You cannot have missed the sad news about the former President of the National Association of Evangelicals and Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I haven’t written about it until now because I simply could not have an opinion about a situation that I know so little about. The first couple of days of reporting included little more than speculation and the transmission of hearsay.
But as of today, the picture has become fairly clear. The overseers at New Life Church issued a statement yesterday announcing the ouster of their pastor, and a letter from the pastor was read to the congregation today. Among other things, the pastor’s letter said this:
The fact is, I am guilty of sexual immorality, and I take responsibility for the entire problem.
I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life.
For extended periods of time, I would enjoy victory and rejoice in freedom. Then, from time to time, the dirt that I thought was gone would resurface, and I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach (source).
I pray the Lord’s blessing, forgiveness, and healing on the former pastor, his family, the New Life Church, and the pastor’s accuser (Galatians 6:1-2). I also pray that in spite of this tragedy (2 Samuel 12:14; Romans 2:23-24) the Lord’s name and renown would be exalted in the churches across our land (Isaiah 26:8). And I also pray that the Lord would grant me the mercy to be faithful (Philippians 2:12-13) as I am keenly aware of my own fallenness and propensity to sin (1 Corinthians 10:12).