Using Scripture Well in Pastoral Care

Brenda got up in the middle of the night and caught Tom, for the third time, looking at pornography. This time she drew a line and said this behavior needed to stop or she was leaving. Tom's first thought was to see Pastor Fred. Maybe he could help.

Tom stopped by the church and somewhat desperately told Pastor Fred what had happened. "What do I do now?" he asked. "I don't want Brenda to leave."

Knowing that Tom needed conviction of his sin and to repent from his pornography habit, Pastor Fred turned to Scriptures like Matthew 5:28-29, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out," and Hebrews 13:4, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

As Pastor Fred spoke, Tom slunk deeper and deeper into his chair until finally he muttered a quiet "Thank you for ...

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