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I am writing this post with a seriously broken heart. One of my heroes has fallen. He lost everything and ruined a 40 year reputation. There is a huge part of me that prays it’s not true and I do believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the actions his organization has taken lead me to believe the charges may be true. I’m devastated. I’m not mentioning the name or telling the story. I’m telling you this because we all need to guard our hearts.

The person in question had a huge ministry, one that saw thousands of people come to Christ and now it’s over, at least for him. Part of me wants to be angry. He should have known better, but here’s what you need to know: There’s an old saying, “New level, new devil.” It’s not entirely true, it’s the same old devil, but those of us who do the Lord’s work are his prime target. We have a price on our heads from the enemy of our souls. The temptations will be ratcheted up and the more you do, the higher that price becomes. Don’t be so naive as to think no one wants to take you down. Our souls have an enemy, he’s called the accuser of the brethren for a reason. The more people you’ve been used to reach, the more havoc will be wreaked when you’re brought low. Brothers and sisters, guard your heart, know your weaknesses and cover them.

Someone might be tempted to ask the question, “Where was God?” “Why did God let this happen?” The Bible shows us something very important. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” God was there. God was faithful. God provided the way out. The person in question didn’t take it. Here’s the thing, temptation is no time to test your strength. When you are tempted the smarted thing you can do is flee.

I will not sit in judgment of this person. I pray for him and for others affected by his alleged actions, and for any one of the thousands of people who may have heard this news and today have questions about what they experienced. God is always good, even when heroes fall, even when people fail. If you read this article and want to back away from doing good, that is the wrong response. No, we need to keep doing good while guarding our hearts and looking for the God-provided ways out of temptation.