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Conquering Temptation With Fear?

07 Jun
Anthony Weiner

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Are Pastors and Politicians simply  “losing their minds” in order to gain satisfaction of their hidden lusts?

 Weinergate is further documentation that we are in some serious trouble folks. Flagrant deception, covetousness, hypocrisy, camouflaged with  bold public  lies.

Dr. Russell Moore tackles the flagrant sin issue and goes to the root of the problem in his “Are You Smarter Than Anthony Weiner” article. 

 Moore is Dean of the School of Theology  at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

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“Almost every adultery situation I’ve ever seen includes a cheating spouse who honestly believes that he or she is not going to get caught. The cheater often doesn’t want the marriage to end in divorce. Instead, like the characters in today’s headlines, he or she instead wants to keep everything the same: spouse, kids, and lover too. That’s irrational and completely contrary to the way the world works. Anyone can see that.

But you can convince yourself…or be convinced…that it will work for you. You’re special, after all. That’s the way temptation functions. We put consequences out of our minds, both temporal and eternal consequences. We start to believe that we are gods, with power over good and evil and life and death. And then we do crazy things.

This doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence. Satan is hyper-intelligent. And yet, even knowing that he will ultimately have his skull crushed, he rages all the more against Christ and his people, “because he knows his time is short” (Rev. 12:12). In terms of the most basic principles of military strategy, that’s crazy. What we need is not intelligence, but wisdom. Wisdom includes seeing where the way I want to go will lead (Prov. 14:12).


I don’t know who you are, reader, but I know you are probably not smarter than Anthony Weiner or Arnold Schwarzenegger or John Edwards. And neither am I. Both of us, you and I, are on the verge of wrecking our lives. We’re probably not on the verge of a situation quite like any of those men, but the gospel tells us we have vulnerabilities just the same, and they all can lead to destruction.The answer isn’t found in talent or in strategy or in brilliance. It’s found in fear, the fear of the Lord and the vision of his future.
Lord have mercy.”

http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/06/06/are-you-smarter-than-anthony-weiner/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/06/07/the-fear-of-the-lord-and-the-tempatation-of-life-without-consequences/

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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in infidelity, marriage, temptation

 

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2 responses to “Conquering Temptation With Fear?

  1. FLIPP TODD

    June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I think this is great Dr.Hanner,
    Holiness and the fear of the Lord or the lost sermons of the 21st century….I am reminded every time I see or read your articles or posts of D.L. Moody and how people used to say that he would take the daily newspaper or the current event and keep them relevant to the bible and or the days current problems compared to the bible…”Dr Moody Hanner”I think it has a nice ring to it!….keep em coming!….

     
  2. Teressia

    June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    When I was young I lived in fear of Mother ‘catching’ me. Now, I realize THE LORD sees all, knows all, hears all and even knows my heart. I understand, “The fear of THE LORD, is the beginning of Wisdom.” We become wiser to our choices and associates. We find ourselves seeking to be in HIS SWEET PRESENCE, leaning not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledging HE IS WITH US AND LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY and HE will guide our paths.

     

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