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How can a man of such great loyalty, sacrifice, honor, discipline, and willpower as General David Petraeus get caught up in an adulterous affair? “How could he allow things to go so far?” asks Joel Stein in his November 2012 Time Magazine column.

Stein’s answer is that people in Petraeus’ situation are particularly vulnerable to such temptation because they have such little experience in sexual temptation. A Biblical answer is similar, strong people are susceptible to a fall because they believe they are above temptation.

It is disconcerting that he could allow this weakness to put his job, his career, his reputation, as well as his country at such great risk. Pastors and other religious leaders can make the same mistakes. It is important to always be on the alert for temptations. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Time, November 26, 2012 p. 62

1 Corinthians 10:12 (HCSB) “So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall.”

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