Jump directly to the Content

Keys to Preventing Adultery

Resisting sexual temptation involves taking practical steps and caring for your soul.
Keys to Preventing Adultery
Image: South_agency/istockphoto.com

The Ashley Madison leak has exposed the private lives of thousands of customers, including some prominent leaders. Sadly, the church is not immune to sexual immorality and has seen, in the past year, some leaders step down due to unfaithfulness.

To help us think through the sexual temptations leaders face, we talked to Michael Todd Wilson, author of the forthcoming book, Unburdened, the Christian Leader’s Path to Sexual Integrity (IVP). Michael is a licensed professional counselor and board-certified coach with Intentional Hearts.

Every year brings news of another sexual scandal involving church leaders. What is it about ministry that can be fertile soil for this kind of sin?

Some of the problem is inherent to us men in general: lack of emotional awareness, self-sufficiency, pride, a tendency towards isolation. But as leaders, there are additional factors. Three mentalities in particular set leaders up to fall.

"The buck stops here." This is a problem for anyone ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

From the Magazine
Who Will Pay Africa’s Medical Bills?
Who Will Pay Africa’s Medical Bills?
Locals are increasingly running African mission hospitals. The next challenge: keeping foreign donors.
Editor's Pick
When Churches Put Love at the Center
When Churches Put Love at the Center
How "beloved community" helps us envision tangible ways to embody kingdom values.