I admit that when I heard the news about your serial adultery a few weeks ago, I was completely surprised and saddened. I had always admired your phenomenal golf skills but also your deep affection for your parents, (especially your relationship with your “Pop”), and what appeared to be an authentic love for your wife and children.
The prevailing sentiment seems to be that you need to take time off and work on your marriage (or what ever remains of it). You have said in a statement that you will be taking an indefinite hiatus from golf to “focus (your) attention on being a better husband, father, and person.”
But as David and I can testify to, you will be wasting your time if you think you can, by your own power, salvage your marriage and your career.
As politically incorrect as this may be for us to say, we wish to share with you what the vast majority of your high-priced P.R. consultants and lawyers most likely never will. They will be telling that you can remake yourself and restore your marriage. One columnist even suggested you read John Eldredge’s “Wild at Heart.” May we suggest a different book?
This book will help you realize that there is nothing you can do to heal your wounds and the wounds you have inflicted, by your own power or strength to liberate yourself from what appears to be a severe compulsive sexual and drug addiction.
No doubt you feel deeply ashamed and humiliated. Your whole world has come crashing down around you. And it probably feels as though this nightmare will never end for you. There is a good reason for that feeling; shame brings a sense of hopelessness that man cannot overcome on his own.
However we are privileged to tell you that there is some really good news you may have never heard before. That good news is in the book we are recommending to you.
As dark and hopeless as things may appear, the Bible teaches that God is in the forgiveness and saving business. It’s His specialty.
You see, 2009 years ago, God’s son Jesus Christ (the promised Jewish Messiah), came to earth to live among man and to willingly die on a cross to pay the price for all of mankind’s’ sins (past, present and future) so that we could have a direct relationship with the living God and eternal life with Him.
Tiger, you have already acknowledged that you have sinned.
The Bible says that sin separates us from God but that by putting our faith and trust in Jesus and accepting His free gift of salvation we can instantly have new and eternal life, by allowing Jesus to take up residence in our hearts. The Bible promises that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
You can have a fresh new start Tiger—a “mulligan” if you will—by merely acknowledging to God that you are a sinner and that your sin separates you from God and that you understand that God’s son Jesus Christ died willingly to pay the price for all of your sins and that by believing in Jesus and accepting Him into your heart that you can immediately be washed clean from all of your sins and live with Him forever in paradise.
Tiger, as much as we hope and pray you are convicted to invite Jesus into your heart and allow Him to put the pieces of your life back together (as He has done in ours), we understand that you may be somewhat apprehensive about giving up control of your life and taking that “leap of faith.”
If you are, our advice is to ask God in silent prayer to reveal Himself to you.
If you have an open heart and genuinely desire to know the truth, we have no doubt that God will reveal Himself to you in an unmistakable way so that you would know the truth and that the truth would set you free. He did that very thing to both of us.
Tiger, if you have a Bible please go find it right now and read John’s Gospel. If you don’t have one, get one. It is the single-most important thing you will ever do.
God is in the saving and reviving business, Tiger.
He’s seen cases like yours before.
And He’s fully equipped to deal with your situation.
As bleak as things appear, Tiger, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
God loves you Tiger. He’s crazy about you. He has given you an incredible talent and created you for His pleasure.
You have only done what many of us may have done in your position given the incredible temptations you face on a daily basis.
You are only human.
But God has provided a way out.
Because He loves you Tiger, He came in human flesh and died for you.
For all your sins…past, present and future.
Invite Him in your heart, Tiger, and receive the new and everlasting life only He can provide.
That is the best Christmas gift anybody could ever receive.
Receive it and experience true healing, forgiveness and the abundant life that only He can provide.
Prayerfully in Jesus’ name,
Gregg Jackson and David Jeffers
David Jeffers is the author of “Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland” and the proprietor of Salt and Light Blog (www.saltandlightblog.com).
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