What Pastors Should Do When They Sin Publicly

We all remember the scandal that came out about, “?” You can fill in the blanks. All too often, we hear of a prominent pastor or preacher, across denominational lines, who have sinned publicly. That is sad isn’t it? My question is, “Do pastors ever sin in private?” Of coarse they do. If pastors sin privately, then why do we have such a heart burn when they do it publicly? The answer is very simple, and can be easily understood.


It Is A Matter Of Integrity

When Nathan confronted King David (2 Samuel 12:142 Samuel 12:14
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14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.  

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), one of the forgotten charges made was that the pagan nations could seize an opportunity to blaspheme God. Pastors are not God, but His divinely called representative. For this reason, the dignity of this office must be kept as holy as can be achieved. When a leader, such as a pastor, sins publicly, then it gives great occasion for Satan to chip away the integrity of the office. The example which he sets forth and the great measure of accountability to God REQUIRE integrity. When this is jeopardized, even lost and unsaved people are hurt by it!

It Is A Matter Of Testimony

While it is true that all of God’s children are ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:202 Corinthians 5:20
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20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  

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) and must represent Christ in a righteous way, the office of pastor, missionary, and evangelist must hold the standard high. This is not new to the New Testament, but simply what God has demanded all along. If you study the Old Testament standards for the priests, then you will see that God set the standard high. God uses his men to reach the world and they must exemplify His holiness. They are certainly not perfect, but they must give their utmost to please the Lord.

What A Pastor Should Do

When pastors sin publicly, they must be sure to handle things in an appropriate manner. All eyes are on them and they need to have the highest respect for the office in which they serve. Listed below are 5 suggestions as to what a pastor should do when they have sinned publicly.

  1. Admit the sin
  2. Ask for God’s forgiveness first, then from those affected by the sin
  3. Make restitution
  4. Submit to accountability
  5. Move On

It is very important that the pastor consider the practical ramifications of their actions. God forgives, but man is still scarred. Time can take the sting away, but one cannot expect immediate closure. Depending upon the sin, the pastor may need to step down from his office; even if the church is still desiring his leadership. The office, God’s standard, and public testimony are more important than what a congregation may want.

Conclusion

This is a touchy subject in our day. The modern day consensus is that the standard is too high and we should lower it a bit. The problem with that is we are comparing men with men. God set the standard, not man! It is very important for the pastor to hold the standard high in his own life if he wishes to serve in such a HIGH office. He must be sure to keep himself clean with God privately AND also publicly!

Much more can be stated concerning this issue. Our desire in this post was to place some ideas in front of you for you to consider. May all who claim the title of Pastor/Missionary/Evangelist take great care in living for Christ!

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This is an outsourced post from Ministry127.com by Pastor Joshua Teis of the Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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Do Pastors Still Mourn Over Sin

There are numerous issues in the ministry which a pastor will face that will cause mourning. Being that each of us are unique, the scope, and severity of those things will affect us differently. In view of this, how many pastors really grieve and mourn over sin?

Though sin is irritating, can disrupt a pastor’s plans, and will bring division to a church, pastors should mourn over sin for more than what happens to them and how they are personally affected. Rather, the pastor should take this and let it fuel his passion of God. He should ask himself the question, “How does God feel about this?”

Personal sinfulness should concern the pastor. He should not think that he will escape the consequences of his actions. Sins left unchecked in his life can lead to worse sins and worse actions. Sooner or later, his sins will deepen and cause damage to his public ministry.

The sins of others, public or private often are known by the pastor. Usually, they are more of an aggravation, but this should not be what causes a pastor to mourn. The pastor should be shedding tears of remorse over the fact that people have sinned against God and they are hurting themselves and those around them.

The Old Testament prophet named Daniel is a classic example of one who mourned over his sins and the sins of others. We find that is was during a time of mourning, fasting and prayer that God blessed Daniel in a mighty way. In fact, we are rewarded today because of the fruit of his prayer meeting with God that day. This episode is found in Daniel chapter nine. The keystone in the archway of prophesy was revealed to Daniel as a result of his diligent Bible study and brokenness over the sins of Israel.

It certainly stands to reason that if more people, especially pastors, were to mourn over sin as exhibited by Daniel, then God would see fit to bless us more than we are experiencing now! It should also be noted that as we mourn we should repent. Pastors should herald God’s Word, but should also heed its message! Mourning precedes repentance, but repentance does not always precipitate from mourning. Until sin is exceeding sinful once again, we are doomed to repeat our vile acts against God.

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