“Walking With Christ and Fighting Sexual Sin” is a 4 part blog series written by our very own Bill Rosenberger. These posts are directed towards Christians who are struggling in any way with sexual immorality. The process of our sanctification in Christ requires that sin be put to death and this is just one area where the battle against sin rages, but it is a battle being fought by a great number of people.
PLEASE NOTE: We have made every effort to use appropriate and God-pleasing vocabulary in these post, but we are still aware, based on the subject matter, that some of the language may be offensive to certain people. You have been warned.
By Bill Rosenberger
Throughout this blog series we have looked at the prevalent reality of sexual sin and how it affects so many lives; we have looked at the adverse affect that sexual sin has on walking with God, and we have seen that the Gospel is the only true and absolute solution to the problem of sexual sin. Now it is time to commit yourself, by the grace of God, to killing this sin and to use His strength to walk away from sins of lust; then it’s time to get some accountability.
Accountability is both important and Biblical. It’s one of the reasons that living a Christian life cannot be done in solidarity. Temptations hit all of us, and when we can share with one another our burdens (Galatians 6:2), there is someone to help carry you.
When it comes to sins of lust, this is especially important for two reasons. One, sexual sin can be a very private battle. It is easy to conceal, particularly when a person is dealing with an addition to pornography.
The second reason that sharing our burdens is so important is the relief that comes from confessing our sins. And this comes from personal experience and from conversations from other men who have talked about the burden of fighting the battle alone falling from their shoulders.
In the New Testament, James twice discusses the importance of fighting sin together in chapter 5. In verse 16, he writes: “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
And in verses 19 and 20, James says, “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
Proverbs 27:17 says that as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.
But maybe the most powerful piece of scripture that supports accountability is from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
This is where the church comes in, specifically your brothers in Christ. This is where men stand alongside one another, in the power of the Gospel, to fight the lust that walks among us. There are men in the church that are struggling with sexual sin, love Jesus and desperately want to find freedom. But they lack accountability.
For those of you at Crew Church, there are men who want to come alongside as mentors and accountability partners. These are men who have fought the fight and emerged victorious through the power of the Gospel.
You aren’t alone. And you can’t fight it alone. Be a part of a transformation that starts in your life and through the power of the Gospel can change many other lives as well.
God, we know there are people struggling with sexual sin. They want to break free and are ready to leave the chains behind. But they need someone to walk with them. Give them the courage to open up to someone within the church so that we as a church can walk alongside them and provide Biblical accountability. In the same manner, raise up men who will provide that accountability.
Please give us victory, by the power of the Gospel.