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A married Texas megachurch pastor has blamed his old brain cancer diagnosis after he exchanged messages with a married woman.
Matt Chandler, 48, bared his soul on Sunday seeking forgiveness for any 'additional weight or hardship,' he may have caused his congregants and spoke about the intensive counseling he endured.
During his sermon - his first since August 28 - he spoke about his bout with brain cancer in 2009 and the 'disorientation,' he experienced and the 'accusation' that revealed some 'unhealth' in him, and a 'blindspot he couldn't see.'
Chandler was suspended for violating the church's social media policy after he was found to have shared 'not sexual but unguarded,' Instagram DMs with a woman who was not his wife, and stepped down from his role after the salacious news broke.
Matt Chandler, 48, made his triumphant return to the Village Church, a Southern Baptist congregation located just outside of Dallas, and told his congregation: 'I'm sorry, I failed you'
Chandler, pictured here with his wife, Lauren, 42, said Sunday: 'If my foolishness created any additional weight or hardship for you, then please forgive me'
He got choked up as he apologized to worshippers at the Village Church in Dallas saying, 'I'm sorry, I failed you,' adding that he felt as if he had 'fallen short of the glory of God.'
His wife, Lauren Chandler, 42, whom he shares three children with and is a deacon of the church, stood by his side.
During his return to the stage, Chandler was greeted with a standing ovation by congregants and spoke of the two intensives and neurological exam he had to undergo as part of his healing journey.
'I said back on the (August) 28th, I was real disoriented when this happened because I didn't understand how it happened. I mean I'm a man who guards his life and Doctrine fairly closely and so I was disoriented by the fact that the accusation came and then I was confused by even some of the things that progressed after that.'
'I do think that it revealed some unhealth in me. That was a blind spot that I just couldn't see and so I couldn't be more grateful.'
'If you don't know my backstory we probably needed to do that. Right? I don't have a frontal lobe. If you remember that back in '09, if you're a guest, I had brain cancer. I had to do some surgery. I think that process has given me insight into exactly what happened.'