When Christians think of falling from grace, the names Tiger Woods, Ted Haggard, and more recently Charlie Sheen come to mind. But a megachurch pastor says the celebrities’ way of falling from grace is not the definition found in the Bible.

Too often, Christians point disapproving fingers at people whose sins have been publicly exposed, but fail to see the same sins, perhaps to a different degree, in their own lives, said Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C.

But Furtick challenged Christians to look at the Bible’s definition of falling from grace, found in Galatians 5:4: “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”

“Ted, Tiger, and Charlie can no longer be our punching bags,” wrote Furtick on his blog Tuesday. “I understand why they are. After all, they’re easy targets … And if we’re honest, they make us feel better about ourselves.”

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