Pastors and friends call on Tullian Tchividjian to repent and quit Christian ministry

Several pastors and friends of embattled minister Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson, are calling on him to repent for the sex scandal he is embroiled in and quit his Christian ministry.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / StAnselm)Tullian Tchividjian, preaching at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on March 13, 2011.

In a joint letter posted on Monday by Pastor Kevin Labby of Willow Creek, a number of pastors said Tchividjian is already disqualified from the Christian ministry. The letter also asked the embattled pastor to show his repentance by submitting to his church leader and striving for reconciliation and healing, The Christian Post relays.

"Inasmuch as Tullian Tchividjian has habitually and impenitently used his public platform, his family's good name, and the name of Christ for his own selfish ends, we believe that he has disqualified himself from any form of public vocational ministry," the pastors said in the letter.

Those who signed the joint letter include Pastor R.J. Grunewald of the Faith Lutheran Church, OSNY lead pastor Matt Popovits and Christian personalities Kimm Crandall and Elyse Fitzpatrick.

In summer last year, news surfaced about Tchividjian's extramarital affairs which destroyed his ministry and broke his marriage. He left Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida after the church found out about his affair with a parishioner who is only known as Rachel, the Post reports.

In a confessional, Rachel wrote that a staff member informed the pastor that the contents of his mobile phone were visible on the church's public server. She also revealed that Tchividjian had requested his phone's content to be deleted from the server.

Despite the time that passed since the scandal broke out, Tchividjian's woes are not yet over as there are now several women who have come out to admit being his lovers and to protest his efforts to come back to the ministry.

After the recent allegations, Tchividjian said his family is currently "fighting to breathe" amid the controversy. He told the Post on Friday that he has no other comment about the issue as of the moment.