Much of the SBC world continues to be reeling this morning from the information that Executive Committee President Frank Page resigned yesterday due to ethical failure. I gained’t rehash the small print right here, however you possibly can learn Dave Miller’s submit from yesterday right here. It features a hyperlink to the Baptist Press story.
I love the good hymn Come Thou Fount. The entire music is nice, however I have some favourite strains.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to go away the God I love
Here’s my coronary heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
Those are the phrases in my thoughts and on my coronary heart right this moment. If Frank Page can wander, so are you able to. So can I.
It’s why I selected to learn from Proverbs 5 this morning in my devotional time with the Lord. While we have no idea the specifics of Page’s ethical failure, maybe all of us ought to remind ourselves of those essential phrases right this moment.
My son, concentrate to my knowledge;
hear carefully to my understanding
2 so that you could be preserve discretion
and your lips safeguard information.
three Though the lips of the forbidden lady drip honey
and her phrases are smoother than oil,
four ultimately she’s as bitter as wormwood
and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 Her toes go down to dying;
her steps head straight for Sheol.
6 She doesn’t think about the trail of life;
she doesn’t know that her methods are unstable.
7 So now, sons, hear to me,
and don’t flip away from the phrases from my mouth.
eight Keep your method removed from her.
Don’t go close to the door of her home.
9 Otherwise, you’ll surrender your vitality to others
and your years to somebody merciless;
10 strangers will drain your assets,
and your hard-earned pay will find yourself in a foreigner’s home.
11 At the tip of your life, you’ll lament
when your bodily physique has been consumed,
12 and you’ll say, “How I hated self-discipline,
and the way my coronary heart despised correction.
13 I didn’t obey my lecturers
or hear carefully to my instructors.
14 I am on the verge of full smash
earlier than the complete neighborhood.”
My intent right here isn’t to touch upon the passage however to heed the warning and exhort you to do the identical. None of us ought to presume that we can not fall. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).
Brothers, lets pray for Frank Page, his household, and whoever else could have been concerned in his sin. And let’s pray and be careful for ourselves, that God would give us the grace and power to endure to the tip.