On June 21st, I woke up to a disappointing announcement that Tullian Tchividjian stepped down as pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale after admitting to an affair. A report to the Washington Post said the following:
“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 don’t know who Tullian is, he is Billy Graham’s grandson and author of many of my favorite books. One of which is One Way Love – Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World. That one in particular is the most articulate book on grace (vs. law) that I have ever read. I cannot recommend it enough. It will help you better understand your standing before God through the grace and blood of our Savior. You can get it from David C Cook Publishers.
Amidst all of the sin and sadness, this is just a shocking reminder that Satan is hard at work and does not relent. Does God still work through us even in our sin? Absolutely. Is this unforgiveable? Absolutely not. Thank God his grace is forever. If you are truly saved by the blood of Christ, you are counted righteous before God. How humbling! This grace should motivate us to live our lives worthy of the calling we have received. May this sad news be an exhortation to live above reproach and encourage you that no matter how far you fall, God’s grace meets you there.
On Sunday, Tchividjian posted this message on Twitter:
“Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here.”
Praying for Tullian, his family, and all believers to remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realm.