Charles Colson Tells Charles Stanley to Resign as Pastor

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Charles Colson calls for Charles Stanley's resignation The Christianity Todaycolumnist and Prison Fellowship founder devoted his June 13 " Breakpoint" radio commentary to calling Charles Stanley to step down as pastor of Atlanta's First Baptist Church. "I'm certain there's a role for Charles Stanley in the Christian world, but he needs first a time for personal repentance and healing," Colson said. "Biblical standards for pastors are very high, and rightly so. Given the already high divorce rate among Baptists, the last thing we need to do is to give one of our own leaders a pass, no matter how much we may respect him." The commentary has been republished all over the Web, from Beliefnet to World magazine's site. World also runs an excellent news item on Colson's declaration and the Stanley divorce, quoting Colson as saying he'll apologize for not contacting Stanley before the broadcast and for not making clear that it was Stanley's wife who sued for divorce. World also notes that some radio stations refused to air that day's "Breakpoint," but that others dropped Stanley's "InTouch" radio programs. We stand by our ads … except for that one Speaking of World magazine, the editors of the weekly publication had a rather embarrassing clarification to run in this week's issue. Just one week after publisher Joel Belz promised readers, "We'll never include anything in our ad pages that we know not to be true" and "[W]hen an ad promotes a viewpoint that is opposed to our bedrock philosophies, we will typically ask the advertiser to find some other venue," the magazine ran an ad for The Doctrine of the Trinity: Christianity's Self-Inflicted Wound, a book that attacks Trinitarianism as heretical blasphemy. A sharp-eyed ...

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