Unfortunately we hear of prominent and not so prominent Christians falling into sin.
We know of those on the front line, presenting themselves as leaders and wanting to please God in all things, who fall into sin. (usually sexual in nature).
Others who are depending on their leadership, are startled and disappointed and feel betrayed.
When this happens it creates the idea that in leadership, there seems to be no one to trust, no one living according to God’s right way. There seems to be a dearth of victorious Christian Living, starting with leaders.
However we wrestle not against flesh and blood. And those in the front line are first to stand in the gun sights of the devil.
We must first therefore realise this fact, and cover them with prayer.
No one in leadership is any more ‘impenetrable’ than others. They are human and subject to the same like passions as anyone else.
Things of protocol must be put into place and the need to be covered with answerability to a plural leadership of their fellow eldership – lived out practically.
The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
We see from these verses who is in line for the ‘roaring lions’ attention – those of upright conduct. (I Peter 5/8)
Often before they fell they were men or women of upright conduct. We often forget quickly the character they have shown, and the good they have accomplished. The body of Christ (the church) killing their own wounded.
At the same time we must keep before us the standard God’s word clearly spells out. And not slide into moral laxity.
There is one paramount way to keep our hearts from the demands of the prince of the power of the air – and it is by having presence of mind to appropriate continuously what the Grace of God has provided.
Our God in calling us to forgive 70×7 per day – gives us a glimpse into the fact that He too will practice what He preaches. Plenteous in mercy and forgiveness.
He will not respond to pretenders however, who think to laughingly avail themselves of this promise of forgiveness, whilst they carry on sinning, as though it was acceptable to do so.
That’s called hypocrisy.
Grace is a revelation. It is a revelation not just for salvation – but that through the grace of God we can LIVE!
Always availing ourselves of His promises and His strength to maintain our hearts in good condition before Him.
Let’s pray for those who have fallen. And if they were in a position of leadership and injured others in their fall, let’s still allow them into fellowship with forgiving embrace – but only where we find the sincerity of humility and true repentance. Otherwise if they continue in sin, we become guilty of bidding them God’s-speed in their misdemeanours.
This calls for good discernment. The bible warns about wolves in sheep’s clothing:
5 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
We shall (we are told) know them (the sincere men and women of God) by their fruits. The actions they take, the attitude they carry, the character they show, their speech, prayer life, fairness, empathy, and so on.
Lord help us to stand dependant on you alone. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.