You seem to leave out much of the New Testament teaching on practical grace (“…the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable…”) comes to mind immediately. Your tone is one that demands justice and communicates a “serves you right” attitude for any pastor who has fallen. It’s the same short sighted mindset that says ‘you should have known better’. No kidding.
You are also incorrect, high profile or not, pastors and leaders who “fall” experience similar negative consequences including, but not limited to financial hardship, loss of dignity of themselves and their family, etc.
The cost is ALWAYS higher for pastors to confess their sin, because they know they will be judged, condemned, and lose everything.
Let me ask you, why do you get to choose the consequences imposed on pastors when they sin? Is your aim with those consequences to be redemptive and restorative, or simply to judge and condemn them.
It sounds as if you feel justified in keeping stones in your hands and somehow have forgotten the point of the Gospel in the first place.
[originally posted in reply to comments on my friend Ted Haggard’s blog Selling Service]