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Topic: ADULTERY, SECRET SIN, EXPOSURE, REBUILD, FORGIVENESS, RESTORATION, GRACE, CHOICE, FREE WILL, GORDON MACDONALD Source: IL
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[adapted by David Holwick]
The mightiest can fall, and the most fallen can rise again:
Many people have been deeply impressed with the writings of a man called Gordon MacDonald. Billy Graham said of one of his books: "It struck me right between the eyes with conviction and I wish that I had read it many years ago." Another prominent Christian leader described him as "one of the most Godly men I have ever met."
He was the pastor of the largest church in New England and taught at my seminary. He became the president of the InterVarsity evangelistic organization, one of the biggest in America.
Then it came out. A sin from a few years previously was exposed, and MacDonald was forced to resign. The sin was adultery. My wife Celeste was so shocked she has never trusted him since, and it's been over ten years.
He was forced to step down as president of Intervarsity. It made most pastors aware of our own spiritual frailty. If this man, with all his much vaunted spiritual discipline, could fall so hard, then no-one was immune from danger, ever.
Last week MacDonald appeared on TV with Tony Campolo, because both of them have been meeting on a weekly basis with President Clinton. Do you know how the commentator introduced him? "Gordon MacDonald, a leading pastor who was exposed after committing adultery." He will never live it down.
After his fall from grace, Gordon MacDonald recalled an encounter with a friend that had taken place some time before: "My friend asked a strange question: "If Satan were to blow you out of the water," he asked, "how do you think he would do it?" "I'm not sure I know, I answered. "All sorts of ways, I suppose; but I know there's one way he wouldn't get me." "What's that?"
"He'd never get me in the area of my personal relationships. That's one place where I have no doubt that I'm as strong as you can get." A few years after that conversation my world broke wide open. A chain of seemingly innocent choices became destructive, and it was my fault. Choice by choice by choice, each easier to make, each becoming gradually darker. And then my world broke - in the very area I had predicted I was safe - and my world had to be rebuilt.
"My perception is that broken-world people exist in large numbers, and they ask similar questions over and over again. Can my world ever be rebuilt? Do I have any value? Can I be useful again? Is there life after misbehavior?
"My answer is yes. That is what grace is all about. A marvelous, forgiving, healing grace says that all things can be new. The escape route from sin is Jesus. The wellspring of forgiveness is Jesus. The power to mend broken lives and set us on our feet again is Jesus. The one who can guard us against the devastation of sin is Jesus."
[see also #585 and #2343]
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Article Reference:
Title: Achan
Data Source: Internet: Online Sermon
Article Author: Rev. Jonathan Pryke, Jesmond Parish Church
Article Date: 9/14/97
CD Supplier ID: 376
Typist Or Article Provider: David Holwick

Record No.: 600541
Topic: MORAL FAILURE, PASTOR, GORDON MACDONALD, STRONG & WEAK Source: IL
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Moral defeat is possible for any of us.
Rev. Gordon MacDonald is currently serving a church in Manhattan. [now is back at Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA]
A few years ago he was pastor of one of the largest churches in New England, and considered as head of Intervarsity. But news of a short-lived affair surfaced, and he was ruined.
MacDonald commented, "I always guarded myself in areas where I knew I was weak. To my surprise, Satan defeated me in an area where I thought I was strong."
[see also #376 and #585]
#2343


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Article Reference:
Title: Defeated Where He Thought He Was Strong
Data Source: Sermon (From Memory)
CD Supplier ID: 2343
Typist Or Article Provider: David Holwick / Edited / Formatted Garth Hutchinson

Record No.: 619350
Topic: RESTORATION, CONFESSION, SECRETS, SIN, PASTORS, GORDON MACDONALD Source: IL
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At a packed service May 1, 1988, elders at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA,
declared an end to Gordon MacDonald's restoration. Seven men helped him
through the 10 month process. His affair was in 1984 and he confessed it to
his wife in the fall of 1986. In early 1987 he confessed to 3 national
evangelical leaders and they advised against a public confession. On June 5
he resigned from InterVarsity because an anonymous letter accused him of
adultery. The MacDonalds were reinstated as members of Grace Chapel in the
fall of 1987. His focus now will be on small groups and writing.
He has met several other leaders who are carrying secrets.
[see also #376 and #2343]
#585


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Article Reference:
Title: Home Church Restores Author Gordon Macdonald
Data Source: Charisma & Christian Life
Page Reference: 30
Article Date: 7/1/88
CD Supplier ID: 585
Typist Or Article Provider: David Holwick

Record No.: 623751