FALLEN PREACHERS AND OTHER EMBARRASSMENTS

Jn4:13,14- Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.

You ever get tired of hearing stories about fallen ministers? It really brings a reproach on the gospel and is quite an embarrassment to Christians. The reasoning goes something like this, “if it doesn’t work for this great man of God how can I stay pure?” Or maybe like this “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites. Everyone sins.” Just recently another major minister resigned from his ministry with a string of indiscretions following after him. What is the reason for these renowned ministers not being able to live the basics as a Christian?

I have pastored almost 40 years now and I think I can answer that question. Preachers are human too. All of us can get off track if……. if what? If we are finding our happiness and worth in our accomplishments. Today’s verse says it all, our joy comes from intimacy with Christ alone, nothing else can satisfy. If you are a minister looking for contentment in the greatness of your ministry it’s only time until you too are another sorry statistic. Here is a famous quote from Augustine that will help answer this dilemma.

“During all those years [of rebellion], where was my free will? What was the hidden, secret place from which it was summoned in a moment, so that I might bend my neck to your easy yoke? . . . How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose! . . . You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. [There’s the key phrase and the key reality for understanding the heart of Augustinianism.] You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure , though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves. . . .O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation.”

So this is a word for ministers as well as mature Christians, look to Christ alone for satisfaction. Learn how to drink deeply of this living water. If you do Jesus says you will never thirst for satisfaction anywhere else.

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