I received an email not too long ago rebuking me for my posts on Tullian Tchividjian. This, of course, is not a first. I changed the person’s name and formatting for easier reading, but the content remains the same.
Hi Julie Anne,
My name is Taylor. And I interned at Coral Ridge in 2012. God undoubtedly used Tullian to open my eyes to Jesus and to grasp the gospel. A few conversations here and there was a cool thing to get to experience since I looked up to him and was so thankful for how God gifted him to communicate the gospel in a way that wrecked my heart in the best way possible to be an authentic follower of Jesus and not just a Sunday-I-Guess-I-Ought-To-Do-Right Christian.
I was devastated and heartbroken when I heard of the news of Tullian’s affair(s). I do not take sin lightly. Even though at times I’m way too prideful to admit and see my sin. Sadly enough I can fall into pride and feel justified in my sin! I hate that so much! I do not believe sin of any magnitude should be ignored. I believe it is essential that serious confrontation with sin takes place in the heart and life of every Christian. Today I came across your post from 2016 maybe? I’m not really sure when it was posted, but that’s irrelevant. I was literally stunned at the page I opened up to.
I know that I am so ill-deserving of God’s Grace and mercy. It appears that you would say the same. The awareness I have of my sinful, cold, hardened heart apart from God’s never ending grace, mercy and pursuit of me, often brings me to tears of joy, and stirs my heart towards compassion for the fallen, and even the perpetrators against me. By no stretch of the imagination do I perfectly achieve compassion and grace for my perpetrators and frustrating and/or irritable people. Nevertheless, I do not believe my role, or anyone’s role, in God’s kingdom is to pile on peoples bad moral decisions. Even though too often my initial reaction is to do so.
Obviously the choice is yours as far as what you do with your website, what pastors/authors you choose to pay attention to, who you like or don’t like etc. It is also up to you to decide to love people against conditions of deserving love in the same way Jesus chooses to love us everyday.
Again, I was devastated, stunned and heartbroken when the news of Tullian’s choices of infidelity came to light. However, as heartbroken as I was by the news of Tullian’s selfish, self-indulgent sin, I am equally heartbroken by your blog posts in regards to Tullian’s falling from grace.
I would define this 4-part series, or whatever you want to call it, and the culture you are cultivating as downright sinful and disgusting. It appears that your motivation is to have compassion for the people hurt by his decisions and to speak out against shallow Christianity perhaps?
Whatever your motivation, the posts are completely unacceptable Christian or even Non-Christian behavior. To continue to heap coals on Tullian’s sinful choices he made is not standing for justice. It is not helping anybody see Jesus in a compassionate, grace-filled light. Your posts and “investigative journalism” or whatever, helps reach zero people for the fame of Jesus. It also cultivates bitterness, resentment, and hate. And I don’t throw the word “hate” around lightly like many people do these days.
What Tullian did was disgusting. But I am telling you, Julie Anne, your relentless pursuit of this story is not helping in the compassionate stand-up-for-justice way you think it is. My prayer is that your eyes are opened to the bitterness and hate that you are catering to, and how anti-Christian this material is. We are all fallen and broken with a desperate need of His unrelenting grace.
As a Christian, it would be beneficial to you and to me for you to remove the Tullian posts, no matter how old they are or how justified you feel they are.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
How would you respond to his e-mail? What important considerations is he missing? Where is he wrong? I will send him a link to this article so he can read the comments.