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Mega Church Pastor Resigns, “Moral Failing”

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Here's the headline:

Bob Coy, founder and Senior Pastor of the 20,000 member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, has resigned because of a moral failing that disqualifies him from continuing in leadership.

Now, here's what I know:

So another evangelical, bible-preaching, televised minister has been caught in the very web he preaches to guard against. And the news media are all over it. We reporters love to point the pen, the camera, the microphone at hypocrisy; or what seems to us to be karma resting upon those "Holier than thou" preachers telling us we're all going to Hell. Haggard, Bakker, Swaggart, Tilton… it's a long list.

And it's one I won't put Bob Coy's name on.

Bob Coy is my friend. We've haven't been in touch in some years but it doesn't matter. I know Bob. Sure, he's a big deal on the evangelical stage. He's a mega-church minister with television, radio and digital ministries. But if you're picturing the theatrical, perfectly quaffed, yelling, crying, donation-begging kinda minister, that's not Bob Coy. In fact, he's the opposite.

When I met this mega minister, he was a goofy guy with a bit of a squeaky voice who loved laughing at himself.  He was a former Capital Records guy who partied too much, sought the forgiveness that Christianity offers and felt led into the ministry. He wanted to love people the way he experienced God's love. I was with him when Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale met in an office park on seats salvaged from a Delta Airlines terminal. A few hundred people crowded the poorly air conditioned room where the stage was only a few inches tall because you'd bump your head on the cheap ceiling tile if it was any higher.

I paint that picture for you because Bob was happy with that church. And it was happy with him. But word gets out of a great guy who doesn't put on airs and more people want to be a part of a church that conveys that personality--  and more people and more people and pretty soon it's all so big. And so is the pastor.

I can't imagine that pressure. So many people relying on you, on your every word; exalting you when you repeatedly tell them not to. And Bob said that! He's probably said thousands of times something to the effect of, "Trust God cause I'll disappoint you!". Okay, he was right. He's human. He always knew that but believers love to turn their religious leaders into something better than themselves. So do political zealots for that matter.

I don't know why Bob resigned. I just wanted to give you another angle to this story. Not because you care about a huge church in Florida but because we don't really know the leaders we read about whom we so quickly call hypocrites. One doesn't need to believe in the bible to be reminded not to judge too quickly.  

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