Why does Dr. Charles Stanley want to get a divorce?

According to his ex-wife, Dr. Charles Stanley’s divorce from his wife in 2000 was the result of many years of disappointments and fights in their marriage. Anna Stanley filed for divorce in June 1993, but Charles Stanley talked her into changing it to a legal separation instead. Anna Stanley filed for divorce again in 1995, saying that their marriage of more than 40 years was over and couldn’t be fixed.

The divorce of Dr. Charles and Anna Stanley caused a scandal at the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where Charles was the senior pastor at the time. In 1995, Charles said that if his wife divorced him officially, he would quit his job with the church right away. Even though the divorce was final, Dr. Charles Stanley stayed on as the head pastor of the church because the congregation voted to keep him.

Dr. Charles’s divorce also caused him and his son, Andy Stanley, to grow apart. Andy’s disagreement with how his father handled the divorce scandal is said to have made the situation worse, and in the end, Andy quit the First Baptist Church. In 1995, Andy Stanley started the North Point Community Church.


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