Pastor, Confess Your Sin—No Matter the Consequences

Collin Hansen | November 1, 2016

Pastors are flawed, sinful people, just like the rest of us. But those called to vocational ministry are and should be held to a high standard of personal holiness. Paul told Timothy that elders must be “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2). James warns, “Not many of you should become teachers . . . because you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (3:1).

This standard presents a difficult situation for pastors in dealing with their own temptations and sin. If they try to conceal their sin, they imperil their souls. If they confess their sin, they risk losing their jobs—even if what they confess doesn’t disqualify them from ministry according to Scripture. Healthy spirituality is only possible when sin can be openly confessed, but this is a tricky thing for pastors to do well.

To talk about these difficult questions, I’m joined on this podcast by Ray Ortlund. He is lead pastor of Immanuel Nashville, president of Renewal Ministries, regional director for Acts 29, and a TGC Council member. 

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