Debbie Crawford, local church bible study teacher, has been removed from her duties for pet sins that are hindering her teaching. Church leaders presented a list of continuous sinful actions that included envy, gluttony, procrastination and a history of domineering her husband. Leaders and friends confronted her with these issues. She did produce some short-term victory but continued to regress to these sinful patterns.
A letter was brought forth before the church announcing her removal. In addition, she will no longer be able to participate in any mission outreaches. The church did make it clear that no gross sin of adultery or false teaching had taken place.
For we all stumble in many ways…-James 3:2
This seems to be the year for elders being removed from their positions. I am greatly saddened when I read of a noted pastor such as Darrin Patrick or Tullian Tchividjian who has been called out and discharged from church leadership because of their sin. The Christian community is quick to judge and tweet their disgust while the unbelieving world glories in the fall of a prominent Christian figure.
Sin devastates. It devastates you, it violates God, and it destroys the unity of the body and consequently hampers our testimony. -John MacArthur from Restoring the Sinning Brother
I am not a prominent Christian figure but if my sins were to be heralded by Christianity Today what was written above would be the text. What would yours say? Confession and restoration is the goal of my sin just as it is for these men. When true brokenness and repentance takes place let the church do all it can to bring healing to those involved from the pastor to the church members.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. -Galatians 6:1,2