It’s part of the evil menu of satanic temptation.
Women that look to lure a holy man of God into the bedroom or hotel room which ultimately leads both of them down the steps into hell.
Many women feel that they are the victim all of the time. It is true that lusting pastors look to take advantage of an emotionally damaged woman but when you look at the other side of the situation, in her vulnerability, she will fall into temptation just as easily as a lust filled pastor.
While many will argue about it, it is clear that satan always look to use someone to trip up a pastor.
Especially holy men of God that is disciplined in the Word and the Lord.
And satan will use a perverted pastor to trip up a holy woman of God. This is a two way street.
What’s also lurking in the house of worship are homosexual plants. They too are on the lookout for lust filled same sex with people in leadership.
Sexual immorality is a critical sign of the last days. As Secret and Overt Sexual Sins increase in the world, where there is no discipline in the pastor and in people in the church, we will watch these things intensify. That’s why the pastor must take heed before they find themselves overwhelmed with sin.
It’s not worth going to hell over.
Being that this is the most prevalent sexual sin in the church that gets immediate attention, that is, seductive women coming into the church to take out a pastor or a pastor luring unstable emotional women, we see that we must institute absolute disciple to escape the corruption.
A male pastor, whether married or single, must enforce a strict discipline upon himself. We cannot stop women from coming to church, dressed provocatively. In most cases, we can’t prevent them from sitting in certain high visible places where there is a clear line of sight. We can’t prevent most after service contact or interaction between pastors and women.
Every male pastor is different. Some pastors allow themselves to be available to females for counseling and other forms of interaction. Some pastors interact with females after service during “meet and greets.” These seemingly innocent interactions are also potential seed planting grounds where “attraction and enticement” unsuspectingly takes its course.
If there is no caution, prevention, or discipline, it’s just a matter of time before innocent contact turns into deliberate sexual immorality.
But interaction and professional contact could be maintained.
Two elements must be discussed.
- Attraction to power.
- Attraction to beauty.
In many church services, the preacher is the main event. Sadly, his personality and emotional energy is an attraction to women. At the same time, some, not all women, preconceive in their minds what to wear to attract a pastor with her beauty.
A few years ago, I was attending a service and after the service, a young woman in a tight fitting, low cleavage, knee high dark blue dress walked up to a married elder in his church. He and I drove to his church that morning. I knew what this was. It was a set up. It doesn’t take much to see a trap walking.
How he handles his emotions after the service is the tale of the tape.
It is during these times that he is emotionally vulnerable. This is where he can forget that he just handled the Word of God. If he fails to maintain his holiness in the Lord, it is very easy to cross the line and engage in inappropriate behavior that leads to sexual sin.
The moments after the service is over is where he feels powerful. This is where the four “E’s” of ministry come into play.
It’s very easy to operate in the soul and transfer all that “power” into sexuality.
Male sexuality and male sexual drive is at its peak and if a man is not careful, it is not long before he will engage.
Let’s explain the four “E’s.”
When you have preached a message that is powerful, you feel that you are in an elite class or status. Top of the world, so to speak. This place of elitism is also called pride. It is there that women will applaud you or give you encouragement. Whether it is innocent or deliberate, you must guard your heart. This is not to put women down but it is meant to be on guard for the intent.
After receiving that “compliment” you feel empowered.
Like you are the most powerful man on earth.
Then you deceive your heart into thinking that you’re entitled to anything.
Then you operate in expediency – “(of an action) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral:”
So when James 1:14-15 is in operation, it spells doom.
How do you avoid this?
It all depends upon you.
To what lengths are you willing to go to protect what God gave you?
Will you be Joseph or will you be Job? Will you be Ahab or will you be Samson? Or will you be like Jesus?
Joseph escaped but he was in the right place taking care of Pharaoh’s business but in close proximity to Pharaoh’s wife at the wrong time. Job said that he never lusted with his eyes in the 31st chapter. Ahab gave himself over to Jezebel, even though he was married to her. Samson had lust in his heart. Jesus had sexual disciple among women.
So how do you avoid deliberate feminine seduction?
If you are a single pastor and women approach you, if you have a trusted elderly woman in the house, ask her to deal with the younger women in church.
Notice Paul’s instruction to Titus in the second chapter of this epistle.
Titus 2:1-5 “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
If the younger women insist that they see the male pastor, it is a signal that must not be ignored. Not every young woman is looking to “score” like men are looking to “score,” but it is best to err on the side of good judgment and as a male pastor, insist that she see an older woman for counseling.
Most pastors have female secretaries. This is where the most interaction gets very personal and close. And this is where the most trip ups occur. Depending upon the size of the church, the need for a secretary will vary but this is also the very place where more attention must be paid in terms of sexual discipline. Not every female secretary is looking to score. But when a lust filled pastor or secretary is vulnerable, they will attempt to take advantage.
It’s not always during church service that interaction is occurring. Seduction can happen during the week with staff people.
In closing, we need to pay more attention to our marriages if you are a married pastor. The enemy is looking to devour you and your family. It’s not just the pastor that the devil wants to destroy. The devil will destroy the mistress, the wife, and the kids. The devil is not satisfied until there is complete destruction. So be on your guard at all times.
If you are single, you need to pay attention to your surroundings and maintain your sanctification.
Otherwise, you are another sad story for others to read about.
1 Peter 5:8-9a “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…”
We understand the impact of this incident that potentially over 400 pastor’s would be revealed. However, sometimes we do not count on a pastor to commit suicide. Sadly, it may not be the last pastoral suicide for pastors with their names caught on the list.
We grieve for the family he left behind. They somehow have to pick up the pieces to understand the magnitude of his Secret Sexual Sins and his suicide. Grace and healing is available from the throne of God. It will take time and we should understand that. No family speedily recovers from this tragedy. However, recovery and healing is possible. No one can ever fathom the loss, let alone the reason behind this tragic loss.
It is not safe to say that there would be no more pastoral suicides. Pastoral suicides has become all too common. We really do not know how many pastors commit suicide after such a discovery, but it is beginning to seem like there is no other reason. We know that the work load of a pastor, depending upon demographics, attendance, and counseling of people will take its toll.
Few know how to get away and get with God to recover.
Being a pastor places a strain on marriages.
While we do not know the inner details of their marriage, it is enough to say that every marriage is different. Dynamics are different and how to gauge the health of a marriage can only be done by the couple going through the marriage and what steps ministers and wives take to navigate the difficulties associated with marriage and ministry.
Sadly, the other end of the spectrum is that most pastors believe that they are indispensable. Or that they are super heroes and can save everybody while refusing to look after themselves. We are not saying that this is the reason, but it could be a vital part of the equation.
The other thing that is of grave importance is the pastor’s secret lives and their sexual activities outside of their marriages.
Secret lives include porn and masturbation, combined with acting out sexually with persons other than your wife, to be very specific. It underscores the importance to get before God to keep your heart clean, and to have “other eyes” on your life that you feel safe to let your hair down.
No pastor and his wife can do no wrong than to have someone to talk to and be transparent with to ensure that the devil has no place in their lives. Men are more vulnerable and too, they are more frightened to expose the secrets lurking in the hearts. It makes them feel less of a man and out of control.
But we should already know that God see us (see Psalm 90:8), and our secret sins are before the countenance of God.
The devil takes no prisoners according to John 10:10 and 1 Peter 5:8-9a. Therefore we should do everything in our power to keep our heart from traveling into the dark places. For in the dark places, no pastor can fellowship with God while walking with devils.
We pray God’s comfort on the family.
The story about this sad tragedy could be read here.
James 1:14-15 from the Amplified Bible says, But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.”
There were many times I felt that I would never break free.
Day after day, and night after night, the urges and impulses kept resurfacing as if my body and mind required it without thought. Breaking free was as hopeless as a sinner forever gives up on becoming righteous.
Hopeless is defined as “a feeling or causing despair or the complete loss or absence of hope.” In other words, a persons has self determined that there is absolutely no chance. He or she has abandoned all hope.
These tendencies usually lead to suicidal thoughts because the person wants to end it all. The pressure to quit by suicide increases and is then carried out. That’s because a person tearfully desires to be free of the feeling of hopelessness. That person is seeking relief from feeling bad about the things they do, or may have done.
Remorse and guilt, if not dealt with from the Word of God will lead a person to the cliff or the end of the rope……..around their neck.
This is the way the devil pushes people into eternity without Christ.
This is the way the mind of the individual works because they believe that they are not worthy of the love of God.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As long as you are alive, there is a chance to break free of porn and masturbation.
Your case is not the only case out there. You and I are in a group that isn’t exclusive. Secret Sexual Sins is not exclusive.
Billions of men and women around the world struggle with porn and masturbation every moment of every day. The media pushes these bondages everyday because of the money.
Paul said, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10a
It doesn’t take money to watch porn and masturbate because we have figured out a way to do it for free. The magazine stand, when men and women are walking outside going to work, lunch time. We look at television shows or movie theaters.
But when we want visual stimulation, then it is taken to another level with PPV, strip clubs, sports arenas, and other means of viewing. And do not think that church services are exempt. Certain women and men come with the deliberate intent to be seen. Or they quickly text for a romp.
Paul said in the book of Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is……..self discipline.”
Discipline is about the heart attitude towards God.
Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
All sin begins with the heart attitude towards God.
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Before you can make a decision to stop using your hands and eyes, the heart and mind must come into alignment with God and His Word. The love of and for God must be paramount, principle, and tops above everything.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”
The heart of man has made up it’s mind to have no other lovers, including loving yourself in porn and masturbation. You have sold yourself out to love God above anything and everything else.
The moment you sell everything that you have to have God is the moment that you set the course to be faithful to God. Then the mind follows. Your spirit instructs your mind to not think about illicit sex and your spirit man refuses to “…make provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.” (See Romans 13:14).
If you do not sell out completely to love God above your urges and impulses, above your hands and sexual organs to satisfy your sexual needs apart from marriage, to completely abandon yourself to the grace of God, you will watch flesh to masturbate. You must reach a place in this life where you love God more than porn and masturbation. When you do, you will find complete love in the Lord. Everything that you’ve ever wanted was in Him and not in solo sex or in a warm body of the opposite, or same sex in illegal sex.
The chain to sin sexually was broken on the cross. The death nature of the devil has no power over you because of the life, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. All you need to do is make a decision to stop, then enter into that place of loving the Lord, your God above porn and masturbation. When you fall back in love with Jesus and fall out of love with sin, the Lord will replace the loss with abundant grace, love, and power to overcome.
It takes courage and fortitude to walk out of the open prison door to freedom.
Courage to turn your back on a very close friend is treason. Up till now, porn and masturbation was your friend.
I’ve heard of a few stories of betrayal between homosexuals. They’ve had enough of the sinful lifestyle and returned to normal lives. Some even got saved by the Lord. They’ve betrayed their lover because they found out that what they were in was a lie. The satisfaction they were seeking was no where to be found. Each day, they fooled or deceived themselves into thinking that this is what they were missing in life.
Only to find out that the misery increased.
It’s a very difficult thing to turn your back on something that you forced yourself to believe in.
But you needed to be true and you made a break from Secret and Overt Sexual Sins.
For those of you that depend upon porn and masturbation, you thought that they were your best friends. Only to conclude that after it was over, you are feeling so bad about yourself that you needed a way out.
That’s the way sin is. It never leaves a person free. It always leads to bondage. And it always look to increase the madness. It doesn’t get better but it gets worse every day.
Romans 14:17 says “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
There’s never a bad feeling after spending time in the presence of the Lord. There’s never a hangover or residual negative affects after feeding on the Word of His grace. The love for and of the Lord, when experienced, can keep the hands off of the sex organs, and the eyes from straying into the objectification of flesh.
The price Jesus paid to free us was a price no one is able to pay. But He paid the price and we can walk away free forever. This is a promise fulfilled when Jesus was raised from the dead. He lives forever as our Heavenly Intercessor. For He ever lives to make intercession for us. Jesus can step in and work within you to keep your hands and your eyes.
But you have to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.”
You have to “cleanse yourself from the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
You have to “Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word that is able to your souls.”
When your heart and mind makes the quality decision to love the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH, your hands and eyes will be completely devoted to serve God according to Romans chapter 6. You will yield your members to righteousness.
This include your sexual organs.
Relapse will be a thing of the past when your love for God increases on a moment by moment basis. Living the crucified life demands that you “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.”
You do not take up the cross just carry it around. You take up the cross to die on it.
As Paul said in Colossians 3:5, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”
Are you willing to die to be free? And I do not mean that you go out and commit suicide. I am spiritually speaking here. But wait a minute. You said, “Crucify yourself.” Now I’m confused!!!!!”
To be in Christ means that you do not pay attention to temptation and sin anymore like a dead man can’t pay attention to the living. Dead to sin means that you do not respond to the call to sin. This is what Jesus and Paul meant. We ignore the urges and impulses while we respond to the Lord in obedience to His Word.
“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2.
Even as information is available everywhere to discuss this taboo issue, many wives have expressed disappointment and frustration over the fact that pastors are ill-equipped to address their husband’s porn and masturbation activities.
The answer is simple.
Pastors are ill-equipped for three reasons.
1. They’ve never studied the subject thoroughly enough.
2. They are secretly involved in porn and masturbation themselves (50% of pastors in America).
3. They refer the subject to worldly counselors and Christian counselors, specializing in this area.
I thank God for Pastor Roger Jamison, senior pastor of Sword Of The Spirit Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY for showing me where to get the information and he deserves much of the credit for this. A majority of these questions were posed to me by Pastor Roger. I’ve written down a few of my own to cover as much ground as possible.
I believe that every pastor should understand the very basics of this subject because sooner or later, a wife will come into the pastor’s study with questions. Sooner or later, a husband will come into the pastor’s study and ask questions to be delivered.
In many circles, deliverance ministry is often the way many pastors address the issue.
They anoint with oil, pray for them, lay hands on them, and then send them on their way.
Few realize that it will take this and one on one ministry over a long period of time.
Sexual immorality is a very entrenched stronghold that requires tenacity, vigilance, persistence, and a willingness to cut certain things to the root.
Porn, masturbation, and illegal sex is man’s most sacred idol.
You mess with a man’s immoral sex life and you will get his wrath.
Very few men will desire to be free because they believe that this is their business.
Pastors should avail themselves with as much material on this subject because every church has a person that is into porn and masturbation. The size of the church doesn’t matter. And the reputation of the church doesn’t matter. Just because something looks holy and sound holy is not excluded.
Mega, mid-sized, and store front churches all have some measure of men involved in sexual immorality, porn and masturbation.
If the pastor knows everything and what every man is doing sexually, this statement wouldn’t be as bold. Even I, in a small storefront church with only 9 men as members in Brooklyn, NY, would never take it for granted. Men are capable of falling into Secret Sexual Sins no matter how much I preach on this subject.
Having said this, many women will express exasperation over her husband’s porn and masturbation addictions.
If her husband is willing to sit with a pastor, a pastor must be clean, holy, and pure before God. He must ask pointed questions to get at the heart of the issue. He must be prepared with as much information as possible. It will not take one night of pouring oil and laying on of hands. It will take a great deal of dealing with the mind of a man bent on keeping his perversion.
The wife must be supportive and prayerful. She must be patient because his addiction didn’t happen over night.
Finally, the pastor should ask that man to answer 40 questions. This will help the pastor to ascertain the depths of her husband’s porn and masturbation involvement. Many of you reading this will not agree with this and the questions. However, every person has a different approach to dealing with porn and masturbation.
1. Do you know Jesus as your Lord & Savior?
2. Do you love your wife and your children, if any?
3. How often do you attend church with your family?
4. How often do you read your Bible and pray?
5. Do you know that your wife loves you and how does she express her love for you (she says that she loves you)?
6. How often do you look at movies with sexual content?
7. Do you look forward to looking at movies with sexual content?
8. Does the magazine stand with sexually provocative pictures, TV commercials, Internet news and weather stories with sexually attractive women stimulate you to watch porn and masturbate when you get home?
9. Do you consider yourself an introvert (isolated) or are you very social?
10. Do you believe that porn and masturbation is a sin? Why or why not?
11. Do you believe that looking at another woman sexually is a sin? Why or why not?
12. Do you believe in marriage and monogamy? Why or why not?
13. How often do you and your wife experience sexual intimacy?
14. Are you still sexually attracted to your wife?
15. Does your wife satisfy you sexually?
16. Do you share your sexual preferences (reasonably mutual sex positions and sex acts), and does she share her sexual preferences with you to please each other in the bedroom?
17. What emotions and attitudes does your wife possess that turn you away from her? (loud, boisterous, combative, confrontational, overbearing, headstrong, mean spirited).
18. Does she ask questions for information or does it turn into an inquisition?
19. How often do you and your wife argue, and over what specific issue(s)?
20. Do you watch porn and masturbate? And if so, how often?
21. Are you into drugs and alcohol, or any other substance?
22. If involved, describe such involvement. Occasionally, moderate to heavy addiction?
23. When you are not sexually satisfied (orgasm), do you masturbate to achieve sexual satisfaction?
24. At what age were you exposed to watching porn?
25. At what age did you start touching yourself sexually?
26. Were you ever molested or sexually assaulted?
27. Is any thing preventing you from having sexual intimacy with your wife regularly?
28. Do you have any medical conditions (such as ED erectile dysfunction) that may prevent you from sexual performance with your wife?
29. In the morning and at night, do you touch yourself sexually when an erection occurs?
30. Have you ever committed adultery or solicited a prostitute?
31. What keeps you interested in watching porn?
32. Does sadness, depression, worry, fear, pain in the soul, anger, loneliness, hunger, fatigue, job satisfaction or job dissatisfaction, job or marriage pressures, marriage dissatisfaction, discouragement, or money issues trigger the desire to watch porn and masturbate?
33. Do you and your wife resolve the issue(s) before going to bed?
34. Have you seriously considered getting help to stop watching porn and masturbation?
35. Have you seriously considered understanding the true facts behind pornography and masturbation?
36. Have you ever considered the fact that if you have children, your son might eventually be exposed to your porn and masturbation habits?
37. Have you ever considered the possibility that if you have a daughter, she might be kidnapped for the sex trade, kidnapped for child porn or molestation, or grow up to be a porn star, or get married to a man with porn and masturbation habits like you?
38. How often have you called it quits to porn and masturbation and return to committing these acts?
39. Have you ever been so mad at yourself for watching porn and masturbating that you’ve considered doing harm to yourself?
40. Do you want to be free?
Pastors, feel free to use these questions because you will need them.
But make sure that you are free from porn and masturbation yourself. You can’t help a man out of a burning building if you are burning in the same building.
Years ago, as a young believer and preacher, I would watch my pastor, Reverend Dr. Benjamin James Lowry invite politicians to speak in the pulpit at Zion Baptist Church.
Back then, it would be considered an honor to have certain politicians address the congregation. Obviously, the politician would use the opportunity to “showcase” their candidacy or garner votes to remain in office. These political episodes were successful and certain candidates would continue for years in office with the help of certain high profile pastors.
A church would be a safe place because it served as a civil way to address people without being questioned about certain positions, and it served as a platform for pastoral endorsement purposes.
If the pastor endorses a candidate, the congregation would feel safe to vote for that candidate.
Irrespective of a politician’s position on certain things, the people in the church would suppress the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, and vote for that candidate.
For years, this has been the normal/abnormal way to do business. We reject God like the children of Israel did in 1 Samuel and the Lord God gave the children of Israel what they wanted. Saul was a classic example of a man that loved the applause of people while disobeying God. Saul’s cowardice was noted when Goliath challenged the children of Israel. Kings that have a heart for God will fear no man.
Yet, these are the same kind of candidates we vote into office here in America.
Candidates that please the people instead of fearing God are dangerous candidates.
James 4:4 is a very powerful Scripture because these days, we are finding that pastors are on the wrong side of the Word.
There is a reason.
A pastor’s Secret Sexual Sins life is the foundation.
What does Secret Sexual Sins have to do with politics?
The political candidates of today support the sin of homosexuality and abortion.
Many pastors support these sins as well.
Out of the side of their mouths they will say…….“I know what the Bible says about homosexuality and abortion…….but I’m going to support this candidate.”
When you hear that, it’s a dead give away that they support a position that is clearly defined in the Word of God as sin.
Pastors all across the country have compromised the Word of God and that gives some people a license to compromise the Word of God too. Only the sane believers will walk out of that church and find a legitimate pastor that stands for the Word of God no matter what.
Only insane believers remain because they are crazy.
You heard me right. CRAZY!!!!!!!
YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO BE AGAINST GOD.
No one survives being against God.
Exodus 20:5-6 “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
John, an apostle of the Lamb said this in 1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
Is it no wonder that sin is in the house of worship as they pretend to praise God?
Where is there harmony between God and the pastor?
Is that harmony sensed, known and cultivated among the people?
Where is there a genuine fear of God in the house?
You do not get to rewrite the commandments to suit your lifestyle and justify sin.
Is it no wonder that perversion is evident in the house of the Lord and the world approves?
There are pastors that are in bed with the NAACP, a rogue organization that is no longer a house for Civil Rights but Immorality Rights. Pastors receive their honors and that’s an abomination before God.
“Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord.”
Listen to the Message Bible of Matthew 15:1-9
“After that, Pharisees and religion scholars came to Jesus all the way from Jerusalem, criticizing, “Why do your disciples play fast and loose with the rules? “But Jesus put it right back on them. “Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God’s commands?
God clearly says, ‘Respect your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.’
But you weasel around that by saying,
‘Whoever wants to, can say to father and mother, What I owed to you I’ve given to God.’
That can hardly be called respecting a parent.
You cancel God’s command by your rules.
Frauds! Isaiah’s prophecy of you hit the bull’s–eye:
These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. They act like they’re worshiping me, but they don’t mean it.
They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.”
So should we expect the people of God to live by the Bible that we are not living from ourselves?
Should we expect the people to abstain from sexual sins when we can’t abstain ourselves?
Does God approve of our deliberate intention to sin against God and His Word?
Paul said this in Romans 6:1-2
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it.”
This will not end, unfortunately. Why? Because pastors are too busy boosting their personal profiles to look important before the people to care about the heart of God. The LBJ administration knew how powerful a pastor is and decided to institute a policy to prohibit pastors from speaking against politicians.
After watching the Civil Rights Movement topple segregation, especially after the King assassination, he found a way to get Blacks on the bandwagon.
Congress gave Blacks the right to vote and then silenced the pastors from speaking against the politicians or risk losing their tax exempt status.
For years, this has hampered a pastor’s ability to apply the Word of God against any candidate that has the hint of sin in the pulpit.
Yet, at the same time, they use a pastor’s pulpit to be endorsed and voted into office.
This double standard must cease.
I make it my business to tell people do not vote for candidates that support sin. If they do, they will give an account to God for their votes. While I cannot stop people from voting for certain candidates, the best I can do is warn them not to vote for a candidate that support what God is strictly against.
This is a free speech issue and the First Amendment allows me to say what I want. Outside of the First Amendment is my responsibility regarding who I allow in the pulpit. If a politician desires to speak at the Lord Church, the answer is NO!!!!!!!
Whether they agree with the Bible or not, the answer is NO!!!!!!!!
I’m not going to stop a Bible series just to look good and have pictures taken.
Wait until after service for picture taking. In fact, if I know that you support the sin of homosexuality and abortion, I wouldn’t want to look like I endorse you with my face.
Don’t call. Don’t ask and I won’t tell you NO because you were told way before you called in this blog……….NO!!!!!!
If we can’t preach against candidate (a law I refuse to obey) a candidate can’t say anything in the pulpit.
If pastors would take this stand, we can cut off a lot of sin in the house of worship.
But I suspect that there are a lot of jelly fish backbone preachers in our pulpits that will give in and do it each year.
There is no question that pornography is a major issue in the world but it is a major issue in the house of worship among ministers of the gospel.
What would you do as a believer that may have a pastor that is watching porn? Even worse, what would you do if he was involved in child pornography?
Sadly, in both cases, most church people would cover it up for fear of destroying their church’s reputation.
Sadly, God destroyed its reputation the moment people compromise to sweep under the carpet a pastor’s Secret Sexual Sins.
Even people that claim to restore pastors undercover or behind everyone’s backs. The Bible is very clear about exposing the darkness. Grace is not given to cover sin but to expose it. Exposing sin is not to be done to destroy a person but to help them realize that sin is not right in the eyes of God. There is a difference between “gossip” and Biblical restoration according to Galatians 6:1-5.
Judging falls under this category of gossip according to Matthew 7:1-5. The entire context of Matthew 7:1-5, not just verse 1.
Many churches deliberately run from confronting this issue to expose it because people are afraid to. For the most part, people want to come to church, have a good time, see a show, and go home. Confronting sexual issues in the church is not on the list because confronting any sin puts the light on the entire church membership.
Many churches want to love people and pastors but the love for them must never exceed the love for truth and mercy. Truth exposes so that a church is right. God loves truth above loving people because God must be true to Himself. He will never lie and He will never sin. Therefore, by speaking the truth in love, we expose the hidden works of darkness. We must remember that God hates sin. Therefore, we must hate sin just as God does. Otherwise, God is perverted.
Ephesians 5:8-14 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
Paul never said not to expose it. He said it was a shame to talk about what was “done by them in secret.”
Cedric Cuthberg, pastor of an African Episcopal Church in Florida, was one of those pastors that got caught in such a sting. He pled guilty and is doing 6 years for downloading child porn.
This is a common practice to watch porn among 50% of pastors in the United States. Obviously a small percentage of pastors delve into child porn. There are approximately 300,000 protestant churches in the United States, which means that roughly 150,000 protestant churches have pastors that intentionally watch porn. According to blazinggrace.org 70% of Christians struggle with porn.
According to the late Ted Bundy, executed in 1989 for the murder of a 12 year old and responsible for 29 sex assaults and their deaths, said that porn was not the cause of his assaults and murders. Rather it was the fuel.
Many of them prepare their sermons in their “Pastor’s Study” in church. As soon as their sermon is prepared on their computer, they get this “Urge and Impulse” to watch porn on the same computer. This pastor crossed the line and downloaded child porn and that’s a crime.
Sadly, there are pastors that desire to have sexual contact with these innocent children and they make the mistake of setting themselves up. Not realizing that on the other side of the line or Internet connection is a police officer that knows how to talk the language of underage kids. Then these males go to meet them and are caught in their own web of deceit.
One of the greatest fears that I had when I was watching free porn on the Internet was that I would make the mistake of downloading child pornography. Whether intentionally or by accident. I knew that it would be a matter of time so before I made a mistake or desired to intentionally download any material, I made myself stop. Let me point out that at no time I had a desire for children. Having said that, I knew that when a person says that they do not have a desire, it is just a matter of time before the devil will tempt you.
The amount of websites for child porn is relatively small. There is approximately 100,000 websites for child porn.
The FBI is always on the look out in this relatively small community of perversion.
One former porn producer said in an interview that “child porn is the final frontier.”
What he meant by this was that after watching all the porn of adults of legal age, the desire to watch younger underaged kids do sex acts. Even worse is that these males (can’t call them men) desire to contact these kids to have sex with them. They will travel to far away exotic places where human trafficking of children is a serious issue, worldwide. Including the United States.
This is a crime. Downloading child porn is a crime and just to be in possession of any child porn will get you arrested.
Why do they watch child porn?
After watching all the adults, heterosexual and homosexual, the last level of perversion is children.
The amber alerts and child abductions is partly the reason behind what is done throughout the world.
How could a congregation discover a pastor’s child porn habits?
Many of you will disagree with what I am about to share. However, we must never disagree with the truth of God’s Word.
Hypocrisy is a leaven that must be removed and anything that has this leaven must go too.
Which would you rather have?
A hypocritical church or a church full of people that pretend to be holy but live ungodly lives?
Most people want both. A hypocritical church and people that pretend to live holy; having a form of godliness but denying its power.
But what kind of church does the Lord want?
Paul said in Ephesians 5:26-27 “…that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
What I am about to share is not absolute but it should be dealt with before other children are harmed and churches destroyed.
While it all depends on the situation, today, most churches are planted by the pastor, so this may be a little difficult to implement an investigatory policy.
Pastors for hire is a different story because in the vetting process, the search committee must now do the extra work of hiring a investigator, do criminal background checks, and other necessary investigations to insure that they have a pastor that is clean and without blemish.
Vetting committees that fail to do this is asking for trouble.
During the course of a hired pastors tenure, he should be subjected to unannounced periodic investigation which includes their personal devices, computers, and other instruments. The pastor’s study and all computers that is owned by the house of worship must be subjected to periodic checks for porn. The pass codes of every computer in the house of worship must be owned by a church administrator and can only be changed by the church administrator.
All church workers with computer access must be investigated as well.
Some will disagree and declare that privacy is invaded.
Well think of the child’s privacy and innocence destroyed.
Will it be your child that will go through an avoidable ordeal, or would you rather have your privacy invaded to protect them?
What about a pastor that planted a church? Accusations fly every day and if a group of people want to destroy the reputation of a pastor, it is very easy to do so. We know that false witnesses are everywhere and they jump at every opportunity to destroy a genuine work of the Lord. However, if such an accusation is brought, just go through the process of thoroughly investigating the matter.
As a pastor, I would not mind because if you have nothing to hide, then the investigation will show it. If not, then a pastor has a lot to worry about, including prison time.
After looking at the FB picture of Cedric Cuthberg, on the outside it appears that he was very much in control but you never judge a book by its cover. That’s what a rogue pastor is counting on. That you do not know what is really going on in his heart.
Secret Sexual Sins operates the same way.
As long as it is a secret, no one really knows and that means that the game of watching any form of porn continues.
As I have said many times, no one watches porn and doesn’t masturbate or act out sexually. There is no question in my mind that Cuthberg masturbates. Porn is fantasy sex. A man or a woman is pretending to have sex with that image. According to Dr. William Struthers, porn “hijacks” the brain and the person watching the porn is just going through the sexual acting out to satisfy his or her sexual urges.
Porn never leads you to less sexual acting out. It always leads to more acting out. It is not uncommon to have multiple ejaculations or orgasms. Jesus said that he that commits sin is a slave to sin. When it comes to porn, a man or a woman is a slave to dopamine. Dopamine is the reward drug that the brain desires. In essence, the chemicals that work in the body during sex is like a pharmacy. The person is using sex as a “medicinal property” to affirm, love, and satisfy themselves. This is the secondary reason why people do what they do.
The whole purpose of porn and masturbation is “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
It’s all about fulfilling the lust in the flesh and mind.
It doesn’t matter what a pastor may be going through.
It’s all about fulfilling the lusts of the flesh and mind.
So the next time you go to church, there is a 50/50 chance that your pastor may be watching porn.
To eliminate the chance of this happening, get your pastor to agree to an investigation paid for by the church.
What if something is found?
Don’t sweep it under the rug.
If something is found, then the next step is to remove that pastor according to your bylaws. If the law was broken in any way, instead of being an accessory to the crime or be found to obstruct justice, call the district attorney or law enforcement. Take action immediately.
Here is the CNN report regarding Disney workers caught in a sex sting.
If we have learned anything from this, it’s what a preacher is not supposed to look or act like regardless of whether it is scripted, staged, or coached.
What people see in the pulpit ought to be consistent with what they see in the street or in their homes. Anything else and the gospel of Jesus Christ they preach about is a farce. Your preaching must line up with your living and your living must line up with your preaching. Otherwise you are a bald face liar and the worst of hypocrites the world has ever seen.
In fact, we need to distinguish ourselves from the portrayals the world offers.
The world knows where to find the Real Preachers Of JC but they will not bother with them because there is a level of conviction and holiness that these preachers are living in that will bring their sin up in unimaginable ways. In most cases, a holy man or woman of God will not have to say a word. Their life of power, prayer, and personal integrity is enough to cause them to think about their spiritual condition outside of Christ.
“A holy man (or woman) is an awesome weapon in the hands of a holy God.”
The world wants a compromised preacher. But The Lord wants a sold out, holy preacher who will stand for the truth of God’s Word, and will speak truth regardless of the cost.
Whether it is blown out of proportion or scripted, Preachers Of LA has opened up our eyes to see what The Lord really is demanding out of His preachers.
As some of you have seen and heard Preachers Of LA has caused a stir in the world of preachers.
Several things come to mind and it is obvious that people that support this will stand for it as opposed to the truth.
As G. Craige Lewis, of EX MINISTRIES pointed out, all reality tv is scripted to portray a particular theme. It is under false pretense that gives the appearance that this is the truth. However when you are dealing with the world, you are dealing with the system of the law of sin and death, under the ruler-ship of the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.
Paul also said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “in whom the god of this world has blinded, the minds of those who do not believe, unless the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
The goal of the enemy is to reduce the viability of the gospel by presenting a small percentage of preachers that live what I call, double agent lives.
Many preachers aspire to have what they have and will do everything to pursue it.
But thank God that there is a distinction. Remember, you are only seeing a small percentage of preachers living the way the Preachers Of LA are living.
Their justification for this is perverted. It is important for you to understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t about wealth and trusting in uncertain riches, fame, and fortune.
It is about winning the lost to The Lord Jesus Christ. We must also believe that this didn’t catch God by surprise. Just like David, Samson, Gehazi, the Sorcerer in the book of Acts called Simon, and many others that sinned.
Thank God that there are preachers that are legitimate. Called and graced by God to do the work of the ministry without fanfare and the false trappings of notoriety, and riches.
In Matthew 4:23-24 the Bible says,
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon- possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.”
The word fame means “heard.” When the legitimate power of God is in operation, the fame of Jesus went around quickly. However, the sole purpose of the power of God is not just to minister to the needs of people, but to attract them back to The Lord so that people could repent of their sins.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:20-24 (NKJVS)
“Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “ Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”
But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
As you could see, the reason for the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ is to draw men to repentance and faith towards God. Any other purpose is an aimless, selfish purpose. If we fail to preach the gospel in its purest form, then it is another gospel.
So when you look at shows of this nature, remember that you are not to throw every preacher under the bus and drive over them. Just know that there are hirelings and there are shenanigans, and that there are charlatans out there that will dupe you into thinking that Preachers of LA is real.
They are not real preachers. Real preachers would never “merchandise the anointing.” True, authentic, unadulterated preachers would never jeopardize the sanctity of the call of God upon their lives. Real preachers carry the weight of the voice of God that summoned them to the service of preaching the Word of God.
Real preachers live the gospel they preach. They seek no glory because the Bible says, in 1 Corinthians 1:29, “that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
The Amplified Bible says, “So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of The Lord.”
So the four “E’s” of ministry must be avoided.
When you seek after being one of the elite preachers, or the preeminence, you are asking to be exalted in pride like the devil. When you reach the false place of elitism, you feel empowered to do anything you want against all that righteousness and wisdom stands for. You enter the dragon of entitlement. You believe that you are entitled to everything, which leads you to expediency which means of an action convenient or practical although possibly improper or immoral.
You will entertain more thoughts and suggestion of evil and cross lines you said you would never cross. This leads into committing fornication and adultery. Homosexuality and bisexuality. Impregnating women in the church that are gullible to fall for your personality instead of falling on their faces to God.
When people are attracted to your personality they are worshipping you. That’s why it is important to have pure motives for ministry. Immoral women today do not care if you are married. All they care about is getting you. And when you lead them on as a pastor, you are violating your trust as a preacher.
With these things in mind, here are 27 things that qualifies a person as one being a PREACHER OF JC.
1. Saved by Grace.
2. Repented of sin.
3. Not a novice.
4. Never compromise the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
5. Heard the voice of God call them into the service.
6. Not hungry for money, notoriety, fame, or sexual immorality.
7. Full of the Holy Spirit, faith, honesty, and walks in integrity.
8. Has a good reputation outside the church.
9. If married, is happy, satisfied, faithful, and caring.
10. Takes care of the house BEFORE taking care of the church.
11. Quick to obey God and His Word.
12. Quick to disobey the devil and resist his temptations.
13. Quick to stand for Jesus and never fall for the wiles of the world.
14. Never compromise, maintains Biblical convictions.
15. Ready to witness and shares Jesus at every opportunity.
16. Live what they preach before they preach to others.
17. Never allows sin to dominate them.
18. Never quit praying and feeding on the Word of God.
19. Knows how to love the truth of God’s Word above everything else.
20. Always looking to do those things that please the Father.
21. Lives in holiness at great expense.
22. Knows how to be measurably transparent, walks accountable to God and man.
23. Gives God ALL the glory, honor, and praise.
24. Understands the dangers of sexual sins and avoids the secret life of perversion and hypocrisy.
25. Walks in love towards the people while loving God and His Word more.
26. Walks in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
27. Is a worshipper of the Father in spirit and in truth 24/7.
If you want to be a PREACHER OF JC – Jesus Christ, you must walk like Him. Otherwise, you are a Preacher of LAA, Lacking An Anointing.