Evangelical Leader Confesses, Quits

India Evangelical Mission founder Theodore Williams has admitted to an adulterous relationship and resigned from all leadership posts in evangelical organizations.

Williams, 58, recently had been appointed cochairman of AD 2000 with Billy Graham and Bill Bright. He had served on the international board of World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) and held various leadership posts with the Evangelical Fellowship of India, World Gospel Mission, and “Back to the Bible” radio broadcasts. A popular convention speaker, Williams has canceled all bookings for the next year. He founded India Evangelical Mission in 1965 and had been its board chairman. Williams has given up his housing with the organization in Bangalore.

Jun Veneer, international WEF director in Singapore, said Williams had resigned “due to moral failure in his personal and family life.” Williams has submitted to India Evangelical Mission leadership for a restoration process. Authorities have decided Williams will not be involved in ministry for a year. He and his wife of 22 years remain together.

“We realize this is a time in which donors who have given because of Theo will feel betrayed,” says WEF North America director Galen Hiestand. “But there also is a personal side of a man who has stepped down responsibly and who needs to be forgiven and loved.”

Parliament Crisis Sinks Religion Law

The government turmoil in Russia has in effect scuttled a proposed law that would have prohibited independent activities of foreign religious organizations and their representatives, according to Parliament member Gleb Yakunin.

In July and August, the Russian Parliament passed laws to restrict religious freedom (CT, Oct. 4, 1993, p. 62), but both ...

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