Here is the letter read to Revolution Church on the day their pastor, Gary Lamb, stepped down due to moral failure. This is what a church doesn't want to hear.
5 years ago DeAnna and I moved to Canton Ga. with a vision to start a church that was doing whatever it took to reach those far from God. Over the last 5 years God has exceeded our expectations and more people than I can count have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastoring Revolution has been one of the great highlights of my life. I think Revolution Church is the greatest church in America and I count it an honor to have been called to start her.
It is with those thoughts on my mind that I’m now writing the toughest letter I’ve ever had to write. Effective immediately, I will be stepping down as the pastor of Revolution. 6 weeks ago, I entered into an emotional and physical affair with my personal assistant, Elena. I have no excuses, no justification, and no one to blame but myself. I did exactly what I have preached against from the Revolution stage by letting my guard down and putting myself into a position to fall into sin. I’m so sorry.
It breaks my heart to know all the people I have let down from my wife DeAnna to all of you who have invested your blood, sweat, and tears into making Revolution the church it is today. I know what I did was wrong, I have asked God for forgiveness, but there is still consequences for our sin and I’m no longer qualified to lead Revolution.
I know this comes as a shock to many of you and your emotions will vary from anger to hurt, know that it was never my desire to hurt any of you. This is the end of my time as your pastor, but it is not the end of Revolution. Revolution was not about me, it was about Jesus Christ. God has awesome plans in store for Revolution and I believe with everything that is in me, He is going to to take Revolution to places we never imagined.
God has blessed this church with an incredible staff and an incredible Board of Overseers who will be led by God to make sure Revolution remains true to the vision God gave us when we started. I plead with you to stand by them, rally around them, support them, and do whatever it takes to lift each other up during this time.
I would also ask that you stay in prayer for me and my family. I am committed to doing what it takes to get my walk with God back to the place where I know it should be. I am focused on Him during this time and I’m looking forward to seeing Him work in my life in the days to come. Also pray for DeAnna and my children. They are the true victims in this and they will need your love and grace like never before. I am committed to getting myself healthy where I can be the husband and father my family needs. I appreciate your prayers during this time.
Let me close out by again saying how much I love all of you. I am so sorry I let you down. I am so sorry that I have given the cause of Christ yet another black eye. I’m so sorry that I have left all of you in this position. I’m sorry, but know I believe in you and I will be your biggest cheerleader as you reach this community for Jesus Christ.
I’m not really sure what words to type or say to what so many of you have just read. I know I have let so many people down and many people have been hurt and will be hurt through my actions. There are no words that can make it better. There is nothing that justifies the actions I chose. I took my eyes off God and in the process didn’t care how my sin affected anyone else. I’m truly sorry.
Let me say that I take 100% responsibility for my actions. I also stand 100% by the decision of our Board of Overseers to ask me to step down as pastor. I believe in grace and I believe Revolution is a church like few others when it comes to grace. However that grace doesn’t eliminate the fact that there are consequences for sin. I have felt God’s grace like never before in the last 48 hours, but I also have to face the consequences of my sin. I’m glad they loved me enough to act swiftly on my behalf and Revolution’s behalf.
So many people have asked what is next for me and the truth is I have no idea. My first commitment is to my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am so far away from the man I was when I first felt the call to start Revolution. I’ve become all about me and my ego. I have to focus on getting my walk with God where it should be before I can do anything else. Beyond that, everything else is in God’s hands. I have tried to control every aspect of my life for 12 years and for the first time I realize the only thing I can control is how I respond and handle myself. I plan on seeking the face of God with everything that is in me.
Revolution Church, I love you. I am so sorry that I let you down as your pastor. I honestly believe God is going to show himself to you in ways you’ve never experienced. Stay focused on Him and the vision He gave Revolution when she started. Support the staff and rally around them as they lead Revolution to reach Canton. To my pastor friends, I’m sorry for letting you down. I’m sorry that I’ve given people in your communities more ammunition to use against the church. I plan on being your biggest cheerleaders and praying for you on a daily basis as you seek to turn your communities upside down for the cause of Christ.
Those of you who read this blog owe me nothing but I would be honored if you would pray for my family during this time. Obviously I have left their lives in shambles by my actions. Pray that God shows His grace and mercy to DeAnna and my children like never before. I would also greatly appreciate your prayers as I pick up the pieces and begin the long road to redemption.
I know so many of you will want to contact me over the next several days, but I plan on unplugging from the web for a period of time. The only way to contact me is through the contact form at the top of this blog. Please know that I won’t be responding much, but I will get around to reading your emails as I have time.
Again, let me tell say I’m so sorry to all of those who have been hurt by my actions.