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Megachurch founder unexpectedly resigns due to 'moral failing'

Megachurch Founder Unexpectedly Resigns Due to 'Moral Failing'
The founder of a popular megachurch in Florida has unexpectedly resigned. Here's "Good Morning America."

'Pastor Bob Coy, founder of Calvary Church, shocked parishioners when he abruptly resigned on Sunday citing what he called a 'moral failing.''

WTVJ reports Coy's resignation was announced at a special meeting of more than 7,000 churchgoers Sunday, but Coy wasn't in attendance.

The church released a statement online Sunday saying Coy had resigned Thursday after admitting a 'moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role.'

The church hasn't stated what Coy's 'moral failing' was, but according to WPLG, Coy had admitted he cheated on his wife. Coy and his wife founded the Fort Lauderdale church almost 30 years ago.

In addition to his sermons, Coy also hosted a show that aired on WSVN. The station reports the show has been suspended after his surprise resignation.

And the link to Coy's bio on the church's website already leads to an error message saying the page can't be found.

The church says it will go through a cycle of rotating assistant pastors in the wake of Coy's resignation.

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remlegalsite April 07 2014 at 2:15 PM

Why does this bother anyone....? This isn't the first time a Big Church Guy has fallen on his
....." Sword."

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whitcombc April 07 2014 at 1:36 PM

Heavens to betsy! What a SHOCK? A "mega-church, "christian" guy turns out to be the kind of guy that Jesus would have picked a fight with! Wow! Who would EVER think of such a thing? Well- Jim and Tammy-Faye will have company in that black hole that they warned us all to avoid by sending them money.

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kusideline April 07 2014 at 4:07 PM

Was it a woman or a man he had the affair with?

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poll100 kusideline April 07 2014 at 4:35 PM

Girlfriend has been used to describe the situation.

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SJ April 07 2014 at 1:37 PM

I'm not a big fan of religion, but I was always applaud a man who owns up to his misdeeds and mistakes, especially a man who had to face up to that many people. I hope he takes comfort in his bravery.

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doleeu7 April 07 2014 at 1:37 PM

So in other words this FINE CHRISTIAN finally got caught; and that means he had to fess up to a "Moral Failing". The only question that remains is was he cheating on his wife with a boy or a girl? And for you who would say what difference does it make? IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE when public homophobes like Right Wing Christians are cheating with those they publicly chastise.

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Steve April 07 2014 at 1:38 PM

Being the leader of a "Mega Church" does NOT make them less than human, and therefrore make them just a prone to make the same moral indescretions that any one of are able to commit if we let ourselves. Are they held to a higher standard? I think yes beause they claim to be a tool of God to bring the Gospel to the people. Anyway, to make possibly very very long statement short, I think he did the right thing by resigning, but I also think he should be able to heal his relationship with his family (if possible) and should not be thrown on the alter of public ridicule and opinion. Let he that is without sin cast the first stone...

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dregrob Steve April 07 2014 at 1:54 PM

Steve, several biblical sayings come to mind: 1) you reap what you sow. 2) as ye judge so shall ye be judged. While I can't cast the first stone, someone must remind these pompus, arrogrant, self-righteous "Christians" that, as you say, all of us are prone to moral indiscretions. If they were as humble and understanding about others indiscretions (as you are), we could better take their indiscretions. I have never heard of this guy, but I wonder how many Sundays did he stand at the altar and castigate others while he himself was committing that very sin?

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mouse April 07 2014 at 9:22 PM

So adultery is major and greed and pride and pomposity and distortion of the true meaning of God's word etc. are not important. Any of those horrid mega churches are full of greed. The money they spend on outward appearances should go toward feeding and housing the less fortunate. I will give them the power of TV for those who can't make it to a service but the ministers should dress in "moderately priced" clothing and drive around in mid priced vehicles that they keep for several years. They preach "give" and take for themselves.

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dsrtjoe April 07 2014 at 1:40 PM

Some of these Christian "call the 800# and pray & pay crooks" stay in it for the long haul like the disgusting Pat Robertson and some of them decide to take the money and run.

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Don E April 07 2014 at 6:36 PM

At least he owned up to what he did and he also did the right thing by stepping down. I have to think he's really sorry for what he did.

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poll100 Don E April 07 2014 at 6:48 PM

He cheated on his wife for 9 years ago is addicted to porn. He did the right thing.

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Rey April 07 2014 at 1:42 PM

So, what else is new? Just one more in a long line!

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