The Minister’s Guide to Sin, Sex and Relationships: Lesson 1 – Know Your Opponent

The recent events involving well known ministers and artists like Tye Tribbett, Da T.R.U.T.H., J. Moss, and BeBe Winans have really had me thinking lately.(I’m continually holding them up in prayer.) Everybody commits sins during their lifetime. However, when a well know Christian sins it makes me really pause and think about things.

I know that nobody is perfect and I’m not expecting perfection out of anyone. In my opinion, when someone decides to take on a public ministry they become representatives of the body of Christ on a different level than other Christians. They travel around the world urging people to come out of their sins, but then something unfortunate happens and they fall into sin themselves. For many people outside of Christianity this only perpetuates the stereotype of hypocrisy that they have towards Christians.

I’m so grateful for God’s forgiveness. I’m grateful that doesn’t he look at us the way man does.

I could go into further detail about the importance of focusing on God rather than man. I could also talk about how being a Christian is not a call to perfection but rather a call to a relationship with God. For the time being, I will save this discussion for another post.

In one way or another, every believer is a minister of the Gospel. Some of us just have much more public ministries than others. After thinking and praying I decided to post some information for all of us regarding sin, sex and relationships. Those of us that are married or have a desire to be married will likely benefit from this the most. However, I believe that there are things in here that will benefit everyone in some way.

So, for the next 10 business days I will be posting what I call The Minister’s Guide to Sin, Sex and Relationships. My hope is that you will find this series thought provoking and it will cause us all to pray for each other and love according to God’s purpose.


Lesson 1: Know Your Opponent

I am not a big fan of “the Devil made me do it” philosophy. I believe that many times we bring problems on ourselves with very little to no effort on the Devil’s part. That being said, let us all remember 1 Peter 5:8.  From the time you get married, the enemy would love nothing more than to bring destruction to your marriage.

Think about it. The Devil has been around a whole lot longer than any of us. If Jesus delays his return, the Devil will still be roaming the Earth long after we are all gone. He is intelligent and cunning. He has seen it all. There is very little we can do to shock or surprise him. He probably uses the same tricks on us that he used hundreds of years ago. He knows what formula can break up a choir. He knows what formula can dissolve a youth ministry. He also knows what formula can crush a marriage.

Don’t underestimate how he can help you destroy your marriage. All he needs is a little crack to enter in. He’ll use that small crack in your marriage to create a big gaping whole.

I’m sure you’ve read the scripture that says “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) If you talk to any professional in areas like sports, business, or the military they will all tell you the same thing about underestimating your opponent. If you underestimate your opponent, then he or she is likely to defeat you. I believe the same can be said about the Devil. If you underestimate him, then he will defeat you.

It is important for us to resist the Devil (James 4:7). We have victory of over the enemy because of God’s grace and mercy. Because of God’s power we are not consumed by our enemies.

They key ingredient here is God. His word contains plenty of information about our adversary. God gives us strong guidance regarding what to do and what not to do. If is important for us know and understand what we are up against. We must realize that the minute we try to do things under our own power, we will face defeat.

The Challenge
I would like encourage you to join me in prayer. Let’s join together and pray for the relationships and marriages of every Christian (public ministry or not) over the course of the next 10 business days. Let’s pray that God helps us keep the focus on Him and not our own wants and desires.

What’s Next
Tomorrow, I’m going to offer suggestions about engaging in personal interaction with other people; the how, when, where and what. I hope you’ll join me then.

What is your opinion on all of this? Do you feel that it is important for us to understand how the devil operates?

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