Some years ago, a Ruckmanite pastor took a church running 19 people and built it up to 400 in two years. He established a Christian school, teaching a strict set of man-made rules in both his church and school. About a year ago, he began an affair with one of the married teachers, while both of them continued to follow the man-made rules. Three months later, a high school student saw them kissing, and while lying and slandering the student, the two of them continued to obey the man-made rules. Six months later, they got caught and he was forced to resign, still without having violated the rules.
How was this possible? Proverbs 6:32 tells us: Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding
The woman later wrote in to a Christian hate site, blasting both the pastor and the student, claiming that the pastor had deceived her. How could that have happened? Proverbs 2:11-12 tells us that "Understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things"
The man-made rules didn't make either one of them holy, but understanding would have. Job 28:28 tell us "...to depart from evil is understanding." So how do you get understanding?
Ps 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
Ps 119:104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
Ps 119:130 ¶ The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Reading God's Word will give you understanding, and understanding will separate you from sin. Let's spend more time in God's Word today.