Skip to comments.Pastor of Florida megachurch resigns over ‘moral failure’
Posted on 04/07/2014 3:47:13 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Florida megachurch pastor Bob Coy has resigned from his 20,000-member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale congregation over a moral failing.
A statement on the churchs website reported the news: On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985,...
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Caveat: that last quote was from a blogger....no idea where he got his info.
What is it with so many of these televangelists that they can’t seem to keep their pants on. Billy Graham they sure aren’t.
Bob Coy wasn’t a televangelist per se. He was just a local pastor who televised his sermons as the church grew. All that said, this is terribly sad for everyone. At least he resigned. He had character enough to know he was disqualified.
Too bad we can’t have religion without religious leaders. Okay, that’s silly, but too many phonies out there getting rich. Reminds me of a hypocritical rabbi I encountered when my father died.
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Remember listening to him on the radio years ago.
How sad. Praying for restoration.
It is because they are human and thus sinful,as we all are. And their fame and notoriety make it all the more tempting to sin. But I think the biggest problem they have is that Satan (the devil),puts so much pressure (temptation) on them to cause them to fail, for obvious reasons. That is why every church constantly holds their pastors in prayer to help protect them.
But when a pastor's own church falls short of obeying Christ's teachings, then they all become weak, including their pastor. And sadly, that is exactly what is happening to Calvary Chapel.
The Calvary Chapel Movement (of which the church we are talking about is a part of) began by Chuck Smith (around the 50's I think)was very successful for a long while in Anglicization and bringing people to the Lord. Thus they grew and grew and all became mega-churches. But then the deceptive teachings of "contemplative spirituality", and the "emerging church" have recently crept in.
Contemplative spirituality is a belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology; the premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all).
The emerging church is harder to explain and point out the dangers, but basically .... though it claims to be Christian, seeks to use culturally sensitive approaches to reach the postmodern, un-churched population with the Christian message. Some Emerging Churches might use props such as candles, statues, and incense along with poems, open mics, and videos, etc. EC services are sometimes extremely informal, while others are more formal. They seek to make the congregation feel "good" rather than teaching them the somewhat difficult to accept doctrine that sin is sin, and Jesus explicitly laid out what is sinful. So the congregation leaves the service with a false sense of "I am a Christian, so all is well" feeling, rather than a conviction that "I go out of here today knowing that I will be tempted to sin, so I must be always watchful, confessing these sins and asking for Christ's cleansing Grace.
So, can you see how with the "feel good" doctrine approach, how a pastor could rationalize his own sin, even as Bob Coy did?
No, blame the owner of the penis
The whole mega-church phenom is one mostly of our day, in history it is an aberation to have one man put at the head of thousands of people.
It’s totally unscriptural, and rare is the man that can withstand that level of exaltation without falling. It is almost always a form of man-worship, and few can resist believing the idolization they receive. “Pride cometh before a fall.” It’s a place God never intended any man to have.
Jesus walked away when the crowds wanted to make Him king - he knew the source of the desire in fallen man and would have nothing to do with it. He chose the cross as His place of being exalted, and the exaltation from His heavenly Father - and every man here should follow that example.
Billy Graham never allowed himself to be put in this situation, and focused on his true ministry instead of building a machine that would exalt him. A Christ-like man indeed - as David Wilkerson and many others.
John Piper - a true man of God - is a rarity who demonstrates the life of a humble broken man who stays on his face before God - even admitting how his high position had led him to be tempted with pride.
Oh, for more men of God like these three......
“I go out of here today knowing that I will be tempted to sin, so I must be always watchful, confessing these sins and asking for Christ’s cleansing Grace.”
That was Billy Graham’s attitude. And his son Franklin Graham, seems to be following in his father’s footsteps in taking money to where it is needed. I don’t believe evangelists have to live a life of poverty, just that they don’t rip off their churches bigtime. Or go after the women to go along with the lifestyle. It’s the attitude of too many of today’s televangelists. So many have fallen.
Too much money rolling around in these megachurches; too many financial temptations, too much adulation from large audiences of parishioners, too much leading the good life. Reminds me of that Archbishop down in Atlanta that recently built in his archdiocese an over million dollar mansion that he would of course live in, rather than put his parishioners’ money to better use.
Very well put Dowdy ..
It’s a shame, and yet the world might not be as condemning as he’d fear. Today it’s like “oh, was it just porn?”
I hope and pray he soon gains strength in the Lord again, licks the devils behind this, and then comes back stronger to help others out of such difficulties. Satan shall not get the last word.
AMEN to that, my FRiend. And as we both know, the Good News is that Bob Coy can be forgiven and totally cleansed of his sin. And that is comforting to me in more ways than anyone will ever know!
Well, Calvin was the head of the church in the entire city of Geneva and wasn’t immoral....not every Pope has been immoral either.
But on the whole, I think you are right....the temptation for any man in power is great.
You are misinformed. Calvary Chapel continues to battle against contemplative spirituality and the emerging church. I listen to several programs by CC including Pastor's Perspective which is a call in answer program. Pastor Chuck was on there answering questions until 2 days before he died, and I have NEVER heard anyone from CC give a pass to comtemplative prayer or the emerging church. They always call it for what it is; new age spirituality. Of course there could be pastors of smaller churches which do, but that is the exception.
We are thankful that there are many men of God who have withstood the temptation presented by position and power.
That does not disprove the abnormality of the position.
And most truly godly and humble men will not allow themselves to be put there.
The emphasis in the NT is wholly on a plurality of leadership - not that of a single person. We find no man in the NT in that position, including James, Peter and Paul. To conclude they were in such a position requires a serious twisting of scripture and the inserting of imaginations that just are not there.
A plurality of leadership provides accountability that normally will keep an individual from exalting himself above others.
Which is worse, a (mega)church with a pastor/leader who has personal (private) failings or a church/national order which redefines “what is and is not sin” (such as same sex marriage, actively gay ministers, etc.)?
We are all sinners, some seek to declare to the followers that their sins are not sinful and should even be celebrated.
Bob Coy did not fall victim to Contemplative Spirituality or emerging church doctrine. Calvary Chapel has been at the forefront in the fight against this doctrinal aberration. Chuck Smith Sr. excommunicated his own son for falling into that doctrinal error. If the Church uses the name “Calvary Chapel of.....” then they don’t teach contemplative spirituality.
Bob Coy did, however, fall victim to the temptation of the flesh. He has resigned and I believe he recognizes that his pastoral ministry is at an end. Doctrinal purity does not guarantee that a preacher will not fall victim to the temptations of the flesh. This has happened to pastors and priests of all denominations and sects. Calvary Chapel is not better or worse than any other. It only makes the news when the church is bigger than most small towns.
how did that come up?
It’s a personal failing but it doesn’t indicate a betrayal of beliefs.
Jerry Lee Lewis studied at bible school. He still believes even if he doesn’t live up to the morals (and he does feel regret).
There was a documentary I saw on Amish youths in their period of “free wandering”. The filmmakers couldn’t understand how even if the kids didn’t return to Amish society (couldn’t abide by it), even when they engaged in sin and liked it, that they still held a belief in a God that may not approve of their actions.
It’s a temptation to identify one variety of wrong for every possible spiritual ill. It’s the old, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” problem.
Specifically, Billy Graham (and his associates) had a strict policy: Nobody was allowed to be in a room with a woman alone - another person always had to be there. This applied to secretaries and other assistants. They assumed that all men would be subjected to extraordinary temptation.
My church, a small one, has lost at least one pastor in the past because this rule was ignored.
Oh I think I get it.
There will always be private sins that do not scandalize a congregation. It’s when a sin gets notorious that it can scandalize a congregation.
As I said I hope he makes a comeback, beating not just his past porn habit, but helping others beat theirs too, understanding the evil better than before. (Harmless as doves, wise as serpents.)
It’s a good rule. I once had a job working for my pastor’s son who ran a business. One time I had a closed-door meeting with him in his office. As I opened the door to leave, a woman who had a business appointment with him was waiting to come in. She stepped in just as I was stepping out. I grabbed the doorknob to close the door when he said, “Please leave that open.” When I later asked him why he did that, he told me about Graham.
And even if there wasn’t such a temptation, people could misunderstand and enemies mischaracterize what was innocent.
If you are the enemy, who are you going to go after? satan isn't stupid.
That’s a good idea for reputation’s sake. No room for wagging of tongues. He might have been perfectly ok with the lady. If something private had to be discussed there would need to be a way.
Snatcher, if you are personally involved with Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale,Bob Coy's church, and can attest to that, then I will defer to your testimony and say that I may be wrong. Or it may be that there is a controversy within the church about whether it is right or wrong.
The reason I wrote what I wrote is that I have read that contrary to Chuck Smiths directive, some Calvary Chapel pastors are drawn to Rick Warren's teachings on "contemplative spirituality", and the "emerging church". Why did I think that Bob Coy's church was one of them? I read the following on www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com (which publishes books on and blogs about the dangers of these new ideas invading the church)...... posted June 24th, 2011
Lighthouse Trails has mentioned CC Ft. Lauderdale in a few articles, particularly relating to their online church bookstore that had carried several contemplative and/or authors such as Rob Bell in the past. After a personnel at the bookstore told us over the phone that they had removed these types of books, a Lighthouse Trails reader visited the walk-in store months later and purchased a Rob Bell book sitting on the shelves and sent us the receipt. Today, the CC Ft. Lauderdale bookstore sells books by emerging mystic proponent Tony Campolo, futurist/globalist John Maxwell, and contemplative advocate Max Lucado. By Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale partnering with Rick Warren on one hand and promoting Roger Oaklands books on the other it certainly feeds the fires of confusion to the body of Christ further regarding Calvary Chapel. Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale has also brought in contemplative/emerging type musicians for church-sponsored concerts. One was musician David Crowder in a church sponsored concert. Crowder is author of Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi, where he encourages the practice of lectio divina and references and quotes contemplative/emerging figure Walter Brueggemann a number times. The book is of a road to Rome caliber. The upcoming Twelve conference at Saddleback isnt the first time a Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale pastor has teamed up with Rick Warren. In 2007, we issued an article when Bob Coy was to share the platform with Rick Warren and John Ortberg at a conference. After our article, plans changed, and Coy addressed the audience from video cast rather than live on stage.
The key element here is probably pornography. It rots the soul and destroys even strong men and women. Prayers up for Pastor Coy and his family.
An article I read from another site did not reveal what the failing was. The comments contained some speculation. This article excerpt is very brief, and also with no information. I don’t feel like clicking to it.
For all I know he was stealing funds. Has anyone read a release or have backchannel info that says what the moral failure was?
Prayers for him, his family, and the church he shepherded.
We all fail, at least he had the fortitude to step forward, step down, and seek help from the great physician.
Let’s remember we are all sinners, it’s just that some of us will never have our sins plastered on the front pages of the worlds newspapers, as the world shakes it’s accusatory finger at us.
Pastor Coy is taking full responsibility, and is not blaming anyone but himself, and no one would have know had he not stepped forward to admit his guilt.
Prayers are needed right now, not attacks and slander.
Amen, and thanks for defending the truth behind the sin he admitted instead of piling on where it is not warranted.
Amen, and I second that.
Way too many people point fingers, but they will never understand the pressure the world puts on men of God, do all fail, no, but one of the men whom God loved the best did, King David. So if David can fall, what makes us so special today to think we cannot.
I cannot attest to Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale as I have no relationship with that church. I am only specifying that Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith, and current leadership who are the voice of that church group, speak out against the emergent church and contemplative prayer. If you are referring to a specific Calvary Chapel location, please make that clear so you do not mislead people into believing it is a Calvary Chapel-wide issue.
Amen. Well said.
But, he should never be in the pulpit again.
“What is it with so many of these televangelists that they cant seem to keep their pants on.”
My apologies, I thought that I had made it clear that I was speaking about the Pastor and church the article referred to. I am very glad to hear from you that the current leadership of the original Calvary Chapel is speaking against these dangers now. That is very good to know, and I thank you for letting us all know that. I hope they go further and disassociate with their branches who are allowing it. That would help clear up the confusion, as so many Christians don’t even know the emergent church and contemplative prayer is dangerous. They just assume their church teaching it is okay because they trust the “Calvary Chapel” label.
“What is it with so many of these televangelists that they cant seem to keep their pants on.
Well they can be human, but they shouldn’t be preachers. Gay Catholics shouldn’t be priests. I wouldn’t want a lecherous pastor anymore than a gay priest.
This is my Pastor. I hope he can come back...love his sermons. He can’t be replaced.
Bob Coy worked around naked women in Las Vegas where he managed a casino. After 20+ years, he has fallen off the wagon. I guess he’s human.
We are all human. Everyone is human including Pastor Coy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
Yeah...like stealing candy at 15 yr old and murdering your parents....sin is sin.
Interesting. I never knew that. It really does make more sense. Satan knows what our weaknesses are and he will use it against us every day of our life.
I agree that God may have future plans, but I don’t believe it should be as an overseer.
You may want to look at the Biblical qualifications for an elder in 1timothy 3
A leader must be above reproach. Certainly he can be forgiven by god, his family and the congregation but once the line has been crossed, biblically such a person is no longer qualified to lead.