My good friend Marty Everding is going to be speaking at a local Nebraska men’s conference called the Ironman Conference. He’ll be speaking on pursuing Christ as in pursuing sexual purity. In a recent update email on his preparations, he wrote:
I was reminded of something last night through The Pilgrim’s Progress in chapter four where Apollyon is hammering Christian, and the poor guy loses his sword; as he is about to get skewered he reaches once more for his sword, grips it and cuts Apollyon deeply. Christian cries out, “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise” (Micah 7:8).
I am struck with the thought that for many men who fall, there is often little inclination to get back up. The attendant feelings of worthlessness and guilt often obscure the path out of the woods, and while confession, repentance and contrition might be embraced at some level, there is often a general malignancy that stays across a guy’s chest convincing him to stay down. It is almost as though he believes he is not forgiven and there are no brighter days ahead of him.
Truly sexual sin — in an eternal sense — is no different than any other. There is redemption, freedom, and no condemnation in Christ (Rom. 6:14; 8:1; Col. 1:13-14; 2:13-14).
Also, if you are going to be in the Omaha/Lincoln area on April 18, I encourage you to consider attending the Freedom Nebraska men’s conference. Tom Osborne and Nebraska running back Roy Helu will be among the speakers.