themselves a bad name for which, apart from the devil, they can blame no one buttheir own selves.If someone in such an unfortunate situation truly repented, they would accept theramifications of their misdeeds, do all they could to make amends, and abide by theteachings of Scripture that prohibits them from being in further ministry or leadership.Instead, one after another (including Jimmy Swaggart) they march headlong into what
St. Paul call’s “Satan’s trap”. And in the eyes of the w
orld bring further reproach tothemselves, to the church, and to the name of Christ.We are forced to conclude either that their repentance is therefore disingenuous and
malmotivated or else they are so fundamentally ignorant of God’s Word that they
should never have been in the ministry at all to begin with.Christianity is a faith based on forgiveness. We
forgive, but we
expect theworld to forget. Satan and the unsaved will always have adequate ammunition basedon the past to use against them, against the church, and against the cause of Christ.For sure, not all of the corruption and hypocrisy has been sexually related, although
of it has involved this kind of immorality. Or in the cases of Haggard, Bentley,Liardon, and Paul Cain, even what they themselves admit is unnatural perversion.The divorce and remarriage scandals of Paula White, Ray Macaulley of South Africa, andRay Bevin of South Wales and the financial shenanigans of Peter Popov, etc. are no lessa public disgrace destroying any semblance of a good name or credibility. Yet these alsoremain in the ministry, pretending it to be somehow acceptable to God when God in HisWord says it is not. The capacity of these people to delude themselves and others canonly in some way be the product of a reprobate mind.For three days running, the
Los Angeles Times
carried front page stories alleginghomosexuality by Paul Crouch of TBN. Crouch vociferously denied the charges,expecting the church and the public to believe that he paid $425,000 in and out-of-court legal settlement with a secrecy clause stipulating that the recipient remain silentabout these charges of deviant sexual behavior in a wrongful dismissal suit.The ultimate indictment however, is not of these malefactors themselves despite theirhypocrisy, The indictment is rather of a church willing to tolerate it in abrogation of
God’s own divine standards of holiness, sanctification, and qualification for the ministry.
The Scriptures decry a willingness by the church to compromise Go
d’s moral standards
as arrogance when the church fails to address such situations scripturally and removesuch people.
Moreover, in no uncertain terms we are commanded to retain God’s