Consequences of Moral Fall
by: Randy Alcorn
Whenever I feel particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation I ﬁnd it helpful
to review what effects my action could have:
• Grieving the Lord who redeemed me.
• Dragging His sacred name into the mud.
• One day having to look Jesus, the Righteous Judge, in the face and give
an account of my actions.
• Following in the footsteps of these people whose immorality forfeited
their ministries and cause me to shudder: (list names)
• Inﬂicting untold hurt on Nanci, my best friend and loyal wife.
• Losing Nanci’s respect and trust.
• Hurting my beloved daughters, Karina and Angie.
• Destroying my example and credibility with my children, and nullifying
both present and future efforts to teach them to obey God (“Why listen
toa man who betrayed Mom and us?”).
• If my blindness should continue or my wife be unable to forgive,
perhaps losing my wife and my children forever.
• Causing shame to my family (“Why isn’t Daddy a pastor anymore?”).
• Losing self-respect.
• Creating a form of guilt awfully hard to shake. Even though God would
forgive me, would I forgive myself?
• Forming memories and ﬂashbacks that could plague future ministry
with my wife.
• Wasting years of ministry training and experience for a long time,
• Forfeiting the effect of years of witnessing to my father and reinforcing
his distrust for ministers that has only begun to soften by my example
but that would harden, perhaps permanently, because of my immorality.
• Undermining the faithful example and hard work of other Christians in
• Bringing great pleasure to Satan, the enemy of God and all that is good.
• Heaping judgment and endless difﬁculty on the person with whom I
• Possibly bearing the physical consequences of such diseases as
gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, herpes, and AIDS; perhaps infecting
Nanci, or in the case of AIDS, even causing her death.
• Possibly causing pregnancy, with the personal and ﬁnancial
implications, including a lifelong reminder of my sin.
• Bringing shame and hurt to these fellow pastors and elders: (list names).
• Causing shame and hurt to these friends, especially those I’ve led to
Christ and discipled: (list names).
• Invoking shame and life-long embarrassment upon myself.
Wow! If this list of consequences doesn’t make you think twice, I don’t know
what will. It reminds me of Proverbs 6:“Can a man scoop ﬁre into his lap
without his clothes being burned? . . . But a man who commits adultery lacks
judgment; whoever does so destroys himself” (v. 27, 32).