Resignation and Repentance

From Doug Phillips at Vision Forum:

With thanksgiving to God for His mercy and love, I have stepped down from the office of president at Vision Forum Ministries and have discontinued my speaking responsibilities.

There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance. I have confessed my sin to my wife and family, my local church, and the board of Vision Forum Ministries.  I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.

There are no words to describe the magnitude of shame I feel, or grief from the injury I caused my beloved bride and children, both of whom have responded to my repentance with what seems a supernatural love and forgiveness. I thought too highly of myself and behaved without proper accountability. I have acted grievously before the Lord, in a destructive manner hypocritical of life messages I hold dear, inappropriate for a leader, abusive of the trust that I was given, and hurtful to family and friends.

Read the full letter at THIS LINK. Several passages of Scripture come to mind, instructing Christians how to treat a repentant sinner (particularly a brother):

For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. ~ 2 Cor. 2:6-8

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him. ~ Luke 17:3-4

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ~ Galatians 6:1-3

It is our prayer that Christians will respond as Christ calls us to–without malicious gossip or pointless speculation or self-righteous moralizing. May we all be Publicans, crying out to God, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” For that is what every one of us is, and no one is immune to the ravages of sin. Christ’s grace is not conditional; He died for sinners. He died for the lost. He lives to make intercession for a people who fail Him on a daily basis. When we stumble, He raises us up. Thanks be to God.