Huh. What do you think of this excerpt?
This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter told the Redemption World Outreach Center that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, had committed adultery many times during the past ten years of their twenty year marriage.
He also told the Greenville, S.C. church that Hope voluntarily checked herself into a one-year rehab clinic where she is in isolation for evaluation. Pastor Carpenter also informed his congregation that a therapist said his wife “was the worst case they had ever seen.”
“There is a sickness, there is a whole other dual life that I am finding out that has been created,” said Pastor Carpenter. “Hope is not well. You need to know that. We don’t know what’s wrong, but these are not the actions of anybody that is right.”
Pastor Carpenter, who has three children with his wife, added, “She does not need wrath [or] anger. She needs prayer, she needs support and she needs miracles.”
Apparently, this went over well with most of the 13,000 church members, who have been showering Pastor Carpenter with prayers, flowers and cards.
What do you think? Handled properly?
If you were pastor, would you continue to actively pastor your church? Would you step down? Would you take some time away?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.