It seems not a week goes by where we don't read the account of some high-profile pastor, politician, celebrity or local leader who has succumbed to the seduction of adultery. Add to this the reports that flow in the office, on the campus or in our neighborhoods, and it makes you just shake your head and shudder, asking, "When is this going to stop?"
In addition to the shameful example exhibited by the Christian community, consider the names of key people in our culture who have gone down the path of adultery in the past couple years:
This is just a partial list, and only of those who got caught!
Scripture warns us that prior to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, wickedness will increase. In our sex-saturated society, all of us must be on guard against the "wiles of the devil" (Eph. 6:11, NKJV) in the realm of moral impurity. Remember that David was not a young man when he succumbed to sexual sin. Most commentators believe his age was around 51 years old.
First Corinthians 10:12 warns us, "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (NIV). Gordon MacDonald, former president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and author of Magnificent Marriage and The Effective Father, told us after his moral failure that he neglected to
heed the counsel of Oswald Chambers, who said, "An unguarded strength is a double weakness."
Thank God that Gordon humbled himself, submitted to the discipline that was necessary, and today has been restored as an effective leader.
What about you? It doesn't matter if you're a male or female. We are all living in a culture characterized by an explosion of three things: 1) the elimination of restraints and sexual taboos; 2) erotic stimuli that bombards us everywhere; read more