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I’m 82 But Still Run Away From Temptation – Adeboye on Sexual Sin


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has emphasised the importance of vigilance against sexual temptation, despite years of ministry and spiritual anointing.

Speaking at the recently concluded Ministers and Workers Conference of the church, Adeboye cautioned ministers and youths alike to remain wary of the allure of sexual immorality.

“No amount of anointing can fight such temptation,” Adeboye asserted during his sermon, urging attendees to not rely solely on their spiritual status to resist sin.

He stressed the need for constant vigilance and proactive measures to avoid compromising situations.

Adeboye warned his audience using references from biblical stories to illustrate his point.

He said, “Some of you can say, ‘Daddy, what are you saying, are you still running?’ I run fast. “‘With all your anointing?’ Does anointing turn your body to stone?

“Samson was anointed. Single-handedly, he killed a thousand soldiers. A woman finished him. I hope the boys are listening.

“You can say, ‘Is anybody still interested in an 82-year-old man?’ She is not interested in you but interested in putting an end to all the great works God has done through you.”

The 82-year-old pastor candidly shared personal insights, stating, “I run faster than before because the closer you get to the finishing point, the more careful you must be.”

Addressing both genders, Adeboye cautioned, “You see that woman smiling at you everywhere you go, she is there smiling, and she is not your wife, run.

“Girls, when you see a boy smiling at you saying, ‘Where have you been all my life? It looks as if the sun has just come out.’ “He is calling you sunshine.

“By the time he finishes with you, you won’t even know the difference between sunshine and sunset. You may laugh but mark my words.”

Quoting biblical scripture, Adeboye reinforced his message: “The Bible says, flee youthful lust. It did not ask you to say grace would be sufficient. There is no grace for what God says you should run from. Maybe grace to run.”

“I do warn my children, particularly the boys. I said if the devil comes against you, tell the devil to get lost, but when you see a girl smiling at you in a funny way, run because you can’t win the battle.

“Didn’t you read a report that a man committed an offence about 42 years ago, and now his ministry is finished? Anybody who tells you that whatever you do is hidden, it’s hidden until the wind begins to blow.”

The conference, attended by ministers and workers of the RCCG, featured practical teachings on maintaining spiritual integrity in the face of societal pressures.

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