Early one Sunday morning, we were awakened by a rapid and hard knocking at our front door. My neighbor’s wife was crying hysterically, her face was swollen and bleeding and her clothes were torn. As my wife embraced her and brought her in, thinking about her two young sons and husband being in jeopardy, I quickly jumped into my shoes and prepared to rush over to their home to apprehend the burglar.
Suddenly, she screamed, "There’s no burglar! My husband did this to me again!" I was now more shocked and overwhelmed because her husband was a "preacher."
He was an evangelist and had been speaking at numerous churches throughout all the neighboring cities, and not only had visited my church on different occasions, but was even scheduled to preach that very same Sunday morning.
As we comforted her, he had no idea where she had gone or that she was in my home sharing the horrible details. My wife kept her safely within our home after I left for church and within two hours he came to church as if nothing had happened. But I had already prepared for him.
I had him take a regular seat in the church and I preached that Sunday morning instead. As church was ending, I privately told him to remain because I had something personal that I needed to share with him and then I asked one of my Deacons to also remain behind with me, as a witness to what I intended to do.
Once I was sure everyone was gone and had locked all the doors, I stood firmly two inches from in front of his face and began rebuking and shouting at him. After I called him a deceiver and a coward (for any man that beats up on his wife is just that), I challenged him to strike me. Again, I called him a coward and a profane deceiver and told him I knew he would not attempt to strike me because he only enjoyed beating up on little women.
As he stood there crying, he tried to repent to me. But, I told him that he needed to repent to his wife, to The Lord and to all the other pastors that had supported him. I told him that unless he would immediately do so, I was going to call them all up and tell them that he had been "uncovered" and not to let him into their pulpits.
Within a couple more days, it was additionally revealed that he had been using prostitutes for sex throughout the inner city. So his wife immediately filed for divorce and within two weeks he ended up in the intensive care of one of the major hospitals. Not willing to repent, ask forgiveness or seek The Lord, he fell deeper into sin and his two young sons grew up into manhood without their father, but became outstanding men.
This world, which is filled with darkness, is looking for good role models, so are you living a life that’s worth following?
Romans 2: 21-22 NLT says, "Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?"
How often have you heard someone say, "I would go to church, but there are too many hypocrites there." While this is often a mere excuse for many to keep from going to church, it is also a revelation that God is calling all believers to excel in character and conduct. As partakers of His divine nature, all believers should arise and strive to live a victorious lifestyle that exemplifies a follower of Jesus Christ.
Again, are you living a life that’s worth following?
~Dr. Andrew Bills
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