Tullian Tchividjian’s affair has surprised the Christian world, especially after the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church pastor voluntarily stepped down. In announcing this decision, Tullian also said that his wife, Kim Tchividjian, also committed adultery by cheating with another man, but she has since distanced herself from the statement released by the Florida megachurch pastor.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the details released about Tullian Tchividjian’s affair claim that the cheating started first with the wife, but then Tullian himself was led astray.
“Tullian said he returned from a trip a few months ago to discover his wife was having an affair. Her affair continued, and the couple separated. Tullian went on sabbatical to recover from the devastating event and found comfort in the arms of a friend. It’s this subsequent relationship that caused church leaders to confront him last week.”
Speaking for both himself and his wife, Tullian asked that people pray for him during this hard time.
“Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm. We are amazingly grateful for the team of men and women who are committed to walking this difficult path with us. Please pray for the healing of deep wounds and we kindly ask that you respect our privacy.”
The Florida megachurch pastor also made these comments on Twitter.
The bad news that we are all guilty is met with the best news that God loves and forgives guilty people.
— Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) June 17, 2015
You and I are persistent promise breakers. God alone is a perpetual promise keeper.
— Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) June 18, 2015
Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here.
— Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) June 21, 2015
The response on social media has been overwhelmingly positive. Many tweets shared confessions about affairs and discussed the issue of forgiveness and grace in relation to the Christian Bible. So far, the majority are supportive of both of the Tchividjians, based upon the messages left on Twitter.
But Kim Tchividjian apparently disagrees with certain details about the history of Tullian Tchividjian’s cheating, since she released a brief message to the Washington Post which claims Tullian is only expressing his version of the events which preceded his stepping down.
“The statement reflected my husband’s opinions but not my own,” wrote Tullian Tchividjian’s wife. “Please respect the privacy of my family at this time, thank you. I do thank everyone for the outpouring of love for my family as well during this difficult time and we appreciate all the prayers and support we are receiving.”
Executive Pastor Rob Pacienza of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church acknowledged Tullian Tchividjian’s resignation, but also stated the church is attempting to “help them through this difficult time.” Pacienza is asking for “people to join us in praying that God will bring restoration through this process and healing to all involved.”
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