The most mentioned experience of anyone in a church where the pastor has fallen is pain. The pain of loss, disappointment, betrayal and so much more. For some the pain is blamed on God and faith is questioned. Others simply walk away. “If this were real,” they say, “this wouldn’t happen.” Others say, “how could a man of God I trust do such a thing?” and their faith flounders, the pain grows.
The pain of loss. The pain of so much comes from the unexpected betrayal. For some their walk with God is compromised for months, if not years.
How has the pain of this experience affected you? How has it affected your church?