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Dr. Tony Evans Steps Away From Pastoral Duties Because of ‘Sin’ for Time of ‘Repentance and Restoration’

Speaking of his failure to live up to God’s standard, Evans said, “I have shared this with my wife, my children, and our church elders, and they have lovingly placed their arms of grace around me. While I have committed no crime, I did not use righteous judgment in my actions.”

Evans said that he is “submitting to a healing and restoration process established by the elders. This will afford me a needed time of spiritual recovery and healing.”

“During this time,” said the pastor, “it is critical that the ministry of OCBF continue as vibrantly as ever. Remember, you serve the Lord Jesus Christ, not a man.”

Evans expressed anticipation at seeing how God will work in the church while he attends as a worshiper and not in his capacity as a pastor. “I have never loved you more than I love you right now, and I’m trusting God to walk me through this valley,” he concluded. “Thank you for your love, prayers, support, and forgiveness as I continue my spiritual healing journey. As we walk this journey together, keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”