My Heart is Broken

There are some things that I hear that affect me deep down inside. This is one of them.

Written by Gary Lamb of Revolution Church in Georgia, is a letter explaining his resignation of Revolution church in Georgia. I’ve copied his letter on to this post –below. I’ve read it a couple of times. And each time, it tears me up. Keep this guy, his wife and kids and ALL “church” leaders in your prayers.

Dear Revolution Church,

5 years ago DeAnna and I moved to Canton Ga. with a vision to start a church that was doing whatever it took to reach those far from God. Over the last 5 years God has exceeded our expectations and more people than I can count have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Pastoring Revolution has been one of the great highlights of my life. I think Revolution Church is the greatest church in America and I count it an honor to have been called to start her.

It is with those thoughts on my mind that I’m now writing the toughest letter I’ve ever had to write.  Effective immediately, I will be stepping down as the pastor of Revolution.  6 weeks ago, I entered into an emotional and physical affair with my personal assistant, Elena.  I have no excuses, no justification, and no one to blame but myself.  I did exactly what I have preached against from the Revolution stage by letting my guard down and putting myself into a position to fall into sin.  I’m so sorry.

It breaks my heart to know all the people I have let down from my wife DeAnna to all of you who have invested your blood, sweat, and tears into making Revolution the church it is today.  I know what I did was wrong, I have asked God for forgiveness, but there is still consequences for our sin and I’m no longer qualified to lead Revolution.

I know this comes as a shock to many of you and your emotions will vary from anger to hurt, know that it was never my desire to hurt any of you.  This is the end of my time as your pastor, but it is not the end of Revolution.  Revolution was not about me, it was about Jesus Christ.  God has awesome plans in store for Revolution and I believe with everything that is in me, He is going to to take Revolution to places we never imagined.

God has blessed this church with an incredible staff and an incredible Board of Overseers who will be led by God to make sure Revolution remains true to the vision God gave us when we started.  I plead with you to stand by them, rally around them, support them, and do whatever it takes to lift each other up during this time.

I would also ask that you stay in prayer for me and my family.  I am committed to doing what it takes to get my walk with God back to the place where I know it should be.  I am focused on Him during this time and I’m looking forward to seeing Him work in my life in the days to come.  Also pray for DeAnna and my children.  They are the true victims in this and they will need your love and grace like never before.  I am committed to getting myself healthy where I can be the husband and father my family needs.  I appreciate your prayers during this time.

Let me close out by again saying how much I love all of you.  I am so sorry I let you down. I am so sorry that I have given the cause of Christ yet another black eye. I’m so sorry that I have left all of you in this position. I’m sorry, but know I believe in you and I will be your biggest cheerleader as you reach this community for Jesus Christ.

Be Revolutionary,

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One Response to My Heart is Broken

  1. Roy Bauer says:

    I’ve read comments from pastors, and people in general, who are telling this guy it will be alright; just pick yourself back up, dust it off and start working on your marriage.

    It seems a little premature to assume things like that. This may very well go beyond just asking for forgiveness. This could be the symptom of a much greater problem.

    To say whether or not he can just ask his wife and kids to forgive him and move on with his life may not be in the picture right now. We, as fellow believers, can only pray for Mr. Lamb and his wife and trust that those involved will allow God to take a horrible situation and make something out of it.

    To me at least, it is way too premature to assume that anything is going to be just “alright”. There is a lot of healing that has to take place first.

    We, as humans, are quick to judge and condemn. But at the same time, we can’t be flippant about a very serious situation.

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