winning over immoralities
Right on the national television, a bishop was shown being beaten by the husband of a woman whom he used to sexually entertain guest speakers in his church. The bishop brainwashed the woman by calling this abuse a ‘kingdom relationship’ – This happened in America.
Another pastor sexually abused a female university lecturer by deceiving her that she needed a deliverance prayer. The woman testified against the pastor in a court. This occurred in Lagos, Nigeria.
Sometimes ago, a church leader told me (maybe out of sheer ignorance) how their pastor and himself contest and share the ladies in their church for sexual pleasure. This church is located in London, England.
Three pastors’ wives who were friends developed the habits of having affairs with sugar daddies. On their day of reckoning one of them died in a ghastly motor accident when coming from her place of affairs. The others ran back to God. This is no fiction.
A bestseller Christian author suddenly confessed to the public that he was a bisexual; having a wife and a gay partner! The deceived and the deceivers are being deceived by Satan; be vigilant.
Sexual immorality is spreading like a wild fire right at your backyard.
When your neighbor’s wall is on fire, it becomes your business as a matter of common sense. This is also true as we see many great men and women falling in life and ministry. While we are praying God to raise us as great men and women in this end – time, we never take it to heart the reason why those who fell did.
In his book, Finishing Strong, Steve Farrar identified three ambushes that confront men (and women) in ministry and one of them is the ambush of strange women (or men). This same trap has sent many promising ministries into their early grave and has reduced many called ministers into mere spectators in the moves of God. Except the truth is not in us, the sin of immorality is the most common these days among the church people.
It is better to shun the bait than to struggle in the snare. Apostle Paul also shared this same view in regards to immorality. Hear his counsel:
‘Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.’
- I Corinthians 6:18
It is unfortunate that many victims of this dragon in the flesh never thought of running away from this innocent - looking serpent. The truth is that none of us is strong enough to face this temptation all alone, especially in the secret. Although the bible says we should resist the devil, but it never dare immorality!
‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ – James 4:7
To the Christians, immorality is deadlier than the devil. That is why we are asked to resist the devil (after submitting to God), but to flee immorality. The reason is that every body is wired by God Himself to respond to stimuli especially with the erectile muscles, which the Christians also carry. Hence in the very heat of immoral temptation your self might not be on your side; speaking in tongues and binding the devils will not be of good help, except you know how to flee. A quick and swift flight will deliver you out, but a fight of any kind will sure spell your doom.
More than two times, the bible recorded it that the LORD God was with Joseph (e.g. Genesis 39:2, 21). However on the day of his temptation when the heat was very on, this same man that enjoys the presence of God, flee away from Portiphar’s wife. He dare not fight, he flew!
‘And it came to pass about this time that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.’
- Genesis 39:11 – 12
Apostle Paul also recommended this spiritual antidote to Timothy his son in faith. Hear Paul to Timothy:
‘Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’
- II Timothy 2:22
One sure reason why the bible advice us to flee is that the more attention we give to immorality, the more beautiful it looks to our flesh. The rule is this; you may see, but don’t look! Since you are not blind, you may see with your eyes, but when you are paying attention, then you are looking with your flesh. The same reason Jesus said if any man look lustfully at a woman, he has already committed adultery with her in his mind. He did not say if any man sees a woman (Matthew 5:28). Jehu saw Jezebel with all her face make - ups, but he never looked at her face before he ordered her to be thrown down. Your strength is not in looking; your strength is in fleeing.
An historian is a prophet in reverse, and those who fail to learn from history are doom to repeat it. We have from biblical records those that ignorantly stood their ground, fought immorality stupidly and wept bitterly. The first among these was Rueben, the very first son of Jacob who was set to inherit double portion from his father but lost out because of immorality.
‘And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:’ – Genesis 35:22
The next casualty and the most pathetic was Samson. He was the exact opposite of Joseph; having strong biceps, heavily built up but with a very weak inner man. For lying on the thigh of a woman, he sold his heritage. Like Rueben, he never knew how to flee.
‘And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.’
- Judges 16:19
Eli was the high priest in Israel, who rebuked his two immoral sons, but he never removed (flee) them from office as priests. The more these sons of Eli fought immorality, the more they failed until they soiled their names:
‘Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.’ – I Samuel 2:22
There is no such alternative like fighting when it comes to fornication and adultery. The only way out is to flee. Run to God: first physically and then spiritually. The same bible that says that the righteous are as bold as lion (Proverbs 28:1), also says, ‘The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous RUN into it and they are safe.’ – Proverbs 18:10
The New Testament Prophet and Apostle, Paul, confirmed his fear over the Corinthians because he knew they never learnt how to flee:
‘Yes, I am afraid that when I come God will humble me before you and I will be sad and mourn because many of you have sinned before and don’t even care about the wicked, impure things you have done: your lust and immorality, and the taking of other men’s wives.’
– II Corinthians 12:21 (TLB)
If we don’t know how to flee immorality, it is most likely we bring shame to the very Name we bear – Christ (ians). Friend, if you still have confidence in your flesh as regards this subject, you are already defeated.
Take heed, flee lest you fall.
Preparing the Bride,