Sexual Immorality and Love Of Money, Is A Real Threat To Pastoral Office
Ministers and pastors are like celebrities where slightest mistakes can lead to various issues. But what sins can kill the minister’s ministry?
First, we have to identify first what makes up a good minister. I already have written some articles about requirements and works of ministers and pastors.
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Under the qualification of pastors and overseers, you will see there that a minister, overseer, or bishop must be morally, socially, doctrinally and spiritually qualified so that he can effectively perform his duties and responsibilities.
But should a minister be perfect? Well, obviously, nobody is perfect and nobody can be perfect except the incarnated Christ. All of us however, is bound to desire and strive to be perfect. All ministers have flaws, they have strengths and weaknesses.
If you are a minister, please read this carefully as a warning. There are two deadly sins of a minister. It means that if you commited these sins, your ministry will be more or less, shattering until it drops down. There are several who survives the impact of these sins but they really suffered a lot from the consequences of these sins. Finally, these sins are the most common sins that you can see in the ministry.
Note also that I do not mean to say that a minister can commit more sins as long as it is not these sins.
First Deadly Sin: Sexual Immorality
Looking in our world, I think there is nothing more prevalent sin than sexual immorality. This has become the norm of our world today. As it once said that: HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. Empires in the ancient are pagan immorals. Included in their major belief is having orgies in the temple of gods and goddesses in order to entice them. And now the world is going back to these immoral practices.
Furthermore, the application of legality of divorce and its abussive use opens to more cases of immorality which are destructive to Biblical family relationship.
The Bible say that a minister should be a husband but of one wife. It just shows, that sexual immorality (I believe that even divorce) should not form part of the life of any minister.
In my personal observation, the ministries of ministers who commits adultery or any form of immorality inside their ministerial life were trampled after the sin has been committed. It is hard to believe a person who speaks against immorality yet committed such things.
Second Deadly Sin: Love Of Money
“The love of Money is the root of all evil (1Timothy 6:10).” I have seen pastors who get along too much with the finances of the church to the point that they are the one who handles and keeps the money collected from the offering. I cannot personally say that this is totally wrong. I know that there are still evangelical groups that practice this.
My only comment in that this is too risky. Personally, I really do not see any advantage for a minister to hold and keep the money collected from the offering. Even Jesus himself is not the one who keeps the money but one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot.
Keeping the money from tithes and offerings will open more issues that will eventually threatens the authority and respect for the minister especially if the money were not properly disbursed in the ministry,
The impact of these sins are detrimental to the ministry and can probably destroy your ministry. I do hope that ministers will try its best to avoid these sins. Rest assuredly these temptations will come to the life of ministers, but God gave us the power to resist evil (James 4:7). If we cannot resist the evil, then let us flee from it (1Tim.6:11).
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