Tullian Tchividjian

Breaking News: Nine Associates of Tullian Tchividjian Issue “Call to Repentance”

The following has been posted at on the websites of those signing the call to a repentance process for Tullian Tchividjian, and shared on social media. It was posted approximately 11 a.m. (Eastern time). Twitter handle links and blog posts of the “Call” after the names were not in the original statement. They have been added for reference purposes, for those who may want to track comments and responses.

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“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” — 2 Corinthians 10:5

A Call to Repentance

Dear Friends:

We join with others in expressing our shared grief regarding these latest allegations, as well as our thankfulness for the courageous women who came forward to tell their stories. We join our prayers together that they will receive the care and support that they need to heal and move forward in their lives.

In the wake of the initial revelation in June of 2015 that Tullian Tchividjian had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship, a group of pastors and friends reached out to him in accordance with scripture’s clear admonition in Galatians 6:1–2:

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.

In the months that followed, we were encouraged that Tullian seemed committed to walking a path of healing and renewal through repentance under the authority of his church of membership. However, later disclosures, and these most recent allegations, cast grave doubts over the sincerity of this commitment.

Inasmuch as Tullian Tchividjian has habitually and impenitently used his public platform, his family’s good name, and the name of Christ for his own selfish ends, we believe that he has disqualified himself from any form of public vocational ministry.

For the sake of his eternal soul, we implore Tullian Tchividjian to repent of his wickedness and demonstrate his repentance by submitting himself to the leadership of his church of membership, pursuing forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation with those whom he has sinned against.

We send our plea to Tullian in a spirit of gentleness and with broken hearts.

May Christ have mercy.

Pastor R.J. Grunewald [] [RJ Grunwald]

Pastor Kevin Labby [] [Kevin Labby]

Pastor Matt Popovits

Pastor Donovan Riley

Pastor Chris Rosebrough [] [Captain’s Log]

Pastor Scotty Smith* []

Paul David Tripp [] [Paul Tripp]

Mrs. Elyse Fitzpatrick [] [Elyse Fitzpatrick]

Mrs. Kimm Crandall [] [Life in Words]

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*According to a note from Warren Throckmorton, “For undisclosed reasons, Scotty Smith dropped out of this effort.” This change is reflected in some of the repostings of the statement.

 

105 thoughts on “Breaking News: Nine Associates of Tullian Tchividjian Issue “Call to Repentance””

  1. Mark, no offensive taken at all! I detest Calvinism and what goes with it, it is abundantly clear in my comments, and I have very good reasons for feeling and believing that way, but you have every right to express your opinion too. That’s what grown-ups do
    Again: NO offense taken at all; I do read your comments too and I consider and learn from them too.
    In the end, we are all here because of abuse and with those who support us who have been (being) abused.
    Blessings to you, Mark. Keep on posting. This is a great, great site!

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  2. Per KAS’s comment from a couple of days back, it’s worth noting that Tom Chantry was charged with felony child sex assault back in July. For whatever reason, it’s hitting the papers now.

    http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/nov/26/pastor-charged-multiple-counts-child-molestation/

    Pray for justice in this case, as the charges come from multiple sources, and there is a hint that some of them may be corroborated by physical evidence/medical reports. I don’t believe you’ll hear much about this, though, as both prosecution and defense appear to be playing things very close to the vest to avoid trying the case in the papers. Chantry’s lawyer is John Sears, who appears to be rather eminent among Arizona defense attorneys.

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