While many have expressed sympathy for the fallen former church leaders, I believe that the Lord is much more concerned for the sheep who have been harmed by their former shepherds’ abandonment of Christ and His church. Woe to such false shepherds (Ezek. 34:2), who fed themselves by soaking up the adulation of the crowds and making a great deal of money with their high salaries, book sales, and honorariums (Ezek. 34:2-3, 8).
Many of us have been shaken by former church leaders who have fallen away, most recently Joshua Harris. Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp has been the “go-to” book to warn pastors and seminarians against living a double life which can lead to spiritual shipwreck. Yet three of the five men whose endorsements appear on the back cover have failed in their ministries in recent years. They were not heretics but were the evangelical/reformed superstars who were plenary speakers at our mega-conferences. We bought, endorsed, and gave away their books. They powerfully and accurately preached the gospel. How could such a thing happen?
Cases - Christians - Example - Mom - Children
There are also less-publicized cases of professing Christians falling away. For example, the seemingly perfect home-school mom with seven children who abandons her marriage, her church, her faith, and even her children as she runs off to live with another woman. What caused her to turn away so radically?
Thankfully, God’s all-sufficient Word helps us to understand these tragic situations and warns us concerning ourselves and those we love.
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