Lost – yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. Horace Mann
Yesterday, Lee Strobel tagged me on Twitter and claimed that no one knew anything about what Bill Hybels was doing. He said this sin was done in the darkness. I begged to differ. I pointed out that everyone was aware that Bill Hybels was counseling a suicidal women who claimed, then retracted, that she was in a 14 year adulterous relationship with him. They knew she was going over to his house and they knew she spent the night when Hybels’ wife was out of town. Sorry but that dog won’t hunt. Game over.
I believe that all of the pastors and staff who worked with Hybels need to come out of the dark and admit that they saw some things that didn’t seem right but let it go because “That’s just Bill” or “I don’t want to lose my job” or “I need to protect the church.” Nope, nope, nope.
This action on the part of the leadership was the only possible option left open to them. Here are a few links for you to read. Please note that the incredibly brave women who came out and had to endure abuse from the “Hybels’ Machine” were apologized to, by name, last evening.
New York Times: Willow Creek Church’s Lead Pastor and Board of Elders Resign
Christianity Today: Willow Creek Elders and Pastor Heather Larson Resign over Bill Hybels