Several pastors including his former counselor Paul Tripp, called on embattled ex-pastor and Billy Graham grandson Tullian Tchividjian to repent on Monday as a highly placed source said his mother is “saddened” by the sordid sex scandal that destroyed his marriage and ministry in 2015.
“Inasmuch as Tullian Tchividjian has habitually and impenitently used his public platform, his family’s good name, and the name of Christ for his own selfish ends, we believe that he has disqualified himself from any form of public vocational ministry,” the pastors wrote in a joint letter published by Willow Creek’s Senior Pastor Kevin Labby.
Labby hired Tchividjian in Sept. 2015 after he resigned from his position as pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the summer of that year after confessing to infidelity. Tchividjian was also deposed of his pastoral credentials by the South Florida Presbytery and divorced his then wife Kim in a very public breakdown of his marriage to her.
Tchividjian was fired from Willow Creek in March however after Labby found out that he had lied about the extent of his sin and had failed to disclose a 2014 affair he revealed to close allies at Coral Ridge.
Others who signed the letter are: Pastor R.J. Grunewald of Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan; Pastor Matt Popovits, lead pastor of OSNY, a family of neighborhood parishes working together to love and serve the city of New York; Lutheran Pastor Donovan Riley; Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, Olso, Minnesota; and prominent Christian figures Elyse Fitzpatrick and Kimm Crandall.
“For the sake of his eternal soul, we implore Tullian Tchividjian to repent of his wickedness and demonstrate his repentance by submitting himself to the leadership of his church of membership, pursuing forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation with those whom he has sinned against. We send our plea to Tullian in a spirit of gentleness and with broken hearts. May Christ have mercy,” they ended the letter.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post