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Kevin Prosh shock announcements
IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT which has shocked the Christian community, internationally renowned worship leader Kevin Prosch has publicly admitted to acts of adultery. In an open letter posted on the internet the American singer/songwriter announced his intention to withdraw from public ministry. Prosch's letter reads:-"In the past few weeks, God in his mercy has called me to accountability by confronting me with the seriousness of the sin in my life. It has been an excruciatingly painful experience, not only for me but also for the people close to me. I realise that if I am every going to be free and if, by God's grace, I am ever able to minister again, I need to publicly acknowledge what I have done and apologise to those I have hurt. This letter is my open confession to the Christian community.
"First, I take full responsibility for all the pain and shame I have caused others who have loved and trusted me. I did not listen to or heed the counsel of the men God placed around me. I fully deceived them and others by living a secret life. I trusted very few people and even the ones I trusted, I still lied to. I even used my gifting to manipulate those closest to me, and I did it without remorse or consideration of the pain it would cause them. I committed adultery and used my gifting to manipulate the women involved. I pursued women, not only sexually but also emotionally and always for my own selfish gain and personal pleasure. The very gift God gave me to bless others with, I used to manipulate and seduce these women. I want to say again and say it emphatically; I am personally responsible for all the deception. I am desperately in need of healing in my life, not only for my sexual problems but also for the way I deceive others. I plan on stepping away from the ministry and will not be ministering publicly in the near future. I also intend to find a local church body under whose leadership, counsel and authority I plan to submit myself.
"Secondly, I want to personally and publicly apologize to the people I have hurt and to ask for their forgiveness for my reckless, self-centred and destructive behaviour that has been ongoing for many years. I apologize, first of all, to the women whose lives have been devastated by my sins against them. I apologize to each of you for the betrayal of your trust and for all the pain I have caused you.
"To Jill, my ex-wife, I especially want to apologize. I have dishonoured you the most, even when we were still married. I am responsible for it all. I lied continually to you and did not listen to you when you knew what the end result would be. I walked in pride and did not consider you. I only hope that you will someday be able to forgive me for not being the husband and man I should have been to you and that the shame I have caused you will not continue to affect you in your new life".
Prosch's email then went on to apologise to his spiritual oversight, his children, his mother and father, 7th Time Music staff, band members, the leadership at Metro Christian Fellowship, his record distributors and the people around the world who listen to his music.
In a separate press statement Michael Coleman, president and CEO of
Integrity Inc, said, "On April 24th, Kevin Prosch made us aware of personal
problems that he is working through and of his decision to step aside
from ministry for a period of time. We are praying for Kevin during
this difficult time and wish him all of God's best for his life."
An article about Kevin Prosch will appear in the next issue of Cross Rhythms.