John M. Palmer, general secretary of the General Council of the Assemblies of God has resigned, the church announced Friday.
Leaders of the Springfield, Mo. based denomination said Palmer had “confessed to a one-time incident that involved ethical misconduct and an inappropriate interaction with a woman that did not involve any physical intimacy.”
Palmer’s biography has been pulled from the church’s website, but is still available via Google.
He served as a senior pastor in Iowa and Ohio and held other leadership positions before his election as general secretary in 2007.
Palmer had his own blog, which is now disabled. In December, he wrote seemingly prophetic words:
“If there’s sin in my life, the Spirit will find it and reveal it – if I don’t choose to confess it. …God doesn’t appreciate it when we hide our sin.”
“God knows everything about us – He knows our actions and our thoughts. He sees what we do when no one else sees. When we do something we should not do – or say something we should not say – or think thoughts we should not be thinking – the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin. At that moment we have a choice – conceal or confess, conceal or confess, conceal or confess. . .
The best choice is to confess and renounce our sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
If we choose to conceal, the Spirit will reveal! But when we choose to confess, we will be blessed!”