My heart hurts whenever I hear stories like this. (And it seems to be quite often).
Many of you have probably heard about Pastor Bob Coy’s resignation from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale within the past week for ‘moral failures’. Bob Coy was the founding pastor of CCFL. It’s a huge church (20,000+ attendees, 10 campuses). His impact has been huge in the Calvary Chapel movement, in Fort Lauderdale, and really all over the country through his radio and TV ministry.
I always hate to hear stories of moral failure. This one, for me, hit a little more at home. My oldest son has been attending CCFL’s School of Worship for the past year. It was an especially tough weekend for him and his community. I have many feelings on the subject (and the full range of emotions, as I usually do… anger, sadness, etc.). My friend Ron Edmondson does a great job of summing up my thoughts here (We think alike, Ron).
Would you do me a favor? Would you pray for CCFL today? Pray that the church would remain strong and follow Jesus (I have every hope that they will. CCFL is a great church). Pray for Bob. that there will be full repentance and longing for restoration. Pray for his wife Diane, who has to be under extreme duress during this time, and for their teenage kids (I can’t imagine). Pray for the nearly 1,000 employees of CCFL who have been sucker punched and last their pastor of nearly 30 years.
And if you have time to pray even more specifically, pray for the teachers and students at the school of worship. Many are preparing for full-time places of ministry. While this is a horrible thing, it’s also a practical thing that they will have a front-seat for… (I realize that sounds very academic… but they will see first-hand the power of sin, and how a very large organization (or even a small one) has to deal with the consequences of such sin. And pray for my son in particular as he sorts out all of this mess.
God truly is in control. But that doesn’t make news like this any easier to bear. Ever.