Today, 12/5/2016, eight pastors and leaders, who self-identified as friends of Tullian Tchividjian, issued the following statement:
We join with others in expressing our shared grief regarding these latest allegations, as well as our thankfulness for the courageous women who came forward to tell their stories. We join our prayers together that they will receive the care and support that they need to heal and move forward in their lives.
In the wake of the initial revelation in June of 2015 that Tullian Tchividjian had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship, a group of pastors and friends reached out to him in accordance with scripture’s clear admonition in Galatians 6:1–2:
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
In the months that followed, we were encouraged that Tullian seemed committed to walking a path of healing and renewal through repentance under the authority of his church of membership. However, later disclosures, and these most recent allegations, cast grave doubts over the sincerity of this commitment.
Inasmuch as Tullian Tchividjian has habitually and impenitently used his public platform, his family’s good name, and the name of Christ for his own selfish ends, we believe that he has disqualified himself from any form of public vocational ministry.
For the sake of his eternal soul, we implore Tullian Tchividjian to repent of his wickedness and demonstrate his repentance by submitting himself to the leadership of his church of membership, pursuing forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation with those whom he has sinned against.
We send our plea to Tullian in a spirit of gentleness and with broken hearts.
May Christ have mercy.
Pastor R.J. Grunewald
Pastor Kevin Labby
Pastor Matt Popovits
Pastor Donovan Riley
Pastor Chris Rosebrough
Pastor Scotty Smith
Paul David Tripp
Mrs. Elyse Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Kimm Crandall
I will be honest, this is a bit bittersweet. I am thankful these persons have taken a stand, and greatly appreciate the validation such a statement offers to the allegations these women have brought against Tullian. I have had conversations with some of these persons, and have no doubt of their sincerity here.
However, the statement also leaves me with certain concerns.
- Some of the persons on this list have been openly antagonistic towards those who have been highlighting Tullian’s abuses for some time. They have sought to discredit both the victims and their advocates, and they owe Tullian’s victims a public apology. I hope this statement marks a genuine shift in the narrative (finally!) toward believing and supporting those accusing Tullian.
- In the past, Tullian has been allowed to manipulate his way out of the task of genuine repentance. It is my hope these persons will stop at allowing Tullian to simply say “I’m sorry.” and hold him accountable to the difficult process of confession and true repentance outside the public eye.
- Paul Tripp has contributed significantly to enabling Tullian’s abuses. If he is sincere in this statement, he also needs to issue a personal statement taking ownership of the hurt his own actions have caused.
- Many of these persons are associated with the Presbyterian Church in America (see here for one of many accusastions that the PCA protects abusers), The Gospel Coalition, and Sovereign Grace Churches, it is my hope that finally recognizing Tullian’s deceptions will lead them to question the injustices occurring in other arenas in which they are involved.
- I hope that this statement will not lead anyone to think that the alleged abuses were simply “actions” which occurred in an arena isolated from Tullian’s theology. As has been argued here, Tullian’s theology was carefully crafted to groom persons to be abused by him.
There are difficult questions that need to be asked, and changes that need to be made. I hope this statement marks the beginning of such changes, and not simply lip-service (from certain persons) to a cause once the evidence became too insurmountable to ignore.
+++Cover photo is Tullian’s Facebook profile picture as of 12/5/2016+++
 Let it be clear, it is my considered opinion that the phrasing “innappropriate sexual relationship” serves to minimize the alleged abuses. Tullian is accused of clergy sex abuse, as well as emotional, spiritual, and financial abuses, against multiple persons.
 Again, I feel that the phrasing here minimizes the depths of Tullian’s lies, and the many lives he has ruined. I encourage anyone who has not already to read the links provided here and the analysis of Tullian’s own public statement here.
 Labby has offered a previous statement on behalf of his session, also calling Tullian to full repentance.
 Warren Throckmorton indicates that Scotty Smith has since asked him name be removed from this letter. Reasons have not been disclosed at this time.
 While I am producing this statement word for word from here, I am forced to wonder why the two women feature a “Mrs.” before their names, while Paul Tripp – who is not assigned the official title of pastor – is not equally assigned a “Mr.”