Donnie Romero, an adherent of the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Movement and controversial founder of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, resigned due to sex with prostitutes, gambling and marijuana use.
“I just want to let you guys know that I’m stepping down as the pastor of Stedfast Baptist Church,” Romero revealed to his church as his voice quivered in a video posted by the church on YouTube on Jan. 2.
“I haven’t been ruling my house well. I’ve been a terrible husband and father. I’m the one at fault in this situation. My wife and my kids they are not to blame. I love Stedfast Baptist Church, love my family. This is the best decision for my family and this church to make,” he said as a baby cooed in the background and his congregation listened in silence.
“I’m very sorry for the hurt this may cause people, the discouragement. I’m so sorry. I love you guys. I wish I didn’t have to get to this point,” Romero added before walking off the stage.
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, who ordained Romero before he went off to start his church and helped walk the congregation through Romero’s resignation, said the preacher had “disqualified” himself from being a pastor because of his sins.
While he did not immediately reveal what Romero’s sins were in the Jan. 2 video and discouraged the congregation from asking about details, he later revealed the sins in a follow-up video posted to YouTube.
“When you’re in a public position of trust like being a pastor and you commit major sins then it just isn’t right to sweep it under the rug. And so these things have to be confronted head-on. Having integrity is important,” he said. “Basically the major sin involved was being with prostitutes. And then there were also marijuana and gambling also discovered.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair