The past couple of years have been chocked full of headlines about the sexual sins of church leaders. Few have openly repented. Some have resigned from positions to save face, but thankfully true repentance is not dead in the church. Repentance is what God requires when we sin. Its no secret that gospel rapper Emanuel Lambert aka DA Truth acknowledged last November that he committed adultery and consequently resigned from his music ministry. Its been about eight months since those revelations and I for one was very touched and heartened to read this latest statement released on his website.
“I’m coming to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a brother, a friend and co-laborer in the gospel. I’d like to start by thanking you all for your love, prayers and support. For every one that has been wondering where I’ve been, I say with all sincerity that I have been at the foot of the cross, seeking the heart of God, reprioritizing, realigning myself with Him and reuniting with my wife, family and friends.
I have sought forgiveness from my wife Nicole Lambert for breaking my vows and the covenant that I made before God, abdicating my responsibility as the priest of my home and forsaking my responsibility as a husband and a father.
I owe more than an apology to my two daughters Carlise Jackson and Summer Lambert. I would never want a man to do to them what I did to their mother. In this area I have been an example of what not to be. I am saddened and deeply shamed by my actions.
To my personal ministry team, I realize that my actions have compromised the integrity of our mission and call but I am so grateful that you have forgiven me and I am looking forward to how the Lord is rebuilding us as a community and will use that to minister healing to His people and the world at large. ” [full statement]
God bless this young man and those who are directing him back to restoration. I read the entire statement and there was no obfuscating or word play to make him look good. There was no casting blame and “you who are without sin” sermonizing. Like a man of God he bowed down and confessed his own sins. The reason I call it true repentance is because true repentance is never face-saving. And true repentance is evidenced by obedience to the process of restoration.
I want to say openly to Emanuel: God is pleased with your humility, submission and your willingness to openly repent for what you have done. Like probably a lot of people who didnt know you personally, it hurts and is disappointing to hear of a brother’s sin, especially one so promising. Yet, obeying what the scriptures tell us to do when we sin is not punishment but a glorious testimony. I don’t know if you will read this but I’d like to share with you a couple of scriptures that tell us the benefits of repentance.
1. Repentance proves that you love and know Christ 1 John 2:1-5
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
2. God promises that he will respond to our repentance with overwhelming grace 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I look forward to you getting back in your place and letting God take you to a higher plain. To every other young man who is been tempted by sexual sin, heed the words of David:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Psalms 119:9