VIEWPOINT: Can pastor who had an affair be forgiven?

Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, a 20,000-member megachurch, resigned abruptly last week. The church’s website said he had confessed “to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985.”

The resignation and terse explanation has led to much speculation, including a TV station saying that Coy “confessed to key leaders that he had cheated on his wife,” and a blogger claiming he has “confirmed” that Coy had at least two extramarital affairs and a longstanding “problem with pornography.”

forgiveness_ccCoy himself has not spoken to the church or the media since resigning.

Michael Mayo, a columnist for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, raised two questions:

Does Coy and the church leaders owe the congregation more than an ambiguous farewell?

And was it necessary for Calvary Chapel’s longtime pastor to resign?

“… I’m more than a little baffled by the whole thing,” wrote Mayo, who described himself as a “secular/agnostic who believes in the Golden Rule.”

“I mean, if the cornerstone of Coy’s brand of religion is that all humans sin and that God forgives, then why couldn’t this particular transgression be forgiven in his workplace?,” Mayo wrote. “If it involved infidelity, isn’t that something mostly between he and his wife? What is it about this supposed sin that’s so severe it disqualifies him from continuing his job?”

What do you think? Do you think Coy should have resigned (or been forced to resign) for his “moral failing”? Do you think he should have stayed if he repented and agreed to counseling, as some religious groups do in such cases? or is it hard to say without more information?


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One Response to “VIEWPOINT: Can pastor who had an affair be forgiven?”

  1. cyn

    He committed a sin which disqualifies him from leadership. However, he should have been placed on leave and restored if repentant. This is all unlclear and does deserve an explanation.

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