June 29, 2009 --
By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon
Author of Bestselling book, Heaven
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has joined a long line of leaders, both secular and Christian, who have committed adultery. Someone suggested, in light of this, that I post about fleeing and resisting sexual temptation. First, consider this from God’s Word: “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.” (Proverbs 6:25-29).
Notice that both men and women are held accountable for adultery. It is never an excuse that someone tried to seduce you, but you should always be on your guard against seduction, including the media seduction that lures us toward impurity.
I vividly remember meeting with a man who had been a leader in a Christian organization until he committed immorality.
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