To the Ruling Elders of the South Florida Presbytery,
In July, Tullian Tchividjian resigned from his appointment as the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. On August 17th, it was reported that you as a presbytery took the appropriate action of strongly rebuking him, and revoking his credentials as a minister of the Gospel.
It appears as though Tullian has not only joined another PCA church in the area, but is now listed as a staff member at Willow Creek Church.
I cannot fathom a circumstance where the Presbytery that was “committed to continuing to offer him pastoral care” has advised or sanctioned him being on staff in a church two weeks to the day of having deposed him.
I would like to urge you to consider two courses of action.
- An immediate vote to suspend Tullian from participation in the Lord’s Supper. It is clear that Tullian has not properly discerned the body of Christ in that he has clearly misunderstood or is intentionally disregarding the discipline of the South Florida Presbytery, and for his own protection he should no longer be allowed to participate in the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:30) After this vote, should Tullian not recognize this error and immediately seek to rectify it by resigning from his position at Willow Creek Church, a second vote should be taken to excommunicate him. It has clearly reached the point of Matthew 18:17, and the best thing that can be done for him at this point is to show him the inevitable conclusion of his rebelliousness and stiff neck, exclusion from God’s people and covenant blessings.
- The Sr. Pastor at Willow Creek Church should be investigated and examined for censure. He has disregarded his responsibility to abide by the decision of the Presbytery in this matter, and has also disregarded his responsibility to shepherd and discipline those under his care. By allowing Tullian to obtain a ministry position, he has placed him in grave spiritual danger, and has set a precedent for a disregard for the God ordained discipline processes laid out in scripture. Should the Sr. Pastor be found to have ignored the process and does not rectify it, a vote should be held to remove his credentials as well.
I urge you not to delay in this, every minute that Tullian is allowed to continue on staff at Willow Creek Church is a moment that he is placed in spiritual danger. Every Sunday that he drinks the cup and eats the bread is a Sunday that he drinks and eats condemnation. If you are, as you say, “committed to continuing to offer him pastoral care,” then this is the only course of action that is open to you.
Note: After posting this, it has come to my attention that Willow Creek Church may be part of the Central Florida Presbytery. My sentiment and call to action remains the same, even if the necessary audience of the letter is different (If it be a different Presbytery, or the General Assembly).
Please see my update at http://reformedarsenal.com/2015/09/02/the-taste-of-crow/
Plese also see my update at http://reformedarsenal.com/2016/12/02/another-open-letter-to-the-south-florida-presbytery/
For a thorough timeline of events regarding Tullian Tchividjian’s history, please see Resource Bibliography on System Issues Related to the Tullian Tchividjian Situation. By linking to this site I am not endorsing the site as a whole, nor testifying to the veracity of the information present. However, the timeline presented does appear to be accurate to the best of my knowledge and research.