Another Megapreacher Steps Down After an Affair

Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham and the man who replaced the late D. James Kennedy as the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida, has resigned after admitting to having an affair. He released this statement to the Washington Post:

“I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family. As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign. Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm. We are amazingly grateful for the team of men and women who are committed to walking this difficult path with us. Please pray for the healing of deep wounds and we kindly ask that you respect our privacy.”

What I find notable about this is not the affair; we’ve seen more than enough of that from high-profile evangelical preachers to possibly be surprised by it. But Tchividjian was not your average evangelical pastor. He’s the guy who made a very explicit break from his predecessor Kennedy, who was one of the old lions of the Christian right, by stepping away from politics and culture war issues and just sticking to theology.

He’s also the guy who created, with his brother Boz, the Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment, an organization that is dedicated to rooting out the sexual abuse of children by leaders of evangelical Protestant churches. They have long argued that the pedophilia problem is just as bad, perhaps even worse, in Protestant churches than in Catholic churches, but it is more easily covered up.

Tchividjia was actually doing some good in his work in holding other churches accountable for abusive and criminal behavior. This will certainly impede his ability to do so, which will lead to more cover ups and abuse.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Is it true that a megapreacher is comprised of 5 smaller preachers who all combine together to form the megapreacher. Sort of like Captain Planet or Voltron, only with more Jesus.

  • Michael Heath

    A failure in character by this pastor bringing up the affair of his wife.

    I still like Jimmy Swaggart’s outing best when it comes to sheer entertainment value.

  • Synfandel

    …I subsequently sought comfort in a friend…

    Interesting choice of words.

  • Doc Bill

    Translation: ” … my penis sought revenge in another woman’s vagina …”

    I get so tired of these wankers! Horny-boy tweeted that we are all sinners but God forgives sinners; we are all guilty, we are all promise breakers …

    But, hey, if you’re a Christian you can sin, be guilty and break all the promises you like because you get a Get Out Of Hell Jesus Pass! What a deal.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Tullian Tchividjian”

    Isn’t that a jihadisortaname?

    I thought that Rev. Billy and his ilk were all REAL MurKKKans.

  • tbp1

    Affairs are common enough in all walks of life, sadly. It’s good to see that he’s not a total scumbag, I guess, but have any of Billy Graham’s kids and grandkids made a career that didn’t involve cashing in on his name and reputation?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I misread the title as “Another McPreacher” …

  • llewelly

    Wait. If it is true that the affair “developed” after they were separated … why is this such a big deal?

    Some Christians are sooo stuffy.

  • erichoug

    This is what happens when your ideology conflicts with reality. Reality doesn’t lose very often.