Tennessee Megachurch Pastor Returns To Pulpit After Six-Week Absence For Alleged Adultery🐾
How can you spiritually lead a flock when you are in desperate need yourself? That's just inappropriate, and that's not something you just get over in 6 weeks. The fact that he can't see that is a sign to me that he hasn't fully dealt with what is going on...I wish him the best. He needs help, he doesn't need to be on stage.
Anyhow, according to Julie Roys, Tennessee megachurch pastor Tavner Smith returned to the pulpit at Venue Church in Chattanooga on Sunday—six weeks after allegations surfaced that Smith had engaged in an adulterous affair and eight of his staff quit. In a short statement read to the congregation, Smith apologized for engaging in an “inappropriate relationship” without noting specifics. “You all are very well aware that I’m not perfect. But I do love God with my whole heart and I do love you. There’s no excuse for my behaviors and the hurts I’ve caused. But I believe there is healing in walking out a brand-new season.” Dr. Julia Dahl, an image repair analyst, and professor at the University of Michigan told The Roys Report that Smith's statement raises red flags. “This completely ignores that his actions are at least temporarily, if not permanently, disqualifying. There is no real repentance when the actions are: 'I’m sorry. And on with the show.'”