Nationally known pastor and teacher David Hocking has been permanently expelled from his former congregation, Calvary Church, Santa Ana, California, following a dispute with the church’s leadership regarding his restoration after “moral failure.” The exceptional removal blocks Hocking from membership in the church, as well as sanctioned fellowship with the congregation, and is the latest blow against the pastor and author, whose publisher, Harvest House, canceled his latest book, dealing with strengthening marriages.

Less than three months ago, Hocking, 51, resigned from the 6,000 +-member church amid the disturbing revelation of sexual scandal after church elders heard of his admission of “sexual sin” with a married woman from his congregation.

Hocking’s reaction was one of shock and dismay, according to a report in the Orange County Register. “I feel blind-sided,” said the former radio Bible teacher, whose “Biola Hour” and “Rock Radio” were broadcast on more than 170 stations nationwide. “It’s not enough that I’ve been publicly humiliated, but now I’m being dragged through the dirt.”

Many feel Hocking’s ouster is due to his plans to join Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel staff this year.

Chuck Smith, who shepherded the “Jesus Movement” explosion of the seventies, and is pastor of the 12,000-member Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, says he is confounded at the action taken by Calvary Church, and he hired Hocking in spite of the controversy. “This man is a gifted Bible teacher,” says Smith. “And, if he doesn’t resume his teaching, I’m afraid he’ll be literally and totally destroyed.”

Smith’s hiring of Hocking has stirred much controversy, and, since Smith has voluntarily taken over Hocking’s restoration to proper Christian ...

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