An American megachurch has responded to an accusation that one of its pastors sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl while serving as a youth minister, saying it...
Christian publisher cancels book by pastor who admitted to 'sexual incident' with teen
A Christian publishing company has decided to cancel publishing a book by an American megachurch pastor who admitted to a "sexual incident" with a 17-year-old girl while he was serving as a youth minister.
Bethany House tweeted that the July publication of Andy Savage's book "The Ridiculously Good Marriage" would remain on various retail web sites for a short time until those sites are updated.
Bethany House and Baker Publishing Group have cancelled publication of the Andy Savage book The Ridiculously Good Marriage.— Bethany House (@bethany_house) January 8, 2018
It may remain on various retail web sites for a short time until those sites update.
The pastor from Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee admitted involvement in inappropriate behaviour with Jules Woodson, after she detailed the incident that occurred 20 years ago in her blog last December.
He told congregants on Sunday that he had sinned but did not give details of what had happened.
Woodson told The New York Times she watched the pastor address his congregation on the matter via an internet live stream on the church's YouTube page; she said his speech was "disgusting".
Speaking about Woodson while reading a statement from his mobile phone, the pastor said: "Until now, I did not know there was unfinished business with Jules.
"Jules, I am deeply sorry for my actions 20-years-ago.
"I remain committed to cooperate with you toward forgiveness and healing."
When he finished, church members stood and applauded.
The church has also released an official statement affirming that it is "100 per cent committed to Andy, Amanda [his wife], and their family, and his continued ministry at Highpoint Church".
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