Wilbert Gordon was the bi-vocational pastor of Smack Run Baptist Church and the CEO of Reliance Electronics. Pastor Wil served SRBC for many years and had a good reputation in the community. Those who knew him well told about a godly man who put Christ first in all things. His name among Baptists and other denominational leaders was well respected.
Every year Pastor Wil took two weeks off from his duties with the congregation to focus on end-of-year matters at Reliance. These two weeks were baked into his leadership at SRBC and the church was glad to give him the time away. During one of these periods, he met Janice Reed, a consultant for an outside accounting firm Reliance brought in to do their yearly audit.
She was a bit older, married, and very attractive. They behaved professionally toward each other in the office, but when extra hours were needed his guard fell down. He quickly found himself involved in an affair. Pastor Wil knew it was wrong, but couldn’t stop himself, and she didn’t give him reason to.
Eventually, the private affair became public gossip. Smack Run asked him to resign or face removal. Janice divorced her husband and moved in with Wilbert. Eventually, they moved away and relocated to Mobile, Alabama.
How do we explain sin—blatant, obvious sin—in those who not only know Christ but are devoted to serving Him?
Why is it important to at least try to explain how godly people fail?
What could Wilbert have done to prevent this? Or, after the fact, to correct it?
The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground,
The money and the thrones are gone.
The adjulation and praise have disappeared,
And keep silence:
They have cast up dust upon their heads;
They mourn like Job.
They have girded themselves with sackcloth:
No more taylor suits, and expensive excessories.
The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground,
Their celebrities are brought low, finally.
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Dear Church and Friends,
I will have to admit this passage in Matthew’s gospel is one of my favorites. His willingness to touch the leper and to come into the Roman’s house highlights His compassion for us. This recording also contains a hymn, Bible reading, and a call to worship in the Psalms.
All my best,
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Her gates are sunk into the ground;
If the foundations be destroyed,
What shall the righteous do?
He hath destroyed and broken her bars:
The glory of the cities of all the earth
Falls now into ruin.
Her king and her princes are among the Gentiles:
The Leadership is spend and carried off,
Their iniquities filled up his measure.
The law is no more;
Her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.
Hope is stripped away.