books, and other tools to help us deal with a situation within our marriage, we seldom see their prayer lives, their obedience to the Scriptures, their love for Jesus excelling over their lust, problems, and marriage situations.
They no longer fight for their relationship with the Lord and their wives but easily give in to lust.
The god in their lives commands that they walk away and not fight, and these young male pastors obey. Some obey quickly.
Years ago, I shared that many will fall. And it won’t be the last.
Fighting lust is very tough.
And all it takes for man to fulfill his lust is when a flaming hot young lady walks in the door of the congregation. Or he searches for a flaming hot young lady, willing to sexually satisfy his flesh.
One moment of pleasure isn’t worth an eternity in hell.
Behind every hot flame is a pack of demons of lust.
To destroy or frustrate the plans of a flaming hot sexually immoral woman is to avoid them at all costs. The moment you intend to create an opportunity of contact for connection, is the moment all bets are off.
You avoid them by returning to the Lord in prayer and fasting, seeking the face of the Lord every moment. By cutting off every angle of attack when they make the move to get close to you.
When they want to “see the pastor,” you send your wife or a trusted elderly saint to run interference. You put people in place to protect the zone.
You never put yourself in a position to be ambushed by their schemes.
You never counsel them alone.
Let them walk away frustrated.
If you’re looking to get into sexual trouble, we pray that the Lord would interfere with your plans to sin against Him. If you look to circumvent His intervention, it will be to your own peril.
It takes a solid prayer and Word life to recognize that the plans of the devil is to destroy you.
This young pastor made a reversible choice.
For now, he chose to depart but he can return in repentance.
But you fight to stay pure and holy before the Lord.
Fight to stay right with the help of the Holy Spirit.
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Many of you may have heard of “Face To Face.”
David E. Kelly claims to have seen Jesus in a face to face encounter.
Notice the picture of “Jesus.”
It’s a dead give away.
I’m not saying that this photo or any photo that David E. Kelly uses is an actual photo of Jesus.
Most people post these and other photos which is complete error on their part to attract the gullible.
Only the gullible will be duped by this false prophet.
There’s also some pictures on his FB page and website of clouds that appear to have a face in them and the beholder is duped into thinking that this is Jesus.
The Bible is clear.
1 John 4:12
“No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”
No one living today knows what the Lord looks like outwardly.
Especially when the Bible says, 1 John 3:2 (NKJV Strong’s) “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Many people will ignore these Scriptures and that’s where the danger is.
If David E. Kelly were serious, he wouldn’t post these pictures to deliberately mislead people.
But first, it’s all over the Internet that Vicki Yohe, a Christian singer, appeared on YouTube to explain a serious situation involving sexual immorality between her and David E. Taylor for 16 months.
Some of you may be familiar with David E. Kelly.
He gave a deposition regarding using ministry money for unlawful personal purposes. His answers were very crafty and questionable.
Now we’ve seen this before when another false teacher talked about angelic visitations while involved in adultery. He performed these sins even while well known Christian leaders were on stage, endorsing his ministry.
His name is Todd Bentley.
The saying goes…..“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
When you hear strange doctrines coming from people, if you don’t know your Bible and the God of the Bible, it’s very easy to be deceived.
And that’s not all.
More likely than not, sexual immorality is closely associated with it.
The point is simple. When there’s strange doctrines involved, sexual immorality will be closely associated.
Peter said these words in 2 Peter chapter 2 and verse 14….“…having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.”
In a recent video of David E. Taylor, he claims to be saying that pastors are speaking against his “divine ministry.”
People need to put their big boy pants on and keep it moving. If someone speaks against your ministry, welcome to the club.
You don’t have to act possessive and childish.
That’s the difference between His Kingdom and your empire.
Throughout his discourse, there’s no denial of the allegations of being sexually involved with Vicki Yohe. Usually, if there’s false allegations, a person will defend their integrity.
To be charged with adultery, or with any kind of sexual immorality like porn, masturbation, prostitution, homosexuality, etc., when you’re involved in a very “powerful” ministry, you would do everything in your power to defend yourself against the charges, IF YOU’RE INNOCENT.
Instead, we see people use the same spiritual cliche’s that are hollow.
“If you speak against me and my powerful ministry, God will get you.”
The sad thing is, we all know that people have walked away from his “ministry.”
What also tends to happen is that he will do everything in his power to stop the bleeding. He’s being attacked. So, he is counter punching. It’s not that he’s being attacked.
He’s being EXPOSED.
Now regarding his claim of “visitation” of the Lord Jesus in a face to face encounter, it’s clear to me that the Lord does appear to people from time to time, but if such divine encounters occurred, it’s so sacred, that people will have a marked changed about them and they will more than likely not advertise the encounter.
In Vicki Yohe’s YouTube video, if memory serves me correct, she accused David Kelly of being involved with another woman and he dumped Yohe. If this is true, if you’ve had an encounter with the Lord Jesus, you would NEVER engage in conduct that would bring questions to your walk in the Lord.
True ministers of the Lord are more concerned about the integrity of their relationship with God than with their ministry. In fact, more often than not, a minister can do without ministry.
You love the Lord more than the “ministry.”
So David E. Kelly’s claim to have had a Face To Face encounter with Jesus, if these allegations are true, are very suspect at best.
Then you have the very words of Jesus Himself in Matthew 24, verse 11
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
Matthew 24:23-28 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
Did you notice the two places that Jesus mentioned that false prophets will use to attract you to them?
Look…Here is the Christ.
Look…There is the Christ.
Look…He is in the desert.
Look…He is in the inner rooms.
These two places, the desert, and inner rooms are locations.
The desert is dry and the inner rooms are overt and covert secrets.
David E. Kelly said in one video about an “elite anointing.”
No such thing in the Bible.
They all begin with “Look.”
In order for you to look, you have to believe what they’ve said they’ve seen.
Always take with a grain of salt those that said they’ve seen the Lord and then they tell you to come and “look.”
Has anyone noticed that no one says that they’ve seen satan?
We must remember that people are hungry for a spiritual encounter with the Lord but they’re looking in places where Jesus isn’t there.
Here’s another thing.
They always have “spooky music.”
Most keyboardists know that “stringed” instruments pull on the emotions of people and they become more open to “spiritual” things with the right keys and chords.
Personality people on stages can’t do without it.
Music is a power few don’t resist.
But here’s another thing.
It also disarms the unsuspecting, if you yield, you surrender common sense, you disarm due diligence in investigating these hucksters, and once they do these things, they completely abandon the correct teachings of the Scriptures.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NKJV Strong’s) “…for the time will come when they (believers) will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
In one video, where David E. Kelly was talking, while some may feel bad about him, we should feel even worse for the ones that were on the stage behind him.
It breaks my heart to look at people being deceived.
But the houses where there’s full of people, Proverbs 14:15 is all over the place.
If there’s ever a time we need to be even more discerning, it’s these times. But it’s a clear moment that we all should be aware of.
The coming of the Lord is imminent.
False prophets are rising with more frequency.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:13 (NKJV Strong’s) “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Take the time to investigate their fruit.
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV Strong’s) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
So at this time, it’s best to declare “Face To Face” as a very suspecting event and to steer clear of things like this. You can get more watching a man milk a goat than a man speaking great swelling idle words.
It’s when a person had their sin exposed that you would find them contrite and broken in their hearts for departing from the Lord and entering into sin.
A person will do one of two things.
If he’s innocent, fight the charges.
If they’re guilty, “Godly sorrow that works repentance, leading to salvation…”
Regarding David E. Kelly, we’ve seen him fight the charges but when you use a lot of spiritual cliche’s that we’ve heard before from other personality false prophets caught in sin, it’s clear that something isn’t right.
What is David E. Kelly also fighting?
To keep getting PAID.
If the money stops, you have to work for a living.
Paul said, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”
You can’t sit a false prophet down. And you can’t make a false prophet sit down.
Ladies. Learn to guard your heart according to Proverbs 4:23.
Learn to be a lot more discerning and not allow yourself to be captured by the smooth words of a false prophet.
Sadly, Vicki Yohe got taken because many women that are gullible.
Ladies, don’t be another victim.
If you’re thinking about getting close to a man of God, if he’s married, you have no right even thinking about it.
Keep your heart clean.
If you see a ring on him, walk away from him.
It’s not worth the fires of hell for one moment of pleasure.
A politician will do anything for votes, but when you find out that he lives with his “girlfriend,” that is not his wife, it’s fornication.
John the Baptist spoke to Herod and Herod believed that John was a righteous man. Herod knew that John was right. Herod and his new wife, Herodias, were in an adulterous relationship. No doubt she was furious and steaming mad. She wanted to have John killed so Herod put John in prison (see Matthew 14:1-12).
I know there is price for speaking the Word of political power but we all know what this leads to. A suppression of the truth that endangers preachers everywhere. We know well the risks but we must remain obedience and avoid turning the other way. We must not refuse to point sin out to save our necks.
It’s not coincidence that sexual immorality is connected to this. So it is very easy for Cuomo to advocate for homosexuality when you are a practicing fornicator.
So there has been much said by misguided people that we “can’t legislate morality.”
Well, look at the world “legislating immorality” at will, and daring anyone to preach righteousness.
Well, Mr. Cuomo, the Bible is clear. You are living in sin. Repent.
You are legislating immorality. Repent.
You are attempting to silence the voice of God and His Bible. Repent.
“For we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God unto salvation.” Romans 1:16
If people want to come out of sin, you can’t stop them. Millions have turned away from this perversion. And the LGBT camp themselves will tell you that no one is born as a homosexual. This lie has been refuted by lesbians and homosexuals.
Homosexuality is a sin of choice not a flaw of creation.
Sin came by the devil through man. Original sin did not come by or through God.
Therefore, even if you and other misguided politicians continue to legislate immorality, you can’t stop God and His Word. In fact, your own conscience is filled with the knowledge of God and it’s inescapable.
You are powerless to erase God from your mind. Even in hell, should you not repent, your very soul will remember God and His Word forever. Except it will be powerless to save, deliver, or set you free. The Lord is firmly Lord over all and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
You can legislate to silence our voices but as long as we have breath, you and all others will hear the unadulterated Word of God. This Word will be heard in all eternity, forever, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
You know full well that God is against the sin of homosexuality, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality, pornography, and masturbation. Your own conscience has already judged you. And you are already condemned (see John 3:17-36) and the wrath of God abides on you and others.
The only thing that is left is the formality of the eternal sentence issued by the Judge of all the earth.
And that goes for you to, Mr. Christie.
The story about the governor of NY could be read here.
“Finally, Zika reminds us that over and over nature is a formidable enemy,” he said. “We wish we knew more we wish we could do more. We know this is anxiety provoking for pregnant women and their families.”
Notice the phrase “nature is a formidable enemy.”
This is a direct source reporting on the new epidemic that is transmitted sexually.
While nature plays a role in infecting certain people around the world, we see that it cannot stop humans from engaging in illegal sex called adultery and fornication.
Now we are reminded that this disease can affect married couples that never engaged in illegal sex.
So what’s the point?
The point is simple. We know that people engage in homosexuality, bisexuality, fornication and adultery.
It’s a reminder that we need to abstain from sin.
It is also a reminder that these are the last days as the Lord Jesus told us.
Matthew 24:7-8 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Note Strong’s Concordance definition of the word “pestilence.”
g3061. λοιμός loimos; of uncertain affinity; a plague (literally, the disease, or figuratively, a pest):— pestilence (- t).
AV (3)- pestilence 2, pestilent 1;
pestilence a pestilent fellow, pest, plague
So if there is any question about the last days, look no further. Many more may be headed this way but it is a sign of the end times before the coming of the Lord.
As a note, earthquakes have occurred in Oklahoma on a regular basis. Japan has had an eruption recently. Nations are rising against nations. Just look at the on going battle in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and other places. Famine is still an issue around the world.
Jesus said that “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
The additional definition of sorrows is as follows……“the pain of childbirth, travail pain, birth pangs intolerable anguish, in reference to the dire calamities precede the advent of the Messiah.”
Like a woman that is about to give birth, these signs are upon us. Whether they are occurring rapidly or with varying intensity, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is happening just like the Lord said.
That’s what we should be paying attention to. Unmistakeable, undeniable signs that point to the coming of the Lord.
So if you are still caught in the web of illegal sexual activity, Revelation 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Hebrews 13:4, and Matthew 15:18-19 is looking at all those that run the stop sign of God’s Word.
This was posted on my FB timeline.
There was a man in a certain country that solicited the services of a prostitute. It would be his last sex sin. The paramedics had to place his dead corpse on a gurney with the living prostitute on top.
Evidently, his penis enlarged itself in her vagina and possibly rigor mortis set in where she couldn’t disconnect from intercourse. Or possibly, the man took viagra and blood settle in his penis, who knows?
But according to Proverbs 7, the prostitute, as an immoral woman, is the staircase, descending into the “chambers of death.”
Chambers is defined as an “apartment.”
This is where we get “prison cells” from.
This man committed adultery or fornication, died in bed, and went directly to his eternal “prison cell.”
Such a story resonates. But people will not listen. They will continue to seek pleasures rather than seeking God.
The Zika Virus story could be read here.
The dead elderly man still sexually attached story could be read here.
Brothers, watch where your eyes travel. Too much flesh on DailyMail.