How Long Does it Take for Sin to Screw Up Your Life?

May 6, 2009 — Leave a comment

I just read a great article by Todd Rhoades on Ministers and sin.  It was a great reminder to me of the importance of purity and accountability in ministry.

Here’s an excerpt:

Originally published on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 7:05 AM
by Todd Rhoades

I’ve been contemplating something for some time now. Here it is: How long does it take sin to totally screw up your life?

OK… here’s where I’m going with this one: One day you’re a prominent pastor. The next you get caught with a male prostitute allegedly buying crystal meth. One day you’re a pastor, looked up to by your congregation. The next, you’re caught buying and selling pornography on the Internet. One day, you’re a beloved pastor with a beautiful wife and family that you adore. The next, you have an affair with a woman you’re counseling. One day, you’re a youth pastor with a loving wife and young kids. The next, you’re caught exposing yourself to someone in a park.

Here’s my thing: I don’t think huge sins happen in one day. Tell me if I’m wrong, but you don’t go from ok to exposing yourself in one day. You can’t go from everything being hunky dorey with your wife and family to the next day getting jiggy with someone you’re counseling. And you surely don’t go one day from being happily married to buying a male prostitute and experimenting with drugs, or selling porn on the Internet…

Yet, we hear stories like these everyday.  Another respected pastor gets caught with his pants down.  I’m tired of it.

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