John Armstrong is a pastor who has served the church through good times and difficult times for nearly thirty years. On the subject of sexual in the church, he has done his homework, and the light of scriptural exegesis, church history and careful reason illuminates the discussion. He rightly rejects the flawed reasoning that argues for restoration as a function of forgiveness. He also exposes the faulty reductionism of imagining that "adultery is like any other sin" and the common thinking that restored pastors can become better pastors--"wounded healers" who are in touch with their people and more compassionate.
John H. Armstrong, president of Reformation & Revival Ministries since 1991, serves the church in a variety of ways - among them speaking at conferences, pastoral care, teaching resources, book, He was a pastor for twenty-one years, the last sixteen at Trinity Baptist Church, Wheaton. John and his wife, Anita and have two adult children and one grandchild. He lives in Carol Stream, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
"This is a pastoral letter from a sinner to sinners, composed with gracious humility. Above all The Stain that Stays is biblical. John Armstrong has done his homework. It deserves a wide reading by pastors, denomination leaders, church elders, and all who love the church."
"This book is a needed corrective to the growing trend to restore fallen ministers into pastoral leadership. Whether one agrees with all John Armstrong's conclusions, he makes a case that desperately needs to be heard."
"Armstrong has considered the issue in Biblical, theological, and historical terms. He has left no stone unturned and yet he has thrown no stones at fallen brothers. The book reflects a properly pastoral tone and a broken heart."
'As the epidemic of moral failure among church leaders shows signs of worsening, the church must carefully re-examine some hard questions in the clear light of scripture. John Armstrong has done this, and here he offers a thoughtful, biblical response - surely the finest book to date on this difficult subject.'
'The lack of serious self-criticism and sustained biblical analysis on this issue plagues the Christian house. This book by John Armstrong takes a sober look at this problem and endeavours to shake us into something radical - that is to engage the Bible obediently.'
'Eschewing both legalism and apathy, Armstrong points a biblical way forward to protecting God's sheep and recovering fallen shepherds...he has provided us with an extremely valuable, wise and balanced discussion.'
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