More Intimate With Jesus – Less Intimate With The World

What does Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, Ted Haggard, Lonnie Latham, Paul Barnes, and Billy James Hargis all have in common?
Ministry scandals!
Those few names are just the tip of the iceberg of a list that keeps on growing.
There have always been con-artists and charlatans that want nothing more than to separate you from your money; but there are also genuine ministers of the Gospel that believe in the word of God and yet cannot escape the stronghold of sin in their lives.
This recently came to light when I was told of some indiscretions with someone that I know.
I am now attentive and wary of this person but must also be in prayer for them.
Why do such things happen to men and women of God?
God’s word says in Eph 6:12 – we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The battle of morality is not against other people, it is a spiritual battle.
The spiritual battle cannot be fought with weapons of knives and guns but must be fought with that which only God can provide.
Paul says, “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Rom 8:7-8
The carnal mind will not allow itself to come under the subjection of God.
Only a total saturation of Jesus can help.
The more intimate you are with Jesus, the less intimate you will be with the world.
Though there are some that will always try to find fault with innocent ministers in order to bring them down, there are also those ministers that are at fault and are carnal.
I am not saying that I am perfect though I may say I haven’t done this sin or that sin.
I don’t think God is interested in what I haven’t done; He is concerned with what I have done.
You can do your part to protect your pastor, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and youth ministers by familiarizing yourself with the word of God and praying for them.
Hold them accountable according to the word.
Let’s see a healing on the testimony of the church.

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