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Probation Pastor To Preach

Should a church leader who committed sexual misconduct in his previous church and who is on probation for that misconduct be allowed to continue in a position of leadership after he has been forgiven for his sin by the church?

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 ---Joy on 9/18/05
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If God can forgive our I need say more.
---Gert on 9/2/07

"NO"! While God can forgive him of his sin, this doesn't mean he will not pay the consequences of that sin. Not being a leader may be one of those consequences. (Plus evidence shows, that sexual misconduct is often times a repeat offence.)
---WIVV on 10/19/05

Since he is a preacher/pastor, he will be held accountable for it moreso than if I would have done something like that. The past is the past. I don't care what all my pastor done in his past, that is his past, under the blood. Now what he does now and from now, still isn't my business, but now he knows better. You people are to stricked when it comes of one's past. I have a divorce behind me and before my 2nd marriage, I had my son, I know I wouldn't be welomed in your church Heather:(
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/05

The Bible is clear on this issue. A pastor (like deacons or other prmoninant authority figures in a church) is to be above reproach. When taken strictly (as many churches including mine, do) none of these men should even be divorced or have abuse (of any kind) in their pasts.
---Heather on 9/20/05

God does forgive but even though we have a repenitent heart, sought help, recieved forgiveness from God and receved help in whatever we've done,, we sometimes suffer the consequences of our sins,,but if we stay on Gods path, ask Him to lead you where you can be used by Him for His glory,, if its taking away from God,, then perhaps another area of ministry,,
---michele on 9/20/05

Nobody said there shouldn't be forgiveness. I'm also sick and tired of sugar coating deliberate sin by saying that the person made a mistake. A mistake is adding a tablespoon of salt into your recipe instead of a teaspoon. Leaders should be held to higher standards and they should be the first ones to understand and accept that.
---ralph7477 on 9/20/05

I'm really glad that God sees ME the way that I am NOW rather than the way I used to be. However, I am still living with the consequences of things I did in the past. That is not a lack of forgiveness, it is reality. Our actions now affect us and others, sometimes for ever.
---Xanthi on 9/20/05

That is because you don't have the power to believe God can change a person. When you look at people with a past, you look at their past and not "the person they are now". People make mistakes, we are human. If God can forgive these people then we can to and should.
---Rebecca_D on 9/19/05

Forgiveness is one thing. Having everything go back to the way it was is another. There are consequences to every sin and in this case the pastor should no longer be in a leadership role. Leaders need to earn and keep respect. I used to like Jimmy Swaggert when I was young but when I see him on TV now I just think he's a joke.
---ralph7477 on 9/19/05

Do you not believe in forgiveness? I don't care about anyone's past. If God can forgive this man then so should we. That is the trouble with some people they can't get past anyone's past to see "the changed person". God can change people.
---Rebecca_D on 9/19/05

The bible says a pastor must be blameless. That simply means he has nothing in his life that will hinder the spirit and make himself a bad testimony. Frankly, I wouldn't attend that church.
---shira_5965 on 9/19/05

Everyone falls, even ministers & church leaders. If he has served his probation, and has been forgiven by Christ and the church, then yes...don't keep punishing him when the punishment is over.
---Ann5758 on 9/19/05

Is it the church or the individuals against whom he sinned that should forgive ? If they have forgiven him and are prepared to attend a church under his leadership then I think others should follow their lead. However, there are consequences to our sins, even after forgiveness, and one consequence to this might be that others simply might not trust him and he might have to be monitored in his work. In U.K. he's be on a sex offenders register for several years and limited in the work he could do.
---Xanthi on 9/19/05

I think it would be wise for the church to assign him to an associate pastor's role with few if any pulpit speaking assignments. He could be active in visitations and give Bible studies at least during the time of his probation.
---Pierr7958 on 9/19/05

Not without proper counseling and a time of restoration. Even then not in the same capacity as that of which he was in when he committed the crime.You would not put a fox back in the chicken pen ever.I would think a person that was truly repentent would be willing to accept this and not put themselves in a place of vulnerability.
---Tsuanne on 9/19/05

I'd be leery of it, especially if it was sexual misconduct with a child or teen. If it was, he should have nothing to do with those age groups. He should not be placed in a situation where he would be able to commit the same crime again.
---Annie on 9/18/05

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