Wade Burleson is the pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Enid, Oklahoma. On his website (Grace and Truth to You) he provides the narrative of that church walking with a pastor on staff through the process of church discipline which leads to restoration. The following quote describes the end result:
In the end, this pastor had changed. He turned from being a legalistic, proud, often angry moralist, to a soft-hearted, grace-oriented, lover of people. Because we loved him enough to help him deal with the issues that led to his sin, he knew Christianity was more than a religion–it’s about soul transforming relationships. Because we stuck with him for six months of healing instead of shoving him out the door, grace became more than just a word. Because we restored him to ministry and saw him become a more powerful and effective proclaimer of the gospel of God’s grace, this man continues to impact not just Oklahoma, not just this nation, but the world for Christ.
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