Another minister fails the test
Update: My AgapePress column.
Dr. David Seamands, who many in our seminary count as one of the greatest influences of our lives, was in a long-term relationship with a woman not his wife during his pulpit ministry at the United Methodist church in Wilmore, Kentucky from the early '60s through the early '80s. He later served as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Seamands has sold millions of books and helped countless thousands with his counseling, his preaching tapes that were sent around the world, his evangelical leadership in his mainline denomination and his seemingly pillar-like faith.
So - this shocks.
As I was surfing the net the other night I came across this quote from this site:
This was a provocative thought that came out before anyone knew about Seamand's "scandal." How prophetic.
At some point during my seminary experience, I vividly remember being shocked by a statement from well-known UM pastor David Seamands. He had taken a bunch of us young, soon-to-be preachers aside and made one of the more outlandish statements I had ever heard: “The moment you answered the call to preach, you reduced your odds of going to heaven by at least fifty per cent.”Both because of its bizarre nature and because of my huge respect for David Seamands, his off-the-wall comment seared itself into my memory. When he shared that audacious statement back in the ’70s, I had no point of reference for understanding what he meant. But now, 23-plus years later, I realize that this was a deadly accurate assessment of the very real and serious spiritual dangers inherent to ministry.
A sad day for the Church, for Methodism, for those of us who love Seamands and for the millions impacted by his ministry who look back today and say, "Huh?"