The pastor of a Florida church, that preaches to a congregation of over 20,000 people, has suddenly resigned over what he is calling a, “moral failing in his life.” Saying that his sins have effectively disqualified him from being able to guide his flock, his ministry is nothing short of appalled – but not in the way you might think.
According to a recent release to the public, Pastor Bob Coy, 58, founder of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, has resigned from his position effective April 3. Although the pastor who founded the church back in ’85 confessed to a, “moral failing,” nothing more specific was described regarding his wrongdoings.
The news release posted on the church’s website read:
“Pastor Bob will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God and with his family. The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who will help guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration.”
The church is set to maintain its course and is confident that its services will be able to continue unhindered through the use of its extensive team of assistant pastors. According to the Daily Mail, the news broke as parishioners conveyed the decision to special meeting consisting of about 7,500 guests.
Describing that although Pastor Bob was resigning rather unexpectedly, he did relay his admiration for the church and its members while noting, “that Calvary Chapel would continue to flourish.” As the news came as a bit of a shock, it’s safe to say that a few members were a little less than happy.
Member of the church, Wilton Manors, expressed to reporters, “Most people were shocked. A lot of people were hurt, a lot of people are disappointed.” Several members were able to post their reactions to the church’s website before the option to do so was taken away.
Some shared their confusion saying, “I wonder why he didn’t speak to us directly or at least filmed a video…I feel confused/heartbroken.” Others however, remained undeterred in their commitment to the pastor sharing, “We still love you pastor Bob! God bless you and your family in these difficult times. Please consider coming back.”
Pastor Bob hasn’t spoken publicly regarding his decision but has posted to Twitter on two separate occasions since the incident.
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(h/t: The Blaze)