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Overcoming Sexual Temptation In Ministry

When temptations confront ministers, the choice is simple but not easy: stand firm or fall flat, said Robert E. Reccord.

"Two leaders, one stood firm, one fell flat; every one of you will make the choice somewhere in the journey," Reccord, president of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, said during a Jan. 30 chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

In a message comparing how the biblical characters Joseph and David dealt with temptation, Reccord referred to James 4 in the New Testament and noted, "Here's the key. Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil.

"Are you watching Temptation Island? Are you drawn to the porn sites on the Internet?" Reccord asked. "Are you reading novels you shouldn't be reading? Are you watching pay-per-view TV you shouldn't be seeing? Are you going to movies
that compromise the values [the Bible] holds? Therefore, submit yourself to...