I’m sorry I haven’t updated you on our status. I just realized today that this will be 10 years since our great earthquake and the fall of our pastor.
I saw our former pastor yesterday. He is walking with God, growing in his faith and keenly aware of the fall out of what he did.
Sadly, what we experienced is not rare. It happens every day. A pastor pursues a lady in his church. A woman is drawn to the strong leadership of her pastor. Defenses weaken, affections are entangled, a kiss….a hug and then tragedy, sin and destruction.
In a culture where an affair is considered good sport it is still a major sin in the church and should be! A pastor is called on by God to live a holy, godly life and be an example for the church family and the world around. But when they fall, and they do every day, everyone says, “See, I told you it was all fake, all a lie!” And the church becomes a laughing stock, a joke to a cynical world.
Pray for your pastor. His temptations are greater than he knows. He is a target for the enemy and any time the enemy can tempt a pastor to sin many lives are affected. It’s actually the enemies best way of destroying the church.
Our church is now 1/3 the size it was. We have a new pastor. The entire staff (except for me) is all new and no one thinks of the old days, but the actions of 10 years ago destroyed a church family and changes countless lives.
I look forward to the redemptive work of God in the midst of all of this. I can’t wait to see how God glorifies his name after all that the enemy has done. One day we will see it, but for now we rebuild after the earthquake.