Megachurch pastor abruptly resigned after admitting to committing a mysterious sin

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Megachurch pastors tend to stay in the pulpit until they die or they finally retire.

However, there are some instances where these church leaders leave their posts earlier than intended.

And now, a Texas megachurch pastor just abruptly resigned after he admitted to committing a “mystery” sin.

Dr. Tony Evans announces his resignation online

Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church pastor Dr. Tony Evans just stepped down from his role after nearly 50 years in service.

The 74-year-old megachurch pastor resigned from his church in Dallas last week after breaking the news to his congregation in a statement posted on the church’s website.

Evans was also the former chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys and the Mavericks.

The statement read, “The foundation of our ministry has always been our commitment to the Word of God as the absolute supreme standard of truth to which we are to conform our lives. When we fall short of that standard due to sin, we are required to repent and restore our relationship with God.”

“A number of years ago, I fell short of that standard. I am, therefore, required to apply the same biblical standard of repentance and restoration to myself that I have applied to others,” Evans wrote.

He also stated that he “committed no crime,” but he “did not use righteous judgment in my actions.”

“In light of this, I am stepping away from my pastoral duties and am submitting to [the] healing and restoration process established by Elders. This will afford me a needed time of spiritual recovery and healing,” he continued.

According to the elder board of his ministry, they are “obligated to govern the church in accordance with the scriptures.”

The church’s statement read, “Dr. Evans and the elders agree that when any elder or pastor falls short of the high standard of scripture, the elders are responsible for providing accountability and maintaining integrity in the church.”

Meanwhile, Evans asked his church members to go on without him, saying that Associate Pastor Bobby Gibson would take over.

“During this time, it is critical that the ministry of OCBF continue as vibrantly as ever. Remember, you serve the Lord Jesus Christ, not a man,” wrote Evans.

The actual “sin” is still uncertain

At the time of publishing, there were no more details regarding what “sin” Evans committed in his past that could cause him to resign from his tenured position.

However, Evans did say that he plans to keep worshiping at Oak Cliff.

One longtime church member named James Harris Jr. said he was “in shock” over the abrupt and unexpected resignation.

“He’s a staple in the community. I think he is one of the most known pastors in the nation,” said Harris Jr. when speaking to CBS News.

Evans founded the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in 1976 as a Bible study group.

It has now grown to over 100,000 church members with 100 different ministries that reach people “locally and abroad.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.