The Fall of Tiger Woods–From a Biblical Perspective

Tiger Woods and his fall from grace has been a shocking revelation to everyone.  How does one go from demi-god to goat in a few days?  From a squeaky clean cultural icon to the butt of late night jokes?

Many are asking, Why?  Why, Tiger, did you do it?  You are worth a billion dollars.  You have a beautiful wife and gorgeous kids.  You own mansions in every corner of the world.  You who are so high up on the pedestal of man’s adoration–what could have possessed you to do such things?

Many excuses have been offered by the press.  He had lived a sheltered life.  Golf was his only world, and he didn’t have a normal childhood.  His “dating life” growing up was skewered because of his early celebrity.

Please.  Enough of man’s sappy wisdom.  What is the raw straight truth as to why he did it?

The Scriptures of truth speak of a corrupt spiritual condition we are all born with [1].  We are born with an old sinful nature.  And this old heart is incorrigible.  You can dress it up nice every Sunday morning, change  the music that it listens to and the books that it reads, but if still alive and given the chance, it will sin.  It cannot change itself.  Try as we might, we cannot effect a lasting change for our old sinful nature.  It has to be stopped, but we in our own power cannot change ourselves [2].

And when you add riches to this old nature, self-deception increases dramatically.  In the mind of man, riches give power, and power gives license to do, they think, whatever they want to do.  They think, “I have money and power and fame.  I’m somebody special, and I am above the law”, especially the moral law of the universe placed there by the Creator.  The “deceitfulness of riches” has tainted the rich man’s mind, deceiving him into thinking that he alone decides what is right or wrong personally for himself [ 3 ].

Like the kings of old, who did whatever came into their mind because they had the power, Tiger Woods has succumbed to the same temptations.  Like a classic tragedy worthy of the name, Tiger’s tragic flaw has been exposed, and it is his downfall, even as we speak.  And so we all can fall, if we are not sober and vigilant, always on guard against our formidable adversary, the devil [4].  And this enemy does not have a forked tail and horns; he has a forked tongue that lies to us in our thoughts and will lead us away from everything that we love or should love–especially our Maker.

Tiger’s sin?  He confessed already his “infidelity,”  which is a cleaned-up synonym for adultery.  Committing adultery is breaking one of the Ten Commandments, and breaking those is sin [5].   And there is a reason why God commanded us to not do this act.  For sin will bring reproach and eventually destroy a person.  “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” [6].

Sin is a spiritual condition that we are born in, but we are not destined to remain in it!  That’s the good news.  Christ’s whole message for us in the personal realm is that He came to eradicate sin out of our lives [7 ].  He did this at the cross by taking our sin upon Himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God, and dying.  And when He died that day roughly 2,000 years ago, our sins, along with our old sinful nature, died with Him!

And when we believe that He rose from the grave, we then receive a new heart, a sinless heart, a new spiritual nature, a new life–in Him.  And He then gives us His Spirit, and by faith in His power, He keeps us from falling.  We are now “raised to walk in a newness of life”.  The old sinful life is gone, “for he that is dead is freed from sin” [8].

But this will only happen when a person is sick and tired of the sinful life they have been living.  And this usually happens when they hit rock bottom.  When a person gets to the putrid bottom of the spiritual gutter, and they have had enough of the swine-pens of sin, then they can finally hit the Rock of our salvation.

Riches, however, prevent one from hitting rock bottom.  That’s why Christ said, “How difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” [9].  Why?  Because his riches tell him that it really isn’t that bad.  Yeah, you made some mistakes, but nobody’s perfect, right?  Look at me.  I’ve still got my money.  I’ll patch it up.  Hey, life is good.  Minor bump in the road.  That’s all.

And so,to the rich, this truth about how to really repent from sin and sinning becomes so much nonsense and foolishness.  Yet Tiger needs this message today.  I’m sending it out into the blogosphere.  Do you think he’ll ever get it?

Do you think anyone will get it?  I do.  Because of our destiny in Him.              Kenneth Wayne Hancock

  1. Romans 5: 12
  2. Romans 7: 17-20
  3. Matt. 13: 22
  4. I Peter 5: 8
  5. I John 3: 4-5
  6. Proverbs 14: 34
  7. Romans 6: 6
  8. Romans 6: 4-18
  9. Matt. 19: 23


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5 responses to “The Fall of Tiger Woods–From a Biblical Perspective

  1. This is an EXCELLENT post. I really don’t have anything to say.

    Thanks !

  2. revenator

    As a former golf professional that is now in my 15th year of ministry, your post was wonderful. My prayer is that someone will intercept Tiger on his downward spiral and lift him up eternally.

    Dr. David Cook works with golf professionals he might be the best person for the job.

    Thanks for your blog. Praying for Tiger, Pastor Tom

  3. Thanks, Pastor Tom, for your comment and encouragement.

  4. William

    I believe the above post from revenator gives us a glimpse of why God has given us the President we have.
    The single most important question anyone will ever ask or be asked is, “what is the truth regarding what happens after I die?”
    Millions, if not trillions of souls have come into this world and have lived reach the age of accountability and have chosen to accept an answer other than the need to place their trust in Jesus Christ.
    Some have elected to believe there is no God, other, another religion not associated with Gods Word and million have chosen to believe in God but not in Jesus or the Word of God.
    Millions of these have chosen to rely on their good works as the reason heaven will be their home, and like Gods Word says…”few will find it eternal life.”
    Tiger Woods is a Buddist. As a former Professional Golfer, I wonder if revenator has chosen to tactfully ignore this, for this is a very sensative ground and may have hoped to convey in his post for those who come by here that there is hope and and this may be the exact thing they need to get up and turn from their sin, that God will forgive them…so why do I say revenators post contributes to the moral decline we have wittnessed and are present wittnessing?
    Tiger as a Buddhist would be embrassing a spiritual walk not found in Gods Word. And Tiger may not know that he has to know the truth about Gods will pertaining to what He did to save mankind from eternal destruction?
    I believe it is paramount of importance that he comes to realize that apart from Jesus Christ and without faith in Him, regardless of what he does about rising back up out of the place he is in…he is lost.
    And this is the message Gods messangers are not telling the world.
    “His stardom”, by comparison to “his soul” is the least of the two loses this mistake has cost him.
    Now God could chose to use him and the prayers of revenator and others may be what God will use…but Gods Word is what he has to hear from “preachers” and from that, the same way He has provided for all to hear and chose…and if he has not heard that…here is a place where it needs to be put forth.

    Tiger, you and I and all humans are born lost; born sinners…(Romans 3:23 – “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”…Romans 6:23 – “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life thru Jesus Christ”…we are headed for a fiery eternal existance because of our sin and would have gone there after we died had not been for the love of God and what God did by giving His Son…who was without sin, allowing Him to die the death we deserve where Hid shed blood paid the debt of sin of all those who believe. Romans 10:9 – “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart thast God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

    Matthew 16:26 – For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Tiger is a man…for God is no respector of persons…and as Gods messangers…we need to be letting mankind know that “celebrity” fame and fortune are not only not important…Tiger may have heard the good news and chose rather to love this world and as a result…gained great treasure both in fortune and fame…but in the end…if he like all those who have not confessed the name of Christ…will all this be worth what it will have cost them?
    The failure, on my part and the part of the many who are the election of God to fail to point out clearly what it will cost those who chose to serve mammon…IMHO…is one of the reasons ournation is on the downward slope towards the end times.
    Gods Word have produced great men and women…lets hope God will say to us…”well done thy good and faithful servant.”

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