Tullian Tchividjian: Christianity is about Good News for Bad People
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Aug 10
After resigning as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church due to an affair, Tullian Tchividjian states that he is relying on Jesus and that he will be open with people about his failures.
Tchividjian, who stepped down as senior pastor of Coral Ridge in May, has let it be known that it is not his desire to disappear from public view, but to instead let people know that he is an imperfect individual who needs Christ more than he ever imagined.
“Christianity is not about good people getting better,” Tchividjian stated, recalling his own disbelief that he could fall into such grave sin. “It is, rather, good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. The message of the Christian faith is that because Jesus was strong for us we are free to be weak."
Tchividjian also stated on his Facebook page that “The gospel frees me to let you see me at my worst—the me that runs away, the me that doesn’t want to pray, the me who gets angry at God, the me who rationalizes, the me that knows I’m solely to blame for my sinful choice but who wants to blame others.”
Tchividjian said his rise to fame as senior pastor of Coral Ridge and the power and responsibility that came with it perhaps contributed to his fall, as he is quoted as insinuating in an article by the Christian Post.
Tchividjian’s wife was also involved in a marital affair before Tchividjian’s own affair became known.
The grandson of Billy Graham has stated that the whole ordeal feels like a nightmare and he wakes every day thinking it is not a reality.
Nevertheless, Tchividjian says he is resting in the truth that "Grace always flows to the lowest point, and while it scares me to death because I'm a lot more image conscious than I let on, I'm going to let you see me at the bottom — because that's where Jesus is."
Publication date: August 10, 2015