The Preacher goes into the woman's house, knowing he is permitted because of his moral status in the community but his intentions are far less honorable. He seduces the woman while in her presence. Stating his case for sin in the name of God. She is seduced...finding herself caught up in the throws of his deception. He has lied to his faith, his congregation, his unsuspecting victim...
As he rises from his malicious work craving unsatisfied he walks into the church doors, Sunday morning to preach his next sermon. Only this Sunday was different...this Sunday was Easter Sunday.. A stranger in the audience stood up during the testimonial and praise portion of the service to declare a prophetic word. That word was "Stop your sin or your house will fall". The word though in code riveted through the preacher's being. Had he been discovered? Encumbered by the weight of the word he couldn't regain his resolve. He began crying incessantly. The moment told the more telling truth to his congregation. He knew that it was over. He had to change. More than that he realized that his tirade was an angry campaign he had launched against God because things didn't happen the way he wanted them to in his life. Profuse with grief, he surrendered himself to the Holy Spirit. Jesus was knocking on the door of his heart this Easter Sunday morning. ..calling for change, submission, repentance and surrender. As Jesus once spoke to Saul now known as Paul Jesus asked the corrupted preacher...Why persecutest thou me? Preacher. ...it is hard for you to kick against the pricks". The preacher was filled remorse asking for forgiveness. He was given new instructions. The congregation in that seemingly endless moment began to pray for the pastor. A new day had indeed begun. Like this? Enjoy other original shorts in the members section of Emerging Christians.
Written by Calvin L Smith.
Calvin L. Smith, MA, LPC
Calvin is a licensed Christian Counselor. He received his first masters degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University.
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