Spatula,Stop over generalizing. We are not talking about a group of people, but a specific \"Man of God\" who has confessed according to the WORD of GOD. You are obviously hurting and in a lot of pain. You should be addressing Congress or the Governor. Pastor Paul doesn't make the laws. The state of California voted against \"same sex\" marriages. Some wanted a vote, but wasn't pleased with the outcome. I don't believe that you would be here blogging your disgust if the vote would've been in your favor. In any case, this is hardly the platform for that. Your heart is very dark and you need to find a healthy environment to discuss your pain and correlation fallacies. Therapy is the first step. You will definitely remain in my prayers. Life is too short for you to allow anger to overcome you.Pastor Paul and the ministry at Abundant Life have blessed many lives and merged a diverse community of believers that would otherwise be separate. God forgives your ignorance and still loves you, despite your darkness.
I have loved your ministry for years and looked forward to listening to you on a regular basis! I was brought to tears when I heard the news and said a prayer for you and your family Paul. You are a mighty man of God and He has an awesome plan in mind for you still. Don't you dare let the devil convince you of anything else!
we pray the mercy of God for the Sheppard Family. Romans 3 declares All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Let us all pray for grace and mercy to be extended to all those who are hurting: the Sheppards and members of ALCF. We pray for you as we pray for ourselves
There are a few things about this thread that I plainly and simply not getting. Christians, non-Christians and anti-Christians are going on about how PS did not live up to \"his standards\" or \"what he was telling others.\" I have news for you. \"His\" standards are completely irrelevant, so are yours, and so are mine. All that matters are God's standards. PS faithfully expounded them. He also, in some way, shape, or form, fell short. This should come as a surprise only to those folks who make up their own standards as they go and then criticize those who proclaim, like PS, the full scope of God's standards. Those of us who have even a passing acquaintance with God's standards will be humbled into silence as we realize that we fall short in our own ways, day in and day out. Judgmentalness, gossip, delighting in evil (ours or that of others), focusing on \"leaders\" instead of testing their message before God's Word and forgetting about the human messenger--these are but a few examples of sins equally damnable as anything that PS could have possibly done.What's with all the speculations of what a \"moral failure\" is in his case How is that any of our business How dare we post lists of questions that he'd better answer, or else he has failed us! Take your own inventory! That's enough to keep any one of us plenty busy, Christians, non-Christians and anti-Christians. PS owes his answers to God and the close ones he has wronged. The rest of us should mind our own business and get on with becoming the people we love to pretend to already be.PS lived up to some incredible standards: He came out and told on himself--at a price that few of us would be willing to pay! He admitted to wrongs and missing the mark just like the rest of us do--constantly (even by writing dome of our posts here). He imposed the consequences on himself. No lies, cover ups, or bargaining to retain his position, reputation, livelihood, or even the right to continue to do great things in the lives of many. How many self-righteous looky-loos and commentators--Christian, non-Christian, and anti-Christian--can say that for themselves!As to the rest of us: it's about the message not the messenger. We can take it to the bank that the latter will be flawed (unless we live by our own comfortable standards for ourselves and set the standards for others while we're at it). There's no call for us to grant absolution or, worse yet, tell others that they should feel ashamed--because we said so. PS has done more good in more lives than the whole lot of us on this thread ever will between us. All this good is a gift from God, wrought through a man who's obedient enough to carry the message. Do something greater; until then, hold your tongue.My respect goes out to those who (unlike myself) did not rise to the bait, and simply stuck to the one and only thing that really needs to be said: prayers and well-wishes to the Sheppard family and those hurting and puzzled by the traps that our human (sinful) nature springs for us from time to time. We don't need to know any details, other than: God is still on the Throne.
Be slow to anger, slow to speak, and quick to listen - this is great advice and one that makes sense to me. As we express our opinions, thoughts, or personal biases, please be mindful that the Sheppherd family, friends, and members of ALCF are in mourning and hurting. As members of one body, we have suffered a grave injury, and need time to heal. We love and appreciate Pastor Paul's teaching and also Merideth's ministry and example, as she has maintained her dignity and walk with God during this difficult time. None of us are an island, what we do, say, and walk does affect the lives of others, so you who are without sin, stand in the gap and pray - those of us who have issues and weaknesses, let's look in the mirror, and have the courage and integrity to make things right before God and suffer the consequences. Remember, God is FAITHFUL, RIGHTEOUS, and has FORGIVEN us through the death and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST, the only perfect sacrifice. May the Lord take the ashes of our lives and create a beautiful testimony of God's restorative grace. Blessings to the Sheppherds and God's family of believers.
I am deeply hurt that Pastor Paul will not be ministering on the airwaves anymore. This man has a powerful ministry and I just won't believe that he is giving up on the wonderful and life changing gift God has intrusted him with. We fall down, and I know in my heart Pastor Paul will get back up again. Pastor Paul you must know you have save my marriage, you help me with issues on my job, and my children have given their life to christ because your teachings. My husband is a minister and the same situation took place,and together we got through it with God's help, you, and encourgement from the saints. So Pastor Paul my encouragement to you.......God is there for you and he loves you. You have members, friends, family and listeners (of your broadcast) who love you......As in your messages you yourself said ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. Know that God is in control and he is a forgiving. Shame on those who are quick to judge and not have forgiveness in their heart for our brother who is hurting. I know you are having it hard, but nothings too hard God to work out. I love you Pastor Paul and I will be praying for you, your family and the ministry. YOU WILL GET BACK UP.......NO DOUBT!!!God Bless you and may your Christmas unfold a self-worth and may the New Year give insight on a new you and a new start. God is listening to the what's being said about you and he knows those who are sincere.Love Mrs Damiris Tyson
Question - Was Pastor Paul biblically sound in the first place We don't bury our heads in the sand, hiding behind ill-used Scripture like many quoted out of context above. To restore him to the pulpit would be both unbiblical and abominable. This is God's mercy on Pastor Paul, that perhaps, he should be confronted with his sin and seek the True and Living Christ, who tears you up in order to humble you, convince you that you are a sinner and then, if He's willing, save you from your sins. I pray that God is working a multitude biblical graces, allowing this event to open the eyes and ears of many decieved folk, as well as the parties involved.Come on Christian, read your bible and ask God to open your understanding! Better that God deals with you on this side of eternity rather than later!May God have mercy.PD.
God bless Pastor Paul Shepard and his family. I burst into tears when I heard he would no longer be on the air here in Oklahoma City. Yes, we all experience moral failure but as the song states \"We fall down, but we get back up again.\" I also have a radio show in Oklahoma City and have shared Pastor Shepards messages on my show. I often told friends if I could afford to fly to California weekly I would just to be under his leadership. We love you Pastor Paul in Oklahoma and you are more than welcomed to come here. I would be the first to join your church.
I am very grieved about this situation. I feel badly for his wife and family. I found it absurd and cowardly that Paul only wrote a letter, disclosing nothing much except that only his wife needed to know the details. I don't think that is right at all. He does owe it to the the other pastors of the church for accountability's sake. What a mess he has made and left behind for others to deal with--yet he owes no explanations. Ultimately he is accountable to God, yet he has had men who have served with him for years. I think he took the chicken way out by not being accountable to anyone in the church.I will be praying for Paul, his family, and the congregation that is also hurting from his actions. This has hurt a lot of people and the repercussions will be quite measurable.Yes, I do realize that the Lord will forgive him/has forgiven him if he has repented. The sad thing is that this is how Paul will be remembered. Another consequence is that his actions have hurt so many people who will continue to hurt for a long time. It is just so sad... Paul will also have to live with the guilt, pain, shame and sorrow he has caused even if he has repented. Very sad and a hard thing.I will miss his teachings very much. I am sure many others will too. 1e1e36bf2d