You have probably heard by now that Doug Phillips has resigned from his position as president of Vision Forum Ministries and and discontinued his speaking responsibilities.
When I first saw this, I did not know what to think. On one hand, he has done so much damage to so many people and yet he appeared to be doing the right thing by stepping down from the ministry when he fell. He sounded so repentant and I was even hopeful that he was finally going to understand grace. Then I started reading commentary and realized the following:
1) I failed to notice that he did not express any sorrow for hurting this nameless woman.
2) It would appear that he only stepped down from the ministry (non-profit) side of Vision forum. As far as anyone can tell, he continues to be the head of their For Profit side. Update Nov 6: He has published confirmation of continuing his position at Vision Forum. Update Jan 21, 2014 The for profit side of Vision Forum has been shut down.
Here are a few reactions to the news of Doug Phillips’ resignation:
Vision Forum Ministries President Doug Phillips Resigns Due to Infidelilty from the The Wartburg Watch
He Does Not Represent God to Me: the resignation of Doug Phillips by Kristi-Joy at Constellation Hope
Fallen by Lore Ferguson at Sayable
He’s Priest Over Our Courtship Life, But Fails His Own by Lana Hope at Wide Open Ground
The Heavy Burden of Doug Phillips’ Legalism Leads to His Resignation From Vision Forum and
Doug Phillips’ Balance Sheet: Vision Forum Ministries vs. Vision Forum, Inc. and
How Patriarchy Itself is the Slippery Slope that Led Doug Phillips to Serious Sin With Another Woman by Jen at Jen’s Gems
One Vital Lesson From Doug Phillips’ Resignation by David Murray at HeadHeartHand Blog
Doug Phillips: The Big Scandal You Didn’t Hear About and Why It Matters by Julie Ingersoll at the Huffingon Post
Thinking thoughtfully about Doug Phillips’ resignation, part one and
Thinking thoughtfully about Doug Phillips’ resignation, part two ~ how the patriocentrists raise daughters
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Thinking thoughtfully about Doug Phillips’ resignation, part three ~ not every man and
Thinking thoughtfully about Doug Phillips’ resignation, part four ~ danger markers along the patriarchy path and
Thinking thoughtfully about Doug Phillips’ resignation, part five ~ praise where praise is due By ThatMom
Are the women to blame for Doug Phillips’ resignation from Vision Forum Ministries? by Sallie at A Woman’s Freedom In Christ
Doug Phillips: Repentance and Restoration – Is it Possible? and
Doug Phillips: Question about Pastoral Position, Timeline of Events, and Understanding True Repentance by Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding Board
“We All Sin:” A 15 Step Path To Forgiveness for Doug Phillips by Heather of Becoming Worldly