Weird History

Legendary Pastors Who Fell From Grace

The Bible loves a good redemption story, but forgiveness only goes so far. These religious leaders who fell from grace shocked the world when their crimes and scandals became public. The fallen pastors and leaders include famous men like Ted Haggard, one of many anti-gay activitists caught being gay, and Tony Alamo, who was sentenced to 175 years in prison for pedophilia and marrying an eight-year-old girl. 

The pastors who have fallen into sin have all kinds of excuses: it wasn't technically illegal, it was a youthful mistake, it was a conspiracy orchestrated by the Vatican. But none of that excuses the hypocrisy of religious "authorities" preaching one standard for their flock and then flaunting those rules in their private lives.

The names of fallen pastors are famous, from Bill Gothard to Jim Bakker. And don't forget Josh Duggar––apparently molesting his own sisters isn't one of the things the Duggars can't do. Once you finish reading about pastors who fell from grace, see how they rank on the all-time list of the most drastic falls from grace in history