Megachurch Pastor Les Hughey Resigns After 7 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Abuse
Arizona megachurch pastor Les Hughey has officially resigned as senior pastor at Highlands Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, after several women accused the church founder of taking sexual advantage of them decades ago as teenagers and young women.
In a statement released Wednesday, the church announced that Highlands elders accepted Hughey's resignation effective immediately.
"Pastor Hughey's resignation does not end the responsibility of Highlands Church," Bob Wade, the church's interim senior pastor, said in the statement. "We are committed to providing counseling and spiritual care. Further, we recognize the critical importance of treating any allegation of abuse or misconduct seriously and its victims with compassion."...
John MacArthur wrote: That is happening everywhere. Restoration teamsâ€”equipped with manuals to instruct the church on how to reinstate their fallen pastorâ€”wait like tow-truck drivers on the side of the highway, anticipating the next leadership "accident". Our church has received inquiries wondering if we have written guidelines or a workbook to help restore fallen pastors to leadership. Many no doubt expect that a church the size of ours would have a systematic rehabilitation program for sinning leaders.
Gross sin among Christian leaders is a signal that something is seriously wrong with the church. But an even greater problem is the lowering of standards to accommodate a leader's sin. That the church is so eager to bring these men back into leadership is a symptom of rottenness at the core.
--[URL=https://www.gty.org/library/print/articles/A256]]]http://tinyurl.com/ycrx5g6d (Should Fallen Pastors Be Restored?)[/URL]
And...[URL=http://tinysa.com/313698 ]]]http://tinysa.com/313698 (How the Church Must Deal with Sin)[/URL]
looking at some of the secular media, if some of these alleged charges are true, I would think this fellow would be getting some jail time
So, youâ€™re married, a youth pastor, and you proceed to coerce a 17 year old girl to have sex with you. And you call it consensual?
These modern moralistic Pharisees, they load down members with debt on buildings and for seed money. They supplement their livelihood with millions and yet, what was sewn years ago, Sin, finds you out.