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Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration In A Broken World Paperback – December 26, 2011
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About the Author
Ray Carroll is a former Southern Baptist pastor who was removed from his church after falling from the ministry. He writes at fallenpastor.com, attempting to help other fallen pastors and churches affected by sin. He lives in Kentucky where he is married to Allison and has three daughters.
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In addition to being self-righteous, these same people often times put the pastor of the church on a pedestal and think that he is perfect, when in actuality, he is not. When the "perfect pastor" falls, they are astonished and want nothing to do with them anymore. Pastors are not perfect people because everyone that lives is tempted in someway, and sin in someway each day. It should be of no surprise when an imperfect person sins against a perfect God.
It should be of no surprise, and we should not advocate sin, but we also should not just kick someone out and treat them like they cannot be forgiven. Instead of kicking people out because of sin, upon true repentance, we should love them like Jesus. It is a sad reality that when pastors fall, even with true repentance, people kick them out and want nothing more to do with them.
In the book, "Fallen Pastor", we are provided with many real life examples of pastors that had fallen. While the pastors mentioned book fell, that does not give the church the right to kick them out of the church and treat them like they are garbage. Upon true heart-felt repentance, the churches should have loved them like Jesus and sought to restore them to right relationship with God.
I believe that this book was very well-written and the message was articulated and communicated very effectively. I believe any Christian should read this book and would benefit from reading because it will make them realize more that pastors are far from perfect and are sinners that are in need of God's grace, too.
In his book detailing how committing adultery cost him his ministry and marriage, Ray Carroll shares the stories of eleven other fallen pastors. What those pastors experienced reveals how unprepared most church leaders are in dealing with a minister's moral failure. All too often, they demand a pastor's immediate resignation and exit from the premises with no offer of counseling or restorative assistance. The congregation is also left to struggle with its own spiritual wounds.
I appreciate Carroll's explanation of how the church body is built up when leadership responds correctly to fallen pastors instead of casting them aside. The transgression is not excused; it is transcended through grace and forgiveness by following the apostle Paul's instruction to gently restore those caught in sin.
One example of the value of restoration is reflected by a deeply remorseful pastor named Denny. As he received professional counseling to address his underlying issues, he was amazed at how God used him to minister to others who were also seeking forgiveness. Today, as a successful motivational speaker, Denny listens to the stories of many broken people, including fallen pastors and those who've been affected by their failures. His message to those who are hurting is, "Wherever you are, God still loves you."
That's something every wounded Christian needs to hear.