Redeemed. Forgiven. Restored. Delivered. Pardoned. Reinstated. What do these words mean in Baptist life, really? A good youth pastor friend of mine in Texas (nameless because he doesn't know that I am asking this question) shared his testimony to his youth group a couple weeks ago. This testimony included, minus gory and raunchy details, a struggle with internet pornography. He left the ministry for a year, and was restored to a ministry after counseling, time and alot of prayer on his and his accountability group's part. He later shared with his pastor that he had told the kids, and his pastor has asked him to step down. He believes that the Lord directed him to share that part of his testimony, and the restoration story with the students. And because of it, two boy students came to him with admissions of a similar struggle. Now he's being asked to step down... is this the right course of action? Because he's my friend and I'm part of his accountability group, I'm a little close to the situation, but I believe restored and forgiven means that those things are in his past. If the right safeguards are in place, I don't see the problem. The Lord has taken this horrible situation he was in, and brought him up from it. Should he not share that story?