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When a pastor abuses this privileged position, Christians ought to grieve. When a pastor publicizes his sin from the pulpit or, even worse, acts sinfully in the pulpit but does not acknowledge his behavior as being sinful and reprehensible to God, then those watching cannot help but begin to question that pastor’s qualifications. After all, if a man cannot present himself as above reproach when he is in the pulpit, what might he be doing outside of it? This is not meant as an accusatory statement, but rather stands as a logical question that might be asked.
There was a time when Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll was well known as the deliberately crude, “cussing pastor.” He seems to have since softened his language (or perhaps has traded it for other, more disturbing pastimes), but the trend of cussing in the pulpit has not entirely faded from evangelicalism. And since a man is understandably influenced by the company he keeps, it seems rather interesting, if not disheartening, to listen to the following clip of James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, as he preached this past Fall at the Act Like Men conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. A conference, it may be noted, where one of MacDonald’s co-stars was Mark Driscoll.