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April 7th, 2014
12:41 PM ET

Megachurch pastor resigns, citing 'moral failing'

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (WPLG Miami) The senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has resigned after confessing to cheating on his wife, according to WPLG Miami.

Pastor Bob Coy, 58, reportedly confessed a "moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church" to  Calvary leaders on Wednesday. A board meeting was called the next day, when he resigned.

Coy, who has led the church since its founding in 1985, said he will now focus his full attention on his personal relationship with God and his family. The radio, television and digital media that distributes Coy's teachings have also been suspended.

"The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who will help guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration," Calvary Chapel said in a statement.

Calvary is one of the largest churches in Florida, with some 20,000 members who worship in 10 locations across the state.

"Trusting in God's providence, protection, provision and direction, the staff of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale will continue our mission to 'make disciples' through regular services at all campuses and through myriad other ministries the church has established over the years," the statement said.

At an open service at the church Sunday, a letter was read to the congregation from Coy and the board.

Assistant pastors who are on staff will continue their usual rotating schedule as teaching pastors for all services, the statement said.

 

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Ethics • evangelicals • Leaders • Sex

soundoff (1,760 Responses)
  1. ragansteve1

    This is seriously sad for him, his family, and his church and community. I hope that he will repent and be forgiven, not that he should lead again. That avenue is likely lost to him now. Those are the wages of sin in this life.

    May 21, 2014 at 12:58 am |
  2. normsw

    I quit going to church in 1950, except for weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. Haven't seen a reason yet to go back. Stories like this confirm my decision was the right one, at least, for me.

    May 5, 2014 at 3:05 am |
  3. begrudgingatheist

    Translation: He's made enough money from the faithful's collection plates for three lifetimes, and he's gonna kick back and ball mistresses like a boss.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
  4. crittermom2

    If anybody really believed in the bible, they'd be too scared to sin. Hypocrite.

    April 14, 2014 at 9:33 am |
  5. brit1066

    There's a sucker born every minute and you can find them every Sunday in church.

    April 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
  6. adamjread

    So, King Solomon, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines is considered to be the wisest man in the Bible....

    Hmmm.....Can we talk about role modeling in the Text?

    Well, I guess we could also talk about the fact that God doesn't seem to want a wife...or anyone else's opinion in running the world...Jesus describes "heaven" as being a place where marriage doesn't exist...and the Apostle Paul says it's better to be single than to be married. Yet these three guys are some of the most studied characters in the church.

    Who exactly are the healthy role models in the Text that exemplify how a healthy marriage should look? Not just talk about it...but who actually want to spend time with and seek out the thoughts of a woman? Somehow, Genesis 3:16 and Ephesians 5:22 seem to set up a marriage for failure, as Moses thought it was a good idea for a man to "rule over" a woman and single-guy Paul made sure the men believed a wife should submit to a husband.

    We emulate those that we follow, and we end up like those with whom we spend the most time. I'm guessing that if this guy knew that the Bible's characters really have no interest in romance or even domestic relationships to begin with, then we could begin to discuss a much different dynamic that has persisted in the church for thousands of years.

    But you can't do that in church...because the Bible is perfect....

    April 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
  7. lookatuniverse

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “Recall that your Lord said to the angels, "I am placing a representative on Earth." They said, "Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?" He said, "I know what you do not know." [2:30]

    “They say , "We live only this life; we will not be resurrected. If you could only see them when they stand before their Lord! He would say, "Is this not the truth?" They would say, "Yes, by our Lord." He would say, "You have incurred the retribution by your disbelief." [6:30]

    “We have honored the children of Adam, and provided them with rides on land and in the sea. We provided for them good provisions, and we gave them greater advantages than many of our creatures.” Quran [17:70]

    “O children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you, and recite My revelations to you, those who take heed and lead a righteous life, will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.” Quran [7:35]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    April 11, 2014 at 9:44 am |
    • Span.k Your Imam

      lookie, do not be spamming us thusly with your website and the Coo-ran-ran so verbosely and pastedly. Here it is now said. Hearken:

      For such overt and voluminous spamming, you must nakedly assume the to-be-spanked position, and so receive. Lean forward now, with hands grasped tightly on ankles.

      Do not be embarrassed as such with red post-spank posteriority. We have experienced vestal goats close quartered in Tehran if you need to be resanctified.

      Of this year, shall no imams be spanked without above goats. No more. The Coo-ran-ran. The Coo-ran-ran.

      Here it is written and must be so.
      Here it is written and must be so.
      Here it is written and must be so.
      Said thricely. Hear well. You have been spanken.

      April 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm |
  8. wholisa

    Hats off to him for (presumably) skipping denial stage and owning up to it. So rare these days.

    April 11, 2014 at 9:31 am |
  9. celietz

    What I find amusing is how quickly the comments have digressed from the actual story to an all out debate about God's existence and religion in general. Overall this seems to be the case in almost every single article published in CNN's Belief Blog.

    April 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm |
    • kenmargo

      He's supposed to be close to god. Sort of "gods right hand man" so to speak. Obviously he didn't believe what he was preaching, why should we?

      April 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
      • StevePage

        He believed it or he wouldn't have resigned. Your logic is illogical.

        April 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm |
        • ldnadeau

          Steve he resigned because he got caught, and he knew that there was no other way out.

          April 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm |
        • brit1066

          That's a laugh, someone who believes in fairy tales call you ILLOGICAL.
          This guy got caught with his pants down, now it doesn't matter how brain dead his followers are they are not going to let him get way with his TAX FREE nookie.

          April 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm |
      • ldnadeau

        The only way that you do these things is by not believing in them first.

        April 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm |
  10. His Panic

    Moral Failing!! Is that what they call Adultery now, moral failing?

    Anyways; if he does not Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son, this so called "moral failing" will bring anxiety as a result, just to begin with. There might be other consequences, because there are consequences to every and all Sin. However if he does not looses Faith and Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son he will not Panic, neither will he get involve in Anarchy, brawls, stampedes and riots. Those who do not Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL Panic and get involve in such nasty behavior.

    April 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
    • ldnadeau

      Not true.

      April 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
  11. observer

    In spite of the believers who try to make excuses for Bob Coy ("he just made a mistake like any man"), the fact is that his HYPOCRISY goes much deeper than they want to admit.

    If Pastor Bob wanted to fool around and knew there was a third person in the room, you can bet he never would have done it. Same way if Pastor Bob was SURE that God was watching down on everything he did and would make him accountable. Obviously, Pastor Bob wasn't worried about a God looking down on him. WORLD CLASS HYPOCRISY from a guy making a living on selling people that he believed what he was getting their contributions for.

    April 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
    • StevePage

      That's true and he'll be judged just as you and I will be.

      April 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm |
      • ldnadeau

        Steve, wrong again. No one gets judged – even as I wish some would.

        April 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
      • sam stone

        steve: judgement is a hoax

        April 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
  12. frankbeattys

    Correct. Atheists today say they just reject the theist view, and then they violate that idea by saying that God is imaginary and mock people that believe in God. They are really anti-theists.

    April 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
    • Akira

      Do you like stereotypes? Gross generalizations? Because you just did that.

      April 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
    • MidwestKen

      @frankbeattys,
      Aren't those things rejections of theism?

      April 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm |
    • kudlak

      Not every atheist claims to know that no god exists anywhere in the universe, but the God typically described by Christians, for example, is so internally contradictory that it just doesn't make any logical sense to say that he could exist.

      April 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm |
      • celietz

        I guess I am a little confused here, but what do you mean when you say "the God typically described by Christians, for example, is so internally contradictory"? Can you provide some examples? Seriously, I would like to know exactly where you are coming from on this. I am a Christian and personally every time I have come upon something in the Bible that at first glance looks like it is contradictory and I have researched the issue more in depth I have found that I was wrong. But I would be interested in reviewing any examples you could provide.

        April 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
  13. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    20 wounded in school stabbing today. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    April 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
    • Alias

      No matter how many times you claim suffering disproves god, it does not.
      No matter how many names you troll with, suffering is consistent with the christian ideology.
      Stop being such a wimp.

      April 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
      • Hasa Diga Eebowai

        Ah but you are wrong Alias. There are no gods. BUT, if there were: Hasa Diga Eebowai

        April 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
        • Alias

          I'm atheist.
          Your argument still fails.

          April 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm |
        • Hasa Diga Eebowai

          Sorry about that. On the argument, it is only one of many but I stand by it relative to the Bible. The cruelty and suffering of life could not, in my opinion, be overseen by a loving god. If you are suggesting that this same god could just be an absentee then ok. Since we are both atheists, it is moot. There is no god. If there were, "Hasa Diga Eebowai"

          April 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm |
      • Hasa Diga Eebowai

        Ok Alias, let's say there is a god. Why in the world would you worship the prick? Haven't you read the bible? Don't you see the cruelty?

        April 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Hasa,

          I'm guessing you think there are some things that are morally bad. On atheism, why is this?

          April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
        • Hasa Diga Eebowai

          I don't understand your post, sorry.

          April 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
        • Akira

          What does the term "on atheism" mean? Odd term.

          April 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
        • Salero21

          mmm... What in the world is Sharkira the PO.RN star doing around here? Good Lord she/he really likes to get into these Salacious subjects/matters; Don't you Sharkira?

          April 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm |
      • StevePage

        I if tragedy is supposed to prove God doesn't exist the human kindness proves he does. It can also be said that evil prove His existence.

        “God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can't. If a thing is free to be good it's also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating."

        "My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I gotten this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet. Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too — for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist — in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless — I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality — namely my idea of justice — was full of sense. Consequently, atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.*

        April 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm |
  14. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    This man Pastor Bob should fling his middle fingers into the air at god. That is the best thing to do when bad things happen to you. Just ask AIDS victims or people who have lost their luggage at the airport. Hasa Diga Eebowai!!

    April 9, 2014 at 11:42 am |
  15. Russ

    @ CNN Belief Blog Editors:

    seems this piece would be relevant here... and certainly would generate a lot of conversation...

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2014/04/09/sot-huckabee-not-ho`mo`phobic.pool.html

    [remove the ` in ho`mo`phobic - which, BTW, isn't it ironic we can't even post links from you OWN site w/o amending them? ]

    April 9, 2014 at 11:13 am |
    • Doris

      "...isn't it ironic we can't even post links from you OWN site w/o amending them? "

      Isn't that the truth – my goodness.

      Russ do you know if Huckabee represented the case properly regarding the photographer?

      April 9, 2014 at 11:24 am |
      • Russ

        @ Doris: I really have no further knowledge. I just saw the clip on the main site, saw how he was invoking the bible in this discussion, and was surprised not to find it here on the Belief Blog.

        April 9, 2014 at 11:43 am |
        • Doris

          I have a funny feeling it will be here shortly.

          April 9, 2014 at 11:47 am |
  16. Peaceadvocate2014

    Just want to post a saying I learned in elementary school. This posts is not meant to defend or not defend the guys actions. There are a lot we dont know.

    When we do rigth, nobody remembers. When we di wrong, nobody forgets.

    April 9, 2014 at 11:00 am |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      *do wrong

      April 9, 2014 at 11:02 am |
    • kudlak

      For a society to run smoothy we generally expect everyone to "do right". "Doing wrong" upsets the cohesiveness of a society, so we view it as a threat to our security. The congregants of this church probably feel threatened by this pastor's actions for a number of reasons. If the pastor wasn't able to use his teaching to keep himself in check, just how effective will it be for them?

      April 9, 2014 at 11:10 am |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Kud,

        True. Shows how hard it is to follow the teachings of God, may you be a pastor, priest, pope, president or a regular folk.

        April 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
        • kudlak

          How can ordinary people follow the perfect example set forth by a literary character?

          April 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      When I do rigth, nobody understands what I mean. When we di wrong, nobody cares.

      April 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Hasa,

        That is a scary thought. In the a$$umption that right is truely right and wrong is truely wrong based on the teachings of God.

        April 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "When we do wrong, nobody forgets."

      Especially when you make your money telling other people what is right and wrong.

      April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Blessed,

        I am also hesitant or oppose to giving money to a chruch or any charitable inst:tution because i am not sure if the money would be put to good use. Of course there is a debate on the word "good use". If i cant find a church or charitable inst:tution that i could trust then i would do it on my own to be sure money is spent the way my money is spent.

        We cant buy our way into heaven.

        April 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Lol. I want my money spent the way i would like my money spent.

          April 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm |
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