In 2015, Tullian Tchividjian resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in northern Fort Lauderdale following two affairs. A kind of affairs was with a congregant who mentioned Tchividjian abused his energy over her. Now Tchividjian, who’s the grandson of the late Billy Graham, is main a brand new church known as The Sanctuary, which he calls a “safe place for broken people.”
The Sanctuary has been assembly in a Palm Seashore lodge for a couple of weeks and can formally launch subsequent month.
The congregant with whom Tchividjian had an affair accused him of “grooming” her. He had been providing her and her then-husband marriage counseling, she says, within the months earlier than their affair started in Might of 2015. He had additionally baptized their youngsters.
“He was my spiritual leader. You know, he was my go-to. He was my teacher. … He definitely had a place of authority in my life,” she mentioned. “You trust a man like that a lot more.”
She labored for GRACE Ministries, a company that helps church buildings and Christian organizations confront sexual abuse of their midst and supplies victims with authorized recommendation. GRACE is run by Tchividjian’s brother Boz Tchividjian, and the group issued a press release saying they have been “deeply disturbed about the revelations of sexual misconduct by Tullian Tchividjian.”
For his half Tchividjian says that the affair was “completely wrong, morally and ethically” however denies any implications that he abused his function as a pastor. “I don’t care what role a person has, a consensual relationship between two adults is not abuse. And some of these people will try to make the case that, ‘Well, because you’re in a position of authority, it is abuse,’” Tchividjian instructed The Palm Seashore Publish. “And I’ll go, ‘OK I can see how that has been and can be used by people in those positions.’ … (But) that just was not true for me. I was not abusing my authoritative role to try and find women.”
Since leaving his place at Coral Ridge, Tchividjian has remarried. “Some people think that I should just shut up and crawl in a cave and never come out because I’m not qualified to be leading spiritually in any way because of everything that I went through and everything that I did,” he mentioned. “Other people champion it because they go, ‘It’s about time that churches are led by people who know what it feels like to, you know, fall on their face and be in the gutter.’”
The girl with whom he had his affair disagrees, saying she has by no means acquired a real apology. “Repentance, the biblical word, means to turn around, to change direction,” she instructed the Publish. “He’s been going in one direction.”