Larry Tomczak

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Larry Tomczak is a best selling author and cultural commentator who is married thirty seven years, with four children and four grandchildren. He has served in full-time ministry for over forty years and traveled throughout the United States and abroad.

Conversion and PDI[edit]

Born into a Roman Catholic family in Ohio, Tomczak became locally famous as the drummer for the Lost Souls, a five-piece rock'n'roll band described by Richie Unterberger as a "Cleveland sensation".[1]

He became an Evangelical during the charismatic renewal of the 1970s, as described in his popular book, Clap Your Hands. His leadership of the non-denominational TAG (Take and Give) meeting in Washington DC, founded by local resident Lydia Little led to further prominence.[2] He was soon joined in leadership by fellow charismatic CJ Mahaney, (who was also raised in a Roman Catholic family). After a few years, TAG birthed an independent church, Gathering of Believers and after several name changes, became Covenant Life Church.[3] Covenant Life became a launchpad for the founding of People of Destiny International, a national (later international) church planting movement which subsequently shortened its name to PDI[4] then Sovereign Grace Ministries.

Departure from PDI[edit]

Tomczak eventually left the leadership of PDI in 1998 and has subsequently suggested that the increasingly Calvinistic theology of PDI was a major factor in this parting of the ways.[5][6] Some of this period's tensions also arose because Tomczak's fitness as a father was called into question by church leadership over what Tomczak described as the "teenage rebellion" of his son.[7] Tomczak declared that this time "...seemed like an unbelievable nightmare" during which he, his wife Doris, and their son Justin "were threatened in various ways if we did not cooperate with the ministry that we were leaving... A letter was circulated in an attempt to discredit me and to distort the events surrounding my departure. Our own family members were divided.".[8] Tomczak claims never to have received an apology for the events of this period up until 2010.[7] Subsequent to this statement by Larry Tomczak, in an email released by Sovereign Grace Ministries, dated July 4, 2011, it is clear that Larry and C.J. have been reconciled and C.J. has made a full apology to Larry and his family.[9] Larry has been invited to be the special guest at the upcoming Leaders Conference in November 2011.[10] The invitation to the Leaders Conference was ultimately withdrawn and Larry did not appear there. In November 2011, Larry and Doris released a document on their website entitled, "The Tomczak Departure from S.G.M. - What Really Happened."[11] On February 1, 2012, Larry and Doris released a document entitled "Open Letter Upon Release Of SGM Panel Report On Tomczak Departure" [12] in response to the Sovereign Grace Ministries panel report that was released on January 25, 2012. The document includes a discussion of what they describe as "seven significant points that need to be addressed". The points are:

1. Bias
2. Blackmail
3. Breach of Confidentiality
4. Breaking the Matthew 18 ethic in a public assembly
5. Banishment
6. Betrayal
7. Bad Theology

Attached to the end of Larry and Doris' document is a letter from a former SGM pastor that they thought was "timely, accurate and illuminating".

Views on homosexuality[edit]

Tomczac has accepted the research of Paul Cameron These include the notions that "Homosexuals experience appreciably higher rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse and suicide attempts" and that "On average, gays have shorter life spans—up to 20 years less."[13]

In the same article, Tomczac expressed his view that sexual orientation is a learned behavior:

"People are not born homosexual. According to Scripture and science, homosexuality is not part of someone's biological constitution. People will argue to the contrary, but being gay is not like left-handedness. There is absolutely no scientific evidence of a gay gene. Nature or nurture? The answer is the latter. This is not opinion; it's truth."

"I do think some people are more susceptible to homosexuality than others (proclivity vs. practice). We all struggle with various sexual temptations, but we don't have to surrender to them."

Recent Activities[edit]

Upon leaving PDI, Tomczak joined the faculty of Brownsville School of Ministry as Instructor in Practical Theology [5][14] and led the planting of Christ the King Church in Greater Atlanta.[5] He is currently in the process of establishing a ministry training centre in Nashville, Tennessee in partnership with other senior charismatic leaders.[14]

Child Abuse Lawsuit[edit]

Tomczak was named as a defendant in a suit against Sovereign Grace Ministries and PDI in January, 2013. According to the Huffington Post, Tomczak has been "accused of physically abusing a woman for 25 years, beginning during her childhood."[15]

Authorial career[edit]

Larry Tomczak is the author of several books, including The Little Handbook On Loving Correction: How To Raise Happy, Obedient, Respectful Children,[16] Clap Your Hands,[17] Divine Appointments[18] and Reckless Abandon.[19] He was also the founding editor of People of Destiny magazine.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Deanna R. (2002). Rock'n'Roll and the Cleveland Connection. Kent State University Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-87338-691-3. 
  2. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Clap Your Hands. 
  3. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Clap Your Hands. pp. 179–196. 
  4. ^ Virgo, Terry. No Well Worn Paths. 
  5. ^ a b c "Where Are They Now?". Charisma Magazine. July 2000. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  6. ^ Tomczak, Larry (1998). What Do You Believe About How People get Saved?. 
  7. ^ a b "Evangelist Tomczak still a force". Washington Times. 2000-06-11. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  8. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Reckless Abandon. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "A letter from Larry Tomczak on his reconciliation with C.J. Mahaney". Sovereign Grace Ministries. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Pastors Conference 2011". Sovereign Grace Ministries. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  11. ^ "The Tomczak Departure from S.G.M. - What Really Happened". Larry and Doris Tomczak. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Open Letter Upon Release Of SGM Panel Report On Tomczak Departure". Larry and Doris Tomczak. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ a b "Christ the King Church". Christ the King Church. Retrieved 2008-02-09. [dead link]
  15. ^ Rev. Larry Tomczak, Pastor Who Promotes Corporal Punishment, Accused Of Abuse. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/rev-larry-tomczak-pastor-abuse_n_2494318.html
  16. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/01/15/lawsuit-accuses-pastor-of-abuse/1566390/
  17. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Clap Your Hands. ISBN 978-0-88419-252-7. 
  18. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Divine Appointments. ISBN 978-1-56043-320-0. 
  19. ^ Tomczak, Larry. Reckless Abandon. ISBN 978-0-88419-876-5.