Evangelical Pastor Announces Retirement, Cites ‘Sin’ From Past

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In a written address to his church, Dr. Tony Evans, an evangelical pastor who had previously worked as chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys and the Mavericks, submitted his resignation as senior pastor of Dallas’s Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church.

Evans, 74, is resigning from his position at his church after 48 years of ministry. He cites an undisclosed transgression as the reason.

The pastor wrote, ominously, that his ministry had always been based on the belief that God’s Word is the final authority on all matters of faith and morals and that when we stray from this ideal because of sin, we must turn back to God in repentance and get back on the right track. 

He said he failed to meet that standard a while ago in his Sunday sermon video posted on the church’s website.

Evans made it clear that he was not guilty of any crime but that he lacked “righteous judgment” in his behavior.

The question of whether he would be willing to return after completing the “healing and restoration process” prescribed by the church leaders remains unanswered.

Again, being vague, he said that many Christians nowadays seek assistance from sources other than God to cope with “something real” in their lives.

When Evans began Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in 1976, there were just ten individuals attending a bible study. Currently, there are more than 10,000 active members, and the church offers 100 distinct ministries to meet the needs of adults, adolescents, couples, and singles.

The pastor’s daily radio show, ‘The Alternative,’ features excerpts from his rousing sermons and is heard on over 1,400 stations in over 130 countries.

When a pastor or elder fails to uphold the high standards set by scripture, it is the responsibility of the elders to ensure accountability and integrity within the church, according to past statements made by Dr. Evans.

A church message claims that another pastor, Bobby Gibson, will soon release further details regarding the church’s leadership succession.