Should pastors be permanently banned from the pulpit if they commit adultery? That was a key question in a recent LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant preachers and ministers, with just 24 percent of pastors supporting a “permanent withdrawal from public ministry” for those found guilty of such a moral infraction.
While one-in-four held that view, 25 percent said that they were not sure how to handle the situation, with an additional 31 percent recommending that any pastors found guilty of adultery step down for between three months and a year. “Pastors believe church leaders should be held to high standards,” Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement announcing the results. “They also want to protect themselves against allegations that could be false.” READ MORE