In this episode of the Ordinary Radicals podcast, Jonathan Hayashi and Brandon Boatner speak on the topic of the destructive nature of private sin.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer puts it this way in his book Life Together, “Those who remain alone with their evil are left utterly alone.”
What should we do? For sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is the more attractive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.
Some highlights from today’s episode;
- Women are created from the side of Adam and ought to be watched, protected, and cared for. Not taken advantage of by men.
- There is always divine hope and divine help in Christ!
- Do not worship Christian celebrities. Worship Christ! Look to Him.
All of us are broken, wicked, and sinful people and never should put them on pedestals.
- None of these issues happened overnight. These happen with a small dose of sin.
- Lord have mercy. God help us that we will never come to that point of destruction of sin.
- What you do today will impact tomorrow.
You can choose your actions but can’t choose your consequences. Those are chosen for you.
- “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” – John Owen
- Lift the arms of your leaders by prayer. We need Aarons in our lives.
- This is just the beginning and we have a long road ahead. Begin by praying for your leaders.
- Leaders fear to ask for help. There’s an element of fear surrounding this topic.
- The church needs to realize they have hired a human to lead their church.
Skills can get you into ministry, but only integrity will keep you in ministry.
- Giftedness does not mean holiness.
Here’s the breakdown outline from today’s conversation;
1. Stand with the Victims Who Were Taken Advantage.
– Sin is sin and it is wrong.
– If you are a leader and struggling over sin, go get help.
– Christ came to, “Bind up the brokenhearted and set the captives free” (Isa 61:1).
– Do not be afraid. Seek out help. You’re not alone.
2. Dealing with the Aftermath of Devastating Sin.
– Expectation of Christian leaders: We are not superman!
– Husband: Faithfulness physically, emotionally, mentally, and internetly.
– There are other vices of sin: pride, anger, self… etc
– “Pride puffs people up” (1 Cor 8:1).
– Prideful people leverage their authority to manipulate the situation.
– “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough” (Gal 5:9).
– “Guard your heart” (Prov 24:3).
– Do not let those little bits of sins grow more and more and destroy you.
– “Sin is crouching at your door” (Gen 4:7).
3. Beware, beware, beware of Sin.
– Stop playing the comparison game.
– Faithfulness over fame. Integrity over skillset. Character over competency.
– Defeat sin right now. Be faithful by serving in the church.
– Look to Christ who is your strength in order to defeat sin.
– “Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb 3:13)
– Brothers need to encourage one another and have accountability with one another.
4. Pray for All Those Who are Affected. Everyone is Hurting.
– Pray for your pastor. Pastoring is a very lonely road.
– Aaron lifting the arms of Moses when weary (Ex 17:12-14).
– Setting leaders for failure vs. Setting leaders for success.
– “Mourn with those who mourn” (Rom 12:15-16).
5. Normalize the Request for Help.
– “I NEED HELP” We need to make this ok for our leaders who even face depression.
– Live in godliness and holiness by the 4 things;
– (1) Proclaiming gospel, (2) Loving neighbor, (3) Serving oppressed, (4) Reputation outsiders.
– Stop any sin even before it starts.
– Do not elevate competency over calling and character.
– “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” (John 15:4).
– “Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 13:14).
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
• Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation
• The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
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