"To help protect Tullian, his family, and the integrity of his message, we have moved his sermons into a secure archive for the foreseeable future. Sadly, his messages were being slanderously misused in the media and on the Internet. We are prayerfully considering when and how his sermon archive might be made available again to the general public. We appreciate your patience and prayers during this season."
How does that go with the following?
"I want to disappear. Nothing seems more appealing to me on most days than to simply vanish. But here’s my struggle: I actually believe the message that I’ve preached with all my might (and which I need now more than ever). If I only let you see me when I’m “good” and “strong” and polished and “at the top”, I undermine the very message that I claim to believe. I am tempted to hide until I am ‘shiny’ again. But if I run away because I don’t want you to see me broken and weak and sad and angry and struggling with fear and guilt and shame, then I fail to practice what I preach—and one of the many things I’ve learned from this is that failing to practice what you preach is destructive."
Is he really struggling with guilt and shame? He sounds pretty much the same as usual to me. That was also what he said on the podcast on coming back after a fall that Carl Trueman linked to in his appropriately pointed article, "When the P-word is apparently not Presbyterianism."
And then there is this (especially the last line):
"What typically happens when a Christian leader falls is that they disappear and only reappear when they're strong and shiny again. No one ever sees them in their broken and weakened condition. When we do this, we send the message that Christianity is only for good and strong and clean people. But believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. It is, rather, good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. The message of the Christian faith is that because Jesus was strong for us we are free to be weak. The gospel of grace, in other words, frees us to let people see us at our worst so that they can see God at his most gracious best. After all, this whole thing is not about us and our reputation and status and strength and competence. It's about Jesus, what he's done, and who he continues to be for broken down ragamuffins like me."
If Tullian doesn't have to take a break from the public eye for the sake of propriety and to figure out what makes for real repentance, why do his sermons have to go away? Weren't the sermons subject to criticism before this? Since when is criticism (even if inaccurate) "slander"? Oh, maybe since they borrowed the playbook from the Purpose Driven Transitioning seminar and learned how to play the 'slander' card?
And note, suddenly Daniel Price (co author of "We are All the Duggars") and company are propelled into the spotlight by pulling all of LIBERATE into their circle. Quick success and rapid increase in popularity is a recipe for disaster.
Very very disturbing and sad. This is just not looking good. I pray God intervenes and puts people on a biblical course.
On a related note, has anyone heard a peep from R.W. Glenn? No? Go figure. Out of all the scandals in the last few years, I think that one is the only one where things were handled with some level of decency and propriety and no slander/gossip card waving, no jumping back into the public light because somehow the message and the public... the fans 'need' the talented but fatally flawed leader.
I pray things are going well for them.
Oh, and T's 'sis' Nadia had this to say...
I echo Mike Burton, Jr's sentiment "duh" (but with opposing sentiment) because of course that is what she would do. What is much more disturbing is what it mentions that T said about her in his endorsement of her book.
Has T even bothered to look at Nadia's timeline to see that she actually celebrates sin? She does not understand grace because