The World According to kcillini77

April 15, 2007

Faithbusters Pt. 2

Filed under: America,Christianity,Family — kcillini77 @ 7:21 pm

The Hypocrisy of Men

This was a topic I intended to address later, but as it hit close to home today, I will see how cathartic writing can be.

This morning our church was informed that our senior pastor was stepping down due to an adulterous affair. This all too common scenario has played out in churches large and small throughout the history of the church, and the pain is substantial. Trust is deeply betrayed, and the whole church suffers. Someone we respect has committed a sin of substantial consequence, and that consequence is far-reaching. In the face of such a situation, the charge of hypocrisy is often bandied about within and outside of the church: ‘How could someone tell me that such an action is wrong and be doing it himself? The church is full of hypocrites like that! I don’t want to be involved in a religion full of hypocrites!’

First and foremost, let me address the issue of hypocrisy itself. In light of the Christian message – that we all sin, that we all need Christ’s sacrifice to cover our sins, and that we only need repent and accept the gift of forgiveness to be in relationship with God – the charge of hypocrisy is only valid up until the point where the person in question admits the sin and repents of it. At that point they are an example not of hypocrisy, but of the grace of God. Often in a situation such as this, someone recognizing the fact that we are all susceptible to sin misapplies the phrase “There but for the grace of God go I.” Actually, it should be “There but for my choices go I – but God’s grace will sustain me even if I go there.”

That is what is so wonderful about the message of Christ. We are all susceptible to such sins – and God makes no promise to spare us from the consequences of our sin on Earth. Our pastor, his family, and the church are suffering and will continue to suffer because of it. But God’s grace, through Christ, will redeem him, his family, and us.

Is the hypocrisy of men a valid reason for losing faith or failing to come to Christ? Far from it – it is a strong indicator of why we all need Him. It may be cited as a faithbuster by many, but it is merely an excuse.

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5 Comments »

  1. I’m with you. If the only people qualified to give advice were those who had it all figured out, I don’t think there would be much advice floating around out there. At least, if people were honest.

    Comment by tastethesea — April 15, 2007 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  2. Brother,
    I’m praying for your church. Before I was born the former pastor of the church I grew up in did the same thing. The church was doing great, had lots of buses, many services and ministries, and was really active. Then he ran off with the secretary. By the time I was born the church had definitely grown in its faith, but it had abandoned some of its ministries and sold their fleet of buses. The new pastor stayed close to the Word, probably so he wouldn’t walk down the same path. Today, the former preacher is active in another church and works as an insurance salesman. He is married to the secretary he ran off with and, from what little I’ve heard, has repented and is living fully for the Lord. God is gracious and we are blessed to have the gift of forgiveness. Blessings, brother. And again, I’m praying for your church.

    Comment by storbakken — April 15, 2007 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Matt,

    I agree. I hope that God’s grace touches the families involved in this sad, sad situation. I hope that he heals the Church that was built under his leadership. Ultimately, I hope that the church rallies around the pastor and his family, the other party involved and her family, and that God uses this somehow for the glory of His kingdom. I’ll be praying for all those things and more.

    Comment by Joshua — April 16, 2007 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  4. Broken for all involved.

    Comment by kristiapplesauce — April 16, 2007 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  5. I am there with you and my heart is broken. I feel like this is a bad bad dream and I have shed more tears over this than I have anything lately. God will show up and he will be glorified even when we don’t see how right now. Praying

    Comment by Terri — April 16, 2007 @ 11:38 am | Reply


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