Three years ago, sensing that his pastor at an Evangelical Covenant Church on Chicago’s North Shore was moving away from theological orthodoxy on homoerotic activity, same-sex relationships, and marriage, a regular attendee initiated a conversation with this pastor that this past spring culminated in the pastor’s troubling—though not surprising–admission that he no longer affirms either biblical orthodoxy or the Covenant Church’s position on these critical issues.
Yet more troubling still, this pastor—let’s call him Rev. X—revealed that those in authority over him were aware of his rejection of theological orthodoxy as well as the denomination’s position on matters related to homosexuality but were doing nothing.
Moreover, until very recently, Rev. X concealed this information from his congregation.