I Am Training to Be a Pastor But I Struggle With Porn

Episode 489 Show Notes 

From the Show

Precisely the thing that we need who are looking to go into the ministry is honesty and confession. My greatest concern is for those young men who are looking to go into the pastorate who are trying to hide all of their sins, who don’t confess them because they think they have them under control. The fact of the matter is, unconfessed sin does not go away. It will kill you, and it will kill your ministry.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I heard that you use the NIV Bible. Someone told me that the NIV Bible is missing verses throughout it. Is this true?

2. In light of Matthew 4:17, I wonder if there is a need to repent every day. And sometimes I wonder about salvation and if you can lose it if you sin too many times.

3. I’ve been in seminary now for 2 years, feel called to ministry, and I’m an intern at my church. However, I still struggle with lust and pornography. I delved into porn at a very young age, before I was a Christian, and I’m still working through the damage it caused to this day. I have begged God to take it away, and it has become less over time, but still, if I am called into the ministry, I’m supposed to not even have a hint of sexual immorality in my life. Do I have to have 100% total victory over my inclinations before I can be a minister of the word? Why won’t God totally change my heart and take it away? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked him to take it away. Any help would be appreciated!

4. If a person did something wrong, by that I mean break the law, and then later got saved, but before they were able to be accountable to the law on a worldly level, they died. Would they still be separated from the Lord if they could not make it right according to human law?

Resources

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch

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