Christian Post, a site we do not recommend, has the latest on disgraced pastor Tullian Tchividjian. Last year we reported that after admitting to an adulterous relationship he was asked to resign from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian in South Florida. Shortly thereafter, Tchividjian was hired by Willow Creek Presbyterian as Director of Ministry Development. We then reported that he was immediately fired from that job when affair #2 came to light six months later. We also let our readers know that in August of this year Tchividjian remarried. CP has provided photos of the couple’s wedding celebration along with an excerpt from the sermon he gave.
Following are biblical qualifications for a pastor:
For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. – Titus 1:7-8
Tullian Tchividjian, the Rev. Billy Graham’s grandson who lost his church and wife last summer to an adultery scandal, has re-emerged with a new wife and a redeeming message about God’s “magnificent intervention.”
Tchividjian’s remarriage was first confirmed in a Facebook post on Saturday by his new wife, Stacie, as she highlighted a sermon he delivered at the non-denominational Spring Hills Community Church in Santa Rosa, California.”What an honor it was to be invited to Spring Hills Community Church and sincerely welcomed by such a loving staff and congregation! Our time in Santa Rosa was too short, but SO wonderful … Tullian Tchividjian (my amazing Hubby!) delivered an authentic, powerful message,” she wrote in part.While he did not comment on his remarriage, Tchividjian highlighted the same sermon on his Facebook page on Saturday about an hour after his new wife posted it.”Very grateful to our friends at Spring Hills Community Church for the invitation to come and speak a few weeks ago,” Tchividjian wrote of the Oct. 31, sermon.
“Many people inside the church have come to believe that Christianity is all about Jesus being our example, what would Jesus do? But that’s not the Good News of the Gospel.
“The Good News of the Gospel is not Jesus as our example. The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus is our substitute. What has Jesus done? Because Jesus being my example is not good news to me and it shouldn’t be good news to you. He was perfect,” Tchividjian added.
“If you’ve ever been caught up in a secret that you don’t want anyone to know, or if you’ve ever struggled with an addiction of some sort, or you’ve been living a lie to certain degree, there’s a part of you that does not want to get caught, obviously. But there is another part down deep inside that recognizes you’re enslaved to whatever it is that you’re doing and that you need help,” he said after sharing the story.
“And there is a part of you that actually, at least in my case, wanted to get caught because you know that you’re not going to get yourself out of this mess on your own. And you’re gonna need help to get out of it. Well, that was the case for me,” he said. “I knew what I was doing was bad. I felt guilty about it, but I also knew that there was no way I was getting out of this on my own.”
He went on in the sermon to explain that Christians oftentimes can become self-righteous in a way that “keeps us from seeing God.”
“Until we see how bad we are we will never see how good God is. Grace will become nothing more than white noise to us unless we recognize just how desperately we need it,” Tchividjian said.
God, he said, loves train wrecks and broken people because train wrecks and broken people are all that there are.
“Good meets us in messy places because messy places are all that there are. He comes to meet us in dark places because dark places are all that there are. … He loves us because we are bad and dirty,” he said.
Tchividjian resigned from his position as pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last summer due to an extramarital affair. He also filed for divorce from his now ex-wife, Kim, and was deposed of pastoral credentials by the South Florida Presbytery.
Church Discipline, Contemporary Grace Style by Rick Phillips
Many people are unaware that Tullian Tchividjian is a leading voice in the Contemporary Grace Movement (hypergrace). Rick Phillips addresses it here.
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