THE CONSEQUENCES OF MORAL FAILURE
"It is God's will that I should be sanctified: that I should avoid sexual immorality" (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
Whenever I feel vulnerable to sexual temptation, I find it helpful to review the consequences my action could have:
This material is adapted from a 1998 "Leadership" magazine article by Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspective Ministries and is personalized for my own use and personal impact.
- Grieving the Lord who redeemed me.
- Dragging His sacred Name into the mud.
- One day having to look Jesus, the Righteous Judge, in the
face and give an account of my actions or, should I continue in sin and
fail to repent, facing the Father in the great White Throne Judgment
and spending eternity in Hell.
- Following in the footsteps of those people whose immorality
forfeited their ministries and caused great disrepute to the Cause of
- Inflicting untold hurt on Brooksyne, my best friend and loyal wife, and severely jeopardizing my marriage.
- Losing Brooksyne's respect and trust.
- Severely impairing Brooksyne's call to ministry.
- Hurting my beloved daughter, Ester.
- Destroying my example and credibility with my daughter, and
nullifying both present and future efforts to teach her to obey
God ("Why listen to a man who betrayed Mom and us?").
- Setting an example I would never want my daughter to follow.
- If my blindness should continue or my wife be unable to forgive, losing my wife and my daughter forever.
- Causing shame to my family ("Why isn't Daddy a pastor anymore?").
- Losing self-respect.
- Creating a form of guilt awfully hard to shake. Even though God would forgive me, would I forgive myself?
- Forming memories and flashbacks that could plague future intimacy with my wife.
- Wasting years of ministry training and experience for a long time, perhaps permanently.
- Forfeiting the effect of years of witnessing to my unsaved
loved ones and friends and reinforcing their distrust for ministers
that has begun to soften by my example but would harden, perhaps
permanently, because of my immorality.
- Undermining the faithful example and hard work of other Christians in our community.
- Bringing great pleasure to Satan, the archenemy of God and all that is good.
- Heaping judgment and endless difficulty on the person with
whom I committed adultery and bringing great harm, perhaps destruction,
to her marriage and home.
- Possibly bearing the physical consequences of such diseases as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, and AIDS; even death.
- Possibly causing pregnancy, with the personal and financial implications, including a lifelong reminder of my sin.
- Bringing shame and hurt to the Church, my denomination and fellow pastors.
- Causing shame and hurt to my many friends, especially those I've led to Christ and discipled.
- A major emphasis in my life has been in "staying connected"
and seeking to have a lifelong impact on the lifes of those I minister
to. What a terrible example I would be to many.
- I have spent nearly 10 years now on this Daily
Encouragement ministry and along with Brooksyne we have the great joy
of touching many all around the world. This would be severely impacted
- Becoming a stumbling block to those in my present church,
creating mistrust and suspicion for all future ministers they will have.
- Invoking shame and life-long embarrassment upon myself.
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Personal Mission Statement:
"I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ
I have been redeemed and I make it my life's goal to please the Lord.
My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and
to prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity.
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