Matt Chandler Is Latest Fall From Grace in American Evangelicalism

The lead pastor of an evangelical megachurch near Dallas announced on Sunday

that he would be taking a leave of absence because of an inappropriate online relationship he had with a woman who wasn't his wife.

Matt Chandler told the Village Church congregation on Sunday that the relationship was not romantic

sexual but that elders deemed the frequency and familiarity of the direct messages he exchanged with the woman on Instagram "unguarded and unwise."

Chandler's abrupt departure marks the latest fall from grace for an American evangelical leader

as recent years have seen a number of men removed from church leadership

disgraced by revelations they behaved inappropriately

engaged in sexual misconduct or abuse.

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