Bob Coy, host of one of iTunes most-popular podcasts on Christianity and known for his teaching on marriage, has resigned as longtime leader of one of America’s largest multisite churches after confessing to a “moral failing.”
One interesting trend among the widespread reactions: Followers want his past teachings put back online.
Coy, senior pastor at 18,500-member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale since he founded the Florida megachurch in 1985, said the failing disqualified him from “continuing his leadership role at the church,” according to a church statement released Sunday (full text below). Religion News Service broke the story, also noted by Charisma and CNN.
Coy, who authored the popular series Building a Godly Marriage along with pastoring one of the fastest growing churches in America, also reached audiences through his Active Word Radio Podcast, which ranks No. 12 on the iTunes chart for Christian podcasts, between offerings from Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes.
The Active Word media ministry has been suspended, according to the church. Coy’s past sermon series on marriage was taken offline and unavailable Monday, as were other media pages at the church’s website.
Among the hundreds of reactions on the church’s website are requests from people who still feel Coy’s past teachings are beneficial. The church explained the removal:
So why was the media content removed? Unfortunately, not everyone, during circumstances like these comes to the website with a heart to learn more about the Bible. We’ve discerned the need to take steps to protect Pastor Bob from those who would seize upon this time to misuse his content and use it negatively during this time in which he and his family need time and space to heal.
Unfortunately, we have already witnessed the malicious use of Pastor Bob’s images and vicious rumors on-line that can only run contrary to our hope for restoration. With that in mind, we have taken the precaution to suspend access to his teaching content for now.
Please be patient with us as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance on how to best restore the content that we know He has used and can continue to use to make disciples.
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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra