Many Christians Really Do Prefer to Use Sexual Failures as Role Models As Opposed to Success Stories – The Tullian Tchividjian Come back
I believe I’ve blogged about Tchividjian before – he’s a preacher who has admitted to having a series of affairs (more like CSA, Clergy Sex Abuse). Here as of late, several spiritual abuse blogs have noted that Tchividjian is making a comeback – when he should be permanently retired from the pulpit.
One spiritual abuse blog quoted this from another blog, by Mark Jones (source); I think the entire blog post is worth a read, but this is the most pertinent part for this blog’s purposes:
We can also look at Zahl’s article [about restoring Tchividjian to the pulpit] and come away with an almost shocking revelation, namely, that sin is actually a resume enhancement, not a resume killer. The Scriptures go to great lengths to speak about the personal piety of pastors.
But for Zahl, Tullian is more qualified to preach the gospel, not because of his piety but because of his impiety. This sort of biblical ethic is extremely dangerous, and I would say that Zahl needs to repent for even hinting at this idea.
Let us sin that grace may abound! We will be better preachers (“qualified brilliantly”) when we’ve preyed upon married women, destroyed families, and caused pain to our flock. Think about that for a minute.
I don’t have much more in the way to say about this, as I’ve pointed out before how many to most Christians and churches would rather offer up known and self-professing fornicators as role models as examples for adults and teens to listen to about matters of sexual behavior than adults past the age of 25 who’ve never had sex because they chose to remain celibate until married.
You see this part by Mark Jones?-
….namely, that sin is actually a resume enhancement, not a resume killer. …
But for Zahl, Tullian [sexual sinner] is more qualified to preach the gospel, not because of his piety but because of his impiety. This sort of biblical ethic is extremely dangerous…
And that is exactly how churches treat sexual sin as opposed to adult celibates who have walked the walk. Many Christians act as though someone who slept around a lot but became celibate in their late 20s is some kind of sterling example to parade in front of adults or teen aged kids, so they hold them up as such in blog posts, or invite them to church groups to speak about sexual purity.
Christians get this stuff backwards: not sinning in the first place should be the example (note, you can find this example in Jesus who never sinned), not pointing to the guy who admits he did “x” (fornication or whatever) a billion times in a row by the time he was age 30, but is no longer doing “x.”
I refer you to some of my previous posts on this topic:
(Link): Past Sin Does Not Make You A Better Spiritual Leader by P Cooke