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 Robbins is a pastor at Sleater-Kinney Road Baptist, in Olympia, WA, and an Investigations Manager with the State of Washington. He blogs as the Eccentric Fundamentalist

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.  

G. N. Barkman's picture

I think Jonathan Leeman nailed it.

G. N. Barkman