“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God.” Hebrews 12:15
The Christian community in South Florida, and indeed around the country, will undoubtedly be feeling the ripples of recent news for years to come. Pastor Bob Coy, who directly or indirectly has positively influenced thousands and thousands of pastors inside and outside of the Calvary movement, voluntarily resigned last Wednesday after confessing to “moral failure.” Of course, curiosity begs that we ask for more details, but would more details really matter? He has been removed from the church’s website, removed from the association’s board, and his media, Active Word, has been suspended.
The ugly truth is, a man’s position or stature or success doesn’t make him immune to moral failure — we simply wish that it did. Our own sin, as well as the enemy of God’s people, is always “crouching at the door” (Genesis 4:7) and “prowling” around like a lion (1 Peter 5:8). What has happened is terrible. Perhaps Pastor Bob Franquiz of Calvary Fellowship sums up how we’re all feeling in his tweet from yesterday: “Heartbroken but hopeful.” I think that those 3 words speak volumes.
I think that it’s an opportune time for us to evaluate a few things.
- Self-examination. Jeremiah encouraged it in Lamentations 3:40. Paul encouraged it in 2 Corinthians 13:5.
- Connection or reconnection with accountability partners. This is an absolute essential. Mind you, I’m not talking about a 3,000 calorie breakfast with laughter and friends. I’m talking about 1 or 2 people who know your darkest secrets and have the backbone to call you on the carpet when necessary, for your good and God’s glory (James 5:16).
- Honesty. Whenever there is sin, there is dishonesty. Wherever there is dishonestly, there is a break of trust. When light is shone on sin, regardless of how painful it may be, trust and intimacy can be established again. Hosea reminds us that although God may strike us down, He will graciously raise us again (Hosea 6:1).
- Deep(er) study and prayer. As we become more and more busy, we must focus on the necessity of Bible reading and prayer for personal purity and sanctification. We cannot expect to grow in holiness and strength if we study simply to teach. That is, I believe, one of the greatest deceptions in the pastoral ministry. Proximity to the Word doesn’t guarantee holiness.
We appreciated your ministry, Pastor Bob. And we’re praying for you, your family, and His church that you pastored.