Gospel Grace Versus Dead Religion–part 5

Ân Điển của Phúc Âm và Tôn Giáo Chết:

Giúp các Hội Thánh tại Việt Nam Thực Hành Ân Điền Mà Không Từ Bỏ Sự Thánh Khiết

Pastor commits adultery

Hank and his wife were happily married for 13 years. He’s been pastoring faithfully for eight. Recently he committed adultery one time with a lady in the congregation. He was caught in his sin but has stopped it and is genuinely remorseful for what he did.

How does the Bible directly address this issue? (If not, is there a principle?)

‘The Bible directly addresses both adultery and the qualifications for pastoral leadership, among which it is generally agreed marital faithfulness is critical. God included a prohibition against adultery in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14), as well as decreeing a death sentence upon those guilty of adultery in the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 20:10-16). Perhaps the one person in Scripture most well-known for his association with adultery is King David, who surprisingly is also the only person in Scripture described as “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). David’s adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12) was clearly a forgivable and forgiven sin (see Psalm 51), but it also resulted in painful consequences among David’s family (2 Samuel 12:10-11), and affected his ability to rule God’s people without discord.

‘The same prohibition against adultery continues in the New Testament, warning believers to guard the sanctity of marriage (Hebrews 13:4), while at the same time promising judgment for those who are unrepentantly guilty of not guarding the sanctity of it (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21).’


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(GSiV: Ân điển, chứ không phải những quy tắc / Grace not rules)