And another one falls from grace…
Another pastor has “bitten the dust” by committing adultery – and it’s all because he clearly doesn’t bother to follow ADONAI’s Torah rules and consequently allowed himself to commit “deliberate sin.” (Committing adultery is not “an accident”….)
Karl Lentz, who baptized Justin Bieber, was a popular lead pastor of Hillsong Church NYC until November 4, 2020, when he was fired for committing adultery – and his mistress is now “spilling the beans” to the press (and, of course, making it look as though it was all his idea and his fault….).
Well, Lentz has said he’s sorry (of course, he’s sorry … he got caught!). But “sorry” doesn’t help on Judgment Day because the Bible tells us there is no “sin sacrifice” for deliberate sin.
You see, Yeshua’s death doesn’t cover purposeful sins AFTER you have accepted his divine blood to “wash you clean!” Yeshua’s death removed PAST sins – those committed BEFORE we received the Ruach (Holy Spirit). (See Genesis 2:21-24; Numbers 15:30; Hebrews 6:4-8 and 10:26.)
I’m pretty sure there will be those who accuse me of “judging” and suggest “we pray for Pastor Lentz.” To that I say, yes, we can certainly pray for him all we want, but that won’t remove his guilt nor change anything because he has not only committed a sin against God by desecrating his own body which is a temple where the Ruach resides; but also against his wife and the woman with whom he committed adultery….
Before Yeshua came onto the scene to shed his blood on our behalf, anyone caught in adultery (both parties) immediately received the death penalty by stoning (Leviticus 20:10-15).
The severity of the act of adultery has never changed, and therefore, Pastor Lentz no longer qualifies to be a “man of God” for he has ruined the “spotless reputation” required of a congregation leader (Matthew 20:25-28; Titus 1:5-9, 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Exodus 18: 21 "But you should choose from among all the people, competent men who are God-fearing, honest, and incorruptible, to be their leaders..."
Lentz – like all the other adulterous pastors who preceded him – will end up begging for forgiveness; and “good” Christian people will (as usual) insist “he just made an honest mistake”; and they’ll go around quoting that “God is loving, merciful and forgiving” etc., and therefore, we must forgive this “little transgression.”
The thing is, if they had ever read the Bible from cover to cover, and understood God’s original, divine instructions in those first five Books called “Torah” wherein the Ten Commandments reside (Exodus 20), they would have realized that there are some DIRE consequences for deliberate sins AFTER having received the Ruach….
The Seventh Commandment says, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
That was NOT a “suggestion!”
We humans are commanded to be “wholehearted.” Anything less will not work on Judgment Day.
Numbers 15: 30 "'But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people. (CJB)
Hebrews 6: 4. But they who have once descended to immersion and have tasted the gift from heaven and have received the Ruach haKodesh 5. and have tasted the good Word of Elohim and the power of the world to come, 6. cannot again sin and a second time be renewed to repentance; or a second time execute him on a stake and insult the Son of Elohim.
7. For the earth that drinks the rain which comes often upon it and produces the herb that is of use to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from Elohim. 8. But if it should put forth thorns and briers, it would be discarded and be approaching closely to a curse, and its end would be a conflagration. (AENT)
Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies. (CJB)
The above Scripture is not referring to those unclean bondages that dwell in our flesh but to the conscious choices believers make. It refers not to our unintentional sins but to those we pursue knowingly and willingly.
2 Peter 2: 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for a person is slave to whatever has defeated him. 20 Indeed, if they have once escaped the pollutions of the world through knowing our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah, and then have again become entangled and defeated by them, their latter condition has become worse than their former.
21 It would have been better for them not to have known the Way of righteousness than, fully knowing, to turn from the holy command delivered to them. (CJB)
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (CJB)