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    Pastor Tony Evans resigns over unnamed sin

    Kind of surprised.. age 74

    Unnamed.... Interesting

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    Dr. Evans said that a number of years ago he fell short of that standard due to sin.
    There seems to be no current sin that the pastor is involved in, but it was sin that was committed in past years.
    Why now does pastor Evans seek a healing and restoration process in the present if this sin was committed a number of years ago?
    Why did he not seek help a number of years ago when the sin was committed instead continuing in ministry and his pastorate?

    What sin was Dr. Evans involved in? Who knew about it a number of years ago, and refused to expose it? Was the sin swept under the carpet and hidden with the hope that of no one would ever find out about the pastors short coming? Is it now coming to light because God is exposing it? Is it better to confess now publicly before the sin is released for all to see that it was committed a number of years ago and kept in secret? Anyone ever hear about damage control? Maybe it's better not to know the answer to these questions. Maybe Dr. Evans could not live with the guilt and conviction of what happened a number of years ago, and felt it was better to come clean and get the help he needs now in the present.

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    I believe there's a lot to this we don't know.
    It's so vague that it leads to much speculation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pentecali View Post
    I believe there's a lot to this we don't know.
    It's so vague that it leads to much speculation.


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    Maybe, it's better not to know the details of what occurred a number of years ago, or what sin pastor Evans committed?
    Those who would want to try and speculate (not you Pentecali) or attempt to "dig" could possibly get involved in spreading gossip, which is another sin.
    As for myself, I've always believed that Dr. Evans was a godly pastor. Also, as far as a "shortcoming" that happened a number of years ago, it is not out of Gor's character to forgive if true repentance and confession is sought (from the church janitor, to the pastor). In the case of a leader's sin who is in the public spotlight, the individual involved, receives open public scrutiny because he is well known.
    The consequences for leaders can be much more severe such as losing your ministry and family depending on the gravity of the sin committed. And at the same time, bring a reproach on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sin pays out dividends, and it's always destructive. Yet, God is faithful, and it is possible to reason with Him to receive forgiveness (Isaiah 1:18).
    Pastor Evans has stepped down from his pulpit, and has submitted to his elders to oversee his healing and recovery.

    If Mike Bickel would have followed this example instead of deceiving, and denying his own "shortcomings," and in a timely manner before everything was leaked out publicly, maybe he could have received healing and recovery and a favorable outcome down the road from the Lord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
    Maybe, it's better not to know the details of what occurred a number of years ago, or what sin pastor Evans committed?
    Those who would want to try and speculate (not you Pentecali) or attempt to "dig" could possibly get involved in spreading gossip, which is another sin.
    As for myself, I've always believed that Dr. Evans was a godly pastor. Also, as far as a "shortcoming" that happened a number of years ago, it is not out of Gor's character to forgive if true repentance and confession is sought (from the church janitor, to the pastor). In the case of a leader's sin who is in the public spotlight, the individual involved, receives open public scrutiny because he is well known.
    The consequences for leaders can be much more severe such as losing your ministry and family depending on the gravity of the sin committed. And at the same time, bring a reproach on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sin pays out dividends, and it's always destructive. Yet, God is faithful, and it is possible to reason with Him to receive forgiveness (Isaiah 1:18).
    Pastor Evans has stepped down from his pulpit, and has submitted to his elders to oversee his healing and recovery.

    If Mike Bickel would have followed this example instead of deceiving, and denying his own "shortcomings," and in a timely manner before everything was leaked out publicly, maybe he could have received healing and recovery and a favorable outcome down the road from the Lord.
    I mostly concur. But for a man with a church of 10,000 members to resign over a past sin, means something has been made current. He said there was no crime committed, so, unless he decides to reveal more, just like you said, there's not much use in making guesses.

    Tony Evans had a squeaky clean image, so yea, it does come as a shock no doubt. And the bloggers and talk show host are not going let this die easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pentecali View Post
    I mostly concur. But for a man with a church of 10,000 members to resign over a past sin, means something has been made current. He said there was no crime committed, so, unless he decides to reveal more, just like you said, there's not much use in making guesses.

    Tony Evans had a squeaky clean image, so yea, it does come as a shock no doubt. And the bloggers and talk show host are not going let this die easily.
    Perhaps pastor Evan's 10,000 person congregation has just found out recently about Dr. Evan's past shortcoming (failure or whatever happened). If this was the case, and the truth of his personal life was now revealed, it would make sense to admit to the personal failure publicly to his church and step down. There is no mention of any new or current sin being committed, so I would think this is related to what happened a number of years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
    Perhaps pastor Evan's 10,000 person congregation has just found out recently about Dr. Evan's past shortcoming (failure or whatever happened). If this was the case, and the truth of his personal life was now revealed, it would make sense to admit to the personal failure publicly to his church and step down. There is no mention of any new or current sin being committed, so I would think this is related to what happened a number of years ago.
    That appears to be what happened. But he did wait until it was found out. So not necessarily a lot of virtue in the move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
    Perhaps pastor Evan's 10,000 person congregation has just found out recently about Dr. Evan's past shortcoming (failure or whatever happened). If this was the case, and the truth of his personal life was now revealed, it would make sense to admit to the personal failure publicly to his church and step down. There is no mention of any new or current sin being committed, so I would think this is related to what happened a number of years ago.
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    That appears to be what happened.
    But he did wait until it was found out.
    So not necessarily a lot of virtue in the move.
    I understand this is a serious predicament that Dr. Evans finds himself in. A saved person who commits sin is a serious matter. There is no humor in it.

    But to lighten up the intensity of this thread, without trying to be purposely humorous, I can't help but say this.

    It almost sounds like a plea bargain. I've been found out so I will confess and resign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
    I understand this is a serious predicament that Dr. Evans finds himself in. A saved person who commits sin is a serious matter. There is no humor in it.

    But to lighten up the intensity of this thread, without trying to be purposely humorous, I can't help but say this.

    It almost sounds like a plea bargain. I've been found out so I will confess and resign.
    Right. Hence not much virtue behind the decision if that is indeed the case. But I have no idea. I'm not his judge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    Right. Hence not much virtue behind the decision if that is indeed the case. But I have no idea. I'm not his judge.
    It's also really none of my business of what has happened with Dr. Evans. He has led Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas for 40 years. I am not a part of pastor Evans Bible Fellowship and I have never met the man. Therefore, I will pray for the Lord's grace and restoration to be infused into his life. I am trying to walk out my own salvation in the Lord. I don't have time to meddle in the affairs of Christian leaders who have sinned. All I can do is pray for them. Most of us have committed some type of sin since our initial point of salvation. I have! I have also been forgiven and restored myself in this Christian life as I endeavor to live free and in victory over the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I have grown and matured somewhat more in the things of the Lord and in His word. I am a little bit more aware of who I am in Christ. Being a younger Christian, I admit, I always didn't make the proper decisions which led to "missing the mark" or just outright blowing it. But God has been patient and faithful in keeping me on the straight and narrow, or at least helping me to get up and get back on that path. If I ever do sin, (in word or deed) I hear the Holy Spirit's correction immediately. I am much quicker to repent and be honest with God than when I was in those younger days. I'll be 68 in three weeks, and I'm still here and breathing. Some close calls with death in the past, but the Lord has had mercy and always pulled me through. I'm in the first year of retirement and that is a milestone I thought I might not see. That's all I got to say for now.

    This is the first news and article I have read about Dr. Evans and his "missing the mark." Christian Post at link:

    Pastor Tony Evans’ ‘sin’ confession stuns Christian community | Church & Ministries News
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