Friday, August 17, 2018

Why DO So Many Pastors Fall? By Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

It's so sad to hear of so many pastors have fallen. We should be careful before we start blasting fellow pastors who have fallen. 


It is not a problem of mega churches only, even smaller churches. It's just that they don’t make the headlines.

Every time a pastor falls, we need to remember this: We are no less susceptible to sin than they are. We’re all just one poor choice away from falling. If we are ignorant, we will repeat the same mistakes. May their mistakes be a warning to us all.
Why DO So Many Pastors Fall? By Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

THE ONE MISTAKE ALL FALLEN PASTORS MAKE

The pitfalls in a pastors life haven’t changed. They’re as old as sin itself.

The Bible warned us in 1 John 2:15-16.: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world Every fallen pastor in history repeated the same fatal mistake. They got caught up in a love for the world.

That love manifested in one of three ways: the desire of the flesh (sex/addiction), the desire of the eyes (covetousness/money), or the pride of life (power).

Fallen pastors allowed the temptation of sex, money or power to erode their soul until it crumbled.

And remember: These three killers are after us all. No servant of God is beyond their reach.

The resilient pastors who survive decades of ministry identify these threats and make a conscious effort to stay far away.

In order not to fall into the same pit as those who did, we must always try our best tp follow the footsteps of thise that have made it in the Lord till old age.And also, we need guidelines and procedures to keep ourselves from straying anywhere remotely close to temptation.

GUIDELINE EXAMPLES

Here are a few examples of rules you might want to put in place for yourself to protect your integrity:

1. Sex: Never be alone with a member of the opposite sex in a closed place . And today it may even be better never to meet alone unless in a public setting with anyone regardless of gender because it only takes one false accusation to ruin your credibility.

Flee from all compromising situations. Never comment on another person’s body. Prioritize your marriage, and pursue your wife.

2. Money: Be transparent about church finances, ministry budgets and where all the money goes.

Also, think long and hard before you buy a big house, designer suits or fancy cars. Although you may be able to afford them and there is nothing inherently wrong with these things, you need to avoid even the perception of greed.

Make it your mission to be the most generous person in your church.

3. Power: Decentralize the power. Have a board of elders that aren’t just your best friends. Put systems in place to limit your ability to make huge decisions alone.

Also, treat the people you work with and church members with respect.

Use your God given power with extreme care. Don’t let it go to your head. Pride is the silent killer of many ministries.

You should question yourself this: What procedures do you need to put in place to fortify your integrity?

Please, don’t be the next case study of a fallen pastor. Learn from the age-old mistakes of others.

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