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How Many Church Leaders Were Busted on Ashley Madison Adultery Site?

The Ashley Madison hack, the exposure of adultery and the site itself are all reprehensible and sinful. In some states, adultery is still considered a crime and under the Law of God, it is a capital offense. However, there is at least one outlet claims that around 400 church leaders will resign this Sunday after the list of customers to Ashley Madison was released.

Ed Stetzer wrote at Christianity Today, “Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, staff, deacons, etc.) will be resigning Sunday. This is a significant moment of embarrassment for the church—and it should be. To be honest, the number of pastors and church leaders on Ashley Madison is much lower than the number of those looking to have an affair. Yet, there is still much that we must consider in the midst of the embarrassment.”

Stetzer estimates 400 church leaders were involved on the site. I’m not saying he isn’t correct. It could be more or it could be less. Any church leaders falling into such sin not only brings a reproach upon himself, but upon the Church and the Lord Jesus, as well as gives the world a reason to blaspheme God (2 Samuel 12:14). They also give up any right to lead the Church as well (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1).

There is no doubt that the world focuses much more on those who are upholding the standard of God’s Word and fall. Thus, this is the reason that God, though He forgave King David following his repentance for adultery and conspiring in the death of Uriah (2 Sam. 12:13), faced serious consequences because of his sin (2 Sam. 12:9-12, 14). God told him, “because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme.”

Our sin is always a grievous thing because it is always a rebellion against God and His Law. Church leaders are held to a higher standard as well. They are those who are recognized in the community as those who are the mouthpiece of God in expositing His Word every week.

Whatever the number of church leaders who gave into their temptations and sinned in this manner, whether one or 400, they still give reason for unbelievers to blaspheme the Truth. Unbelievers are still accountable for their blasphemy, but nevertheless the sin of these leaders must be taken into account.


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