14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
"If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not."...........
This statement is from the most spiritual man in the New Testament, Paul the Apostle. He went on to declare himself a wretched man, because of this conflict; Sin manifesting in me. I have it, daily, as does everyone reading this, who is truly born again.
Somehow, in our religious culture, we demand that the PRIEST CLASS, the MINISTRY CLASS "PASTORS"....do not have sin, but dwell in a pristine state of holiness. It is an unwritten commandment, but real. Only the pew class, the "common people", sin...and these must confess their sin to one another.
This idea of ministry has caused more division and destruction to body life, and the body than any other, in my opinion. Richard Roberts is just a brother..but he bit into the apple that he was above that....which turned him into the elite, the Pastor!...the Priest over millions.
In his mind, he could never share his struggles with the common brother or sister; They would lose respect for him. This is rooted in pride, but it is how the Ministry Class MUST respond. If they do not, then everyone will see that they are just like everyone else; barren, needy, and struggling...needing a Savior daily, and needing a Cross daily to deny themselves, and that satanic nature that we are without the cross.
When this inward battle is left unchecked, often the stronghold of the "flesh"..[satanic nature we are..] gains ascendancy...and prevails. There has been a flood of famous preachers exposed lately. They are just men, like you and me. Men fail, and struggle, just like Paul the apostle.
If we were related in the body, I would invite him over for coffee, and give my mercy away to him, as we sought Jesus to cleanse. That day he would be cleansed, get up, and go on. He is just a brother..who fails just like me...
This will probably cause him to be excommunicated by many though.....as he probably has no authentic church that could minister to him.
"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
This system is broken.