Tullian Tchividjian, Restoration, Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Tullian Tchividjian is still doing his thang – leading many astray with his made-up story on his personal spiritual restoration. And he’s taking this gig on the road in speaking engagements around the country.
He’s doing podcasts like this one, about fallen leaders and restoration:
So, he’s making publicity stints about his own failures, claiming to have been restored. But he’s not restored, no matter what he says publicly.
How does one know what true restoration looks like? Ask his victims – the ones he harmed the most!!
When someone has been caught lying multiple times, it’s foolish to take them at their word until they have a proven track record. You must test what they say to see if it is true. If you want to be certain that a fallen leader is truly repentant and is restored, the first people you need to ask are the ones he harmed in the first place: his ex-wife, the women he took advantage of sexually while in the position of a pastor, the staff he harmed verbally and spiritually. Someone who is repentant will make things right with those he harmed, even if it means never being restored to a position of leadership again. In fact, one of the first signs of true repentance is leaving ministry, knowing that you have already harmed so many, you don’t want to risk the potential opportunity to do harm again. We haven’t seen any of that in Tullian Tchividjian.
Everybody wants to believe a transformation story. But you are believing a lie if you are allowing Tullian Tchividjian to convince you that he is transformed. I have done the due-diligence work to find out. I have asked the questions to his victims.
Case in point. Rachel – this Rachel — Survivor of Tullian Tchividjian’s Alleged Clergy Sexual Abuse Goes Public with Her Story – Part 1 — texted me last Thursday.
Here is the important part of our conversation where Rachel reports that Tullian has not repented to her. It’s important to note that Tullian was a big part of the demise of Rachel’s marriage. (Btw, Rachel is not the only victim whose marriage failed after Tullian’s sexual misconduct.)
And here is new website announcing the new church starting up in fall:
Seeing the above posts on Instagram and Facebook, his busy speaking/teaching all around the country and on podcasts, and now a new website announcing a church, he is most definitely in ministry work.
As a reminder, the following statements have not been rescinded from GRACE and his former pastor, Kevin Labby:
Statement from Kevin Labby, on December 1, 2016:
We are deeply grieved by these latest allegations, and have profound gratitude for the courageous individuals who shared them, as well as those who worked tirelessly to chronicle their stories. I read their accounts multiple times through tears. My prayer is that they will receive the necessary care to move forward, and toward that end we continue to offer earnest prayers and full support.
We would also like to state in the clearest possible terms that we do not believe that Mr. Tchividjian should be in any form of public or vocational ministry. Rather, inasmuch as he is truly repentant and in accordance with his membership vows, we would urge him to immediately return to his church of membership, submit to its leadership, and pursue healing and renewal through repentance in the context of his local church to the glory of God and for the good of the broader Church and her witness to the world.
On behalf of the Session of Willow Creek Church,
Kevin Labby, Senior PastorSource
Willow Creek Church – Winter Springs, FL
And now a follow-up on a previous post. Almost exactly a year ago, Tullian Tchividjian and Fortress Publishing company announced that Fortress Publishing was reprinting his best-selling book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Publisher’s Weekly reported:
Three years after a sex scandal involving Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian, Fortress Press is bringing his book Jesus + Nothing = Everything back to print. Slated for publication in fall 2018, the reprinted book will feature a new cover, new endorsements, and an introduction by Tchividjian that addresses the past three years, including “how the message of God’s grace has sustained him,” according to the publisher.Source
It’s been a year since the announcement. Fall 2018 came and went, and there’s no new book. I tried contacting Fortress Press, but did not receive a response. However, I did see an email dated July 2018 from an editor at Fortress Press which said that Fortress Press had decided not to re-publish the book “after careful deliberation.” While there was a good bit of fanfare announcing the re-publishing of the book, there has been dead silence from Fortress Press on making the decision to pull the plug on re-publishing. But it’s been a year, and there is no new book. And there you have it.
People who have done their vetting work, who have talked to his victims, know the real story. Tullian Tchividjian is a scam artist who is still unfit for ministry despite his claims otherwise.
UPDATE: I added the image to the church website after posting. ~ja