February 22, 2007

Could you be trusted?

A friend of mine had asked a question about Jim Bakker, who once led a popular television Christian program called, The PTL Club.

After he became familiar with Jim Bakker's story, he had asked if he could be trusted again and also asked what my opinion was of him. Written below is what I had shared with him.

Ask this question, has God trusted you after you have sinned? You and I can answer that question honestly to say, yes, He has.

Remember Ted Haggard, the pastor from Colorado, who was removed from his position as pastor because of his sexual immorality, he may one day become a pastor of a church again.

With any sin, we suffer the consequences of it, emotionally, physically and spiritually. If we truly come to God and repent of our sin before Him, God will restore us. Others would need to see the change that has occurred so that they could trust that person once again. It may take some time because that trust was broken, but it can be regained. Just like baptism is an outward expression of an inward change, our lives would have to show the inward change by the outward expression of our love and appreciation for God's grace and forgiveness. You and I know that it is His love that makes us want to change to become better at living the Christian life.

Look at the Apostle Peter. Did Jesus trust him after he denied knowing Christ? Jesus trusted Peter with the Gospel to fulfill the Great Commission even after he cursed a woman denying he even knew Jesus. Has Jesus trusted you with the Gospel, after you have sinned? I, myself am included in that question too.

If we are the same way with others who have broken our trust, as Billy Graham showed to Jim Bakker, we would be showing the world the same forgiveness and restoration of trust to someone, in a Christ-like manner, because Christ lives within them. What an awesome way to share the Gospel with someone too!

The Apostle Peter is probably the best example I can think of that would be similar to Jim Bakker and to you and I, generally speaking of course, but it does apply.

Psalm 51:10-13 says,

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Have a blessed day.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kurt,

You are the company chaplain and Christian blog composer par excellence!

I like the Psalm at the end to tie it all together. Such simple words are profound.

Thanks again,


Anonymous said...

To be honest, I kind of forgot about Jim Bakker until this past week. I agree with you that God has forgiven him of his sin. However, I would not trust Jim Bakker with my finances. As you mentioned, there are consequences for your sins and unfortunately, the type of ministry that Jim Bakker had - involved trust. His trust level may be wavering - however he is forgiven. You mentioned in your blog that Peter was forgiven of his sin (basically for denying Christ)-and he became a mighty man for God. I believe this might be little different because Peter truly repented and was changed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I'm not saying that Jim Bakker has been changed - I'm only stating that Peter was entrusted to carry on the work for the Lord and he did this only through being washed in the blood and empowered by God. Jim Bakker does not even hold a candle to Peter. Yes he is forgiven, but I would personally not trust him.

Good write up.
God Bless Kurt.

Anonymous said...

I agree totally! All of our sins past, present and future are washed in the
blood. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I enjoyed the reading. Nice

Keep up the good work, Kurt. Continue to let your light shine for our King!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this with us Kurt!! Blessed be God's grace and mercy each and every day.....

God bless,

Stu & Mary Suster

Anonymous said...

Just a short note to say, "Thanks"! I read your recent blog entry and really appreciated what I read. Kurt, I cannot get into great detail but I am in a lot of pain and have not really revealed this to anyone outside of close family members. Most of it is surrounded by my inability to trust. Again, I don't feel comfortable getting into the details, but I can tell you that I found your writing very comforting. I will be honest though, and say, when I first started reading I felt like "Doubting Thomas" as I do believe that the world is filled with people who prey on those whose vulnerabilities are "out there" for the taking.

In all, I was glad that I went and part of the message had real truth for me. For this, I thank you!