I’m just so sorry this happened: Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of the popular evangelist Billy Graham, has resigned from his post at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale.
Apparently, according to a statement which Tchividjian gave to the Washington Post, the resignation is due to a “moral failure” that included extramarital affairs. In his public statement, Pastor Tchividjian said,
“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.”
If you’re married, you know that marriage is hard. Even people of faith, people who try to follow Christ, sometimes fail and hurt their spouses deeply.
Robert Quillen, American journalist and humorist, once said “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” May Pastor Tchividjian and his wife learn to forgive one another, and once again find happiness and fulfillment in the marriage which God has blessed.
There is light at the end of the tunnel after an affair. May they find that light, and may they once again find comfort in each other’s arms.
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Tchividjian is one of five children born to Virginia “Gigi” Graham Tchividjian, who is Billy Graham’s eldest daughter.
He succeed the founder of the megachurch, D. James Kennedy. At this time, it is not known who will step forward to lead the church in the future.