To be honest with you I really hate this topic. It’s painful to talk about. It’s nasty to deal with. It’s messy!
There is no good that comes from a pastor’s fall! None.
Sin is messy. We leave damage all around us when we think secret sin can be committed without penalty. But out of our sin comes nothing but broken churches and destroyed families and abandoned faith. This sin is probably one of the devil’s best victories in any church. It destroys far more than we even know as we try to clean up the damage.
In our own experience I have seen the “domino effect” happen as others have emulated the pastor’s deed and think because he did it they can do it as well. As a result more families are destroyed. Faith is compromised. Obedience abandoned.
Sin is messy. We will never find happiness disobeying God. Never. It’s simply not possible. It’s never been done and we won’t be the first. In a pastor’s sin, whatever the reason, a cascade of lives are damaged, faith eroded, churches made impotent and much more.
Words escape me to describe this in a way that would make a pastor respond, “Well, if it’s that bad it’s just not worth it!” But the devil is much smarter than we are. Much more cunning. He looks for our weakness and attacks there. For some reason we believe his lie, although we should know better, and because of the lie many fall.
Sin is messy. So far, in my short 62 years, I have never, not once, seen good come from sin. But some would quote Romans 8:28 to me as I say that, I can hear it already. What that verse speaks of is God’s great work in spite of our sin, not because of it.
Church, know this because it’s true and will always be true- You will never find happiness disobeying God. It won’t happen…no matter how pretty she is, no matter how unhappy you are, no matter how much you love her, no matter how depressed you are.
Solomon, the son of David, wrote of men who make these choices in Proverbs 5-7. In the middle of these thoughts he described a man who lacked sense and the result was what many have seen in the lives of their pastors; sin, failure, lust, broken lives. The words of Solomon should be a clear slap in the face for anyone thinking “they won’t get caught.”
As you can tell I’m rambling a bit in this entry. These thoughts are a culmination of seeing way too much, being way too tired of it all. When will we realize that God is much more interested in our obedience than he is in our happiness? What we fail to realize is that if we will live a life surrendered to his will we will find happiness. He will make sure of that, but sin will never discover it. It’s simply not on that path.