Why repentant pastors should be forgiven but not restored to the pulpit

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TylerR's picture


Bro. Cauthorne,

I've never heard of the man in the linked article you posted (above), but I'd take anything a so-called "discernment ministry" puts out with a very, very, very large grain of salt. They are not credible sources of information. Rather, they're often incubators for hatred, slander, and self-righteousness. P&P is a particularly depressing entity; their Twitter feed is enough to make you want to abandon social media. To subscribe to their blog or follow their Twitter feed is to wallow in a sewer.  

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government.

Bert Perry's picture

CD's reference, whatever the facts might be, is a good illustration of the difficulties of knowing how to approach these things, and as Tyler notes, there are those who will (discernment ministries especially) hasten to make a mountain out of a molehill.  Sometimes it is quite frankly difficult to figure out whether an incident is just an incident, or whether it's reflective of their general character and a disqualification.  

Regarding that reference, though, a big warning is the use of anonymous sources.  If we won't tolerate this from the New York Times or Washington Post, why should we tolerate it from a shepherd of the flock of God?  Contrast Pen & Pulpit's tack with that of The Biblical Evangelist revealing the Hyles-Nischik affair.   Sumner uses multiple named sources, and it's sad it didn't get out sooner.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

G. N. Barkman's picture

I think Jonathan Leeman nailed it.

G. N. Barkman