Seeker Leader Resigns

The big religious news story in my neck of the woods is not a really good one friends.

For a number of biblical reasons the band of brothers that make up Expository Thoughts have not been in favor of the Church Growth Movementthat Bill Hybels has led.  Nevertheless, this is a very sad news story.  The Church does not need another Ted Haggard situation but we may have one.  You can read the full Chicago Tribune article below. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-willow-creek-pastorfeb18,0,6292991.story  Please pray for those involved in this situation. 

“The pastor of Willow Creek Chicago—the city campus of the evangelical megachurch Willow Creek Community Church—has resigned and admitted to “sexual impurity,” a church spokesman said.”

The pastor, Rev. Steve Wu, could not be reached, and the church would not specify what took place.  Wu, 43, moved from California‘s Silicon Valley in early 2006, hired by senior pastor Rev. Bill Hybels to lead Willow Creek Chicago, the downtown branch of the South Barrington-based church.  Click on the link above for full story.

1 Timothy 4:16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. This is sad news indeed, but hardly surprising to me. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the news was about (any other big name Pastor) either. The Lord delivered me from pornography in August of 2002 and I can say that just about every day is still a battle to some degree, though it is one that I am now winning by God’s grace.

    This story is a good reminder to all of us that we need to be diligent in pursuing our satisfaction in Christ while also being smart about guarding our eyes. And I know that Phil 4:8 is often convicting to me as well.

    Call me jaded after ministering to other men caught in this bondage for 6+ years, but I am sure that the only difference between Wu and some other high-profile (and low-profile) pastors is that he either got caught or confessed on his own. I don’t have anyone in mind, but I do know how pervasive this is in the church. I do pray that this story serves as a wake-up call to other leaders trapped in similar bondage.

  2. Posted by Bill Boxnetter on February 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I enjoy your site very much. But is it necessary to print stories like this about someone’s private sins? How does this fulfill the law of Christ and bear another’s burdens? (Gal. 6:1-3).

    Except for the grace of God, there go you or I.

  3. Bill

    When you are a pastor, especially when you are a pastor to many thousands of other pastors, the accountability is even higher.

    God’s Word highlights many “personal sins” of spiritual leaders and lay people alike.

    I believe this post has been issued in the right spirit. No one is saying “we are the holy few” here. I am not saying kick a man or his church while they are down. We should all pray for true repentance and biblical restoration.

    Whenever a big name pastor falls it is a wake up call. The verses i posted above remind me of that very point.

    Except for the grace of Go, there go you and I. AMEN!

  4. I agree that this was posted in the right spirit. As was noted in the various MD debates, James 3 comes into play here. Presumably, many people who read this blog are either in leadership or are pursuing leadership in ministry. It’s important to check our collective hearts as this reminds us of just how easy it is to fall to sexual sin, especially in our sexually-charged culture.

    I would be happily surprised if there isn’t someone reading this blog who struggles with sexual sin because statistically, up to 2/3 of the men in any congregation struggle with this. If so, now is the time to repent and confess to someone you trust. If you are in leadership it may be time to step down for a season. If you are thinking about leadership (including leadership of a family) you need to deal with this sooner rather than later. I would be more than happy to chat with anyone who shares this struggle. I love to tell the story of how God’s grace radically transformed my life and how you can enjoy the same freedom. Please feel free to email me at jchamberratislenet

  5. Thank you for your humility Jason.

  6. Bill,

    Hopefully, revealing things such as this will be a rebuke and a warning to those who are being tempted in this area. Also, it should be a reminder to us all to quard ourselves, and cause us to go to our knees and ask the Father to guard us and not let us bring any reproach upon His name.

    Father, lead us away from temptation, and do not let evil have its way with us as our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Help us walk in a manner worthy of the gospel and of Your name which we bear.

    Let him who stands take heed lest he fall.

  7. Posted by Chris Poe on February 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Amen, Morris

  8. Bill-

    In part this sad story fits into the larger conversation about Driscoll’s ministry..and some of the concerns people have with it.

    As many have suggested our culture is becoming more and more sex obsessed each and every day. Sexuality is everywhere! Christians who don’t use the internet or watch TV still have to deal with many of these temptations. It is the Roman Empire all over again…

    As Morris wrote, “Father, lead us away from temptation, and do not let evil have its way with us as our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Help us walk in a manner worthy of the gospel and of Your name which we bear.”

    And as Paul said, 1 Timothy 4:16, Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

    1 Corinthians 9:27, But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  9. What I didn’t get to add before the last thread closed is that because of my past I am very prudish in how I go about my life. I don’t watch TV and I only very rarely watch movies. I am very careful to guard my eyes as well as my ears against hearing anything that could be a stumbling block to me. While I don’t put myself in the AA model of “recovering,” I also know what can lead me back down the wrong roads and try to be smart about avoiding temptation.

    That all being said, I didn’t find anything in Driscoll’s Song of Songs series to be a stumbling block for me. I suspect that Pastor Wragg will have a full post on this later and we can discuss it there, but since Caleb brought this up I did want to make mention of it.

    Of course, I also know that others may indeed consider him to be a stumbling block. If so, then they shouldn’t be listening to him. However, if a young man or woman is already immersed in sexual sin and wondering what to do about it, I think Driscoll’s Bible-centered message of the appropriate use of human sexuality is one that person needs to hear. It doesn’t give all the answers for finding lasting freedom, but it deals with the issues in a frank, engaging, and Biblical manner, IMO.

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