Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On Baylor, Baptist Churches and Change

As a Baylor graduate myself, my first thoughts are with the victims. I hope they are healing and know that they are not to blame and that they are not alone. How incredibly brave they are to speak out and now hopefully are heard. The institution that they should have been able to count on for support towards healing failed them terribly, causing unspeakable pain. Baylor chose to support and protect itself and image over the precious lives of these students. 

While this is certainly newsworthy, sadly, this skewed priority is an all-too-familiar guiding, operational structure among Baptist churches as well. Allegations of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults within churches, like the sexual assault allegations at Baylor, are all too often handled in-house and not reported to police. This is revictimization. Victims are blamed, perpetrators enabled, and more lives placed at risk. Sexual assault must be rightly viewed as a crime and reported to law enforcement, not just as sin or "inappropriate behavior" to be handled as a spiritual and behavioral matter by the church or managed by a football coach or university administration. 

There are churches who need to turn the spotlight on themselves and expose the truth, wherever that may lead. And then, like Baylor finally did, make the necessary changes that will hopefully lead to authentic change. Only then can churches begin operating as the Christian institutions that they proclaim to be, marked by the love and care of Christ for people, instead of the love of image of the institution as corrupt corporations.  

Baylor University Board of Regents Findings of Fact can be read here.

ESPN: Outside the Lines

Monday, May 9, 2016

SNAP statement on arrest of Newspring Church volunteer for child sex abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Statement by Amy Smith, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests leader
Florence church youth volunteer kissed and fondled teen boy, police say
By Eric Walters, April 29, 2016, WBTW News 13
FLORENCE, SC – A youth group volunteer at a Florence church has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.
According to Florence Police Major Carlos Raines, a 15-year-old boy claimed Leo LaSalle Comissiong, 20, of Florence kissed and fondled him through his clothes.
The incident happened in February at the NewSpring Church on North Cashua Drive, Raines said.
Comissiong is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree.
A spokesperson for NewSpring Church, Suzanne Swift, released the following statement regarding the case:
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, a NewSpring Church staff member saw Leo La Salle Comissiong III enter an unoccupied room with a 15 year old. The staff member immediately entered the room and questioned Comissiong. Comissiong denied    any wrongdoing at that time. Because we take the safety of minors very seriously, we never allow adults to be alone with children or teens while on a NewSpring Campus. NewSpring Church questioned Comissiong again, and at that time removed him from volunteering in any capacity at NewSpring. After a separate conversation with the student, NewSpring staff contacted law enforcement. Since that time, NewSpring has fully cooperated with authorities and in this investigation.

NewSpring Church will continue to corporate with this investigation and we are praying for everyone impacted.

Perry Noble is the lead pastor of Newspring Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina.

We are glad that law enforcement was contacted. Now, Perry Noble and Newspring Church have a moral and civic duty to aggressively seek out others who may have suspicions or knowledge of Leo Comissiong’s crimes and beg them to call law enforcement. With Newspring’s vast resources, we hope they will will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who Leo may have hurt.

This is how kids will be safer, other victims could be found and assisted in healing, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Youth volunteer at S.C. megachurch charged with abuse

A 20-year-old youth group volunteer at the nation’s largest Southern Baptist church has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a minor.
Leo LaSalle Comissiong III is accused of kissing and fondling a 15-year-old boy in February at the Florence, S.C., location of NewSpring Church, a multi-site congregation based in Anderson, S.C. The church is ranked No. 1 on a LifeWay Christian Resources list compiled by LifeWay head Thom Rainer of the 500 largest Southern Baptist churches with an average attendance of 31,215 in 2014.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Youth leader at Perry Noble's Newspring Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, arrested for child sexual assault

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A youth group volunteer at a Florence church has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.
According to Florence Police Major Carlos Raines, a 15-year-old boy claimed Leo LaSalle Comissiong, 20, of Florence kissed and folded him through his clothes.
The incident happened in February at the NewSpring Church on North Cashua Drive, Raines said.
Comissiong is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree.

Is Leo LaSalle Comissiong still a youth leader at Newspring Church?
Perry Noble is the lead pastor of Newspring.
We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes at Newspring Church to protect kids by calling police. This is how kids will be safer, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
Update 5/3/16: I called the Newspring Church Florence campus to ask if Leo is still a youth leader after his arrest. I spoke with Justin who refused to answer my question. He would only give me the number for their PR person Sharon Swift.

Justin refused to tell me his last name then said "No ma'am. You're not doing this." Then he hung up on me.

I then called the main Newspring campus in Anderson, South Carolina and spoke with Suzanne Swift's assistant Annie who said that Leo is not a youth leader anymore. She said that Suzanne has a prepared statement about Leo to send to people asking about him. I asked if they'd be sending that to media and she said no, just to individuals who ask. I left my email and asked to receive the statement. 

Here is the statement emailed to me by Newspring PR director Suzanne Swift:
Hey Amy,

Thank you for reaching out to us. I understand you have questions regarding the arrest and charges filed against a former volunteer in our church at our Florence campus. I hope this is helpful and answers your questions.

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, a NewSpring Church staff member saw Leo La Salle Comissiong III enter an unoccupied room with a 15 year old. The staff member immediately entered the room and questioned Comissiong. Comissiong denied any wrongdoing at that time. Because we take the safety of minors very seriously, we never allow adults to be alone with children or teens while on a NewSpring Campus. NewSpring Church questioned Comissiong again, and at that time removed him from volunteering in any capacity at NewSpring. After a separate conversation with the student, NewSpring staff contacted law enforcement. Since that time, NewSpring has fully cooperated with authorities and in this investigation.

NewSpring Church will continue to corporate with this investigation and we are praying for everyone impacted.

Thank you again for reaching out to us.

Suzanne Swift
Chief Public Relations and Marketing Officer
NewSpring Church

SNAP statement: Newspring Church must do outreach on child sex abuse case
Update- I received this email on May 9, 2016:
I used to be a volunteer at Newspring Church until there were some conflicts of interest that caused me to stop attending. I was reading your blog post and I am so happy that, for once, someone is saying something about this. Leo had been a volunteer to younger children since the age of 15, and since then, he has become a big part of the church. After this incident, he is no longer a volunteer and no longer attends the church (to my knowledge)
Justin Rhodes is the man you spoke to from Florence Campus that would not say his name. 
After multiple requests for a statement to be made to the public, the church refuses to do so, so thank you for doing so yourself. I hope many people read your post.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Marketing a Murder: Perry Noble and Davey Blackburn

On November 10, 2015, Amanda Blackburn was beaten and gunned down in her home. She was shot 3 times execution style, including a shot to the back of her head. She was pronounced dead 2 days later. Amanda was the wife of Resonate Church pastor Davey Blackburn. Her toddler son Weston who was home at the time of the shooting was uninjured. Amanda was about 12 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder.

Three men have been arrested and charged in Amanda's murder. They are awaiting trial.

WTHR Amanda Blackburn murder investigation summary

When this case caught my attention last year, I was quickly alarmed at the inappropriate behavior of Davey Blackburn in his church messages. Most disturbing was his sermon two days prior to Amanda's murder in which he waved a gun around on stage and repeatedly acted out shooting a man in the back at Resonate Church, which meets in a middle school in Indianapolis. Did Davey violate the school district's policy against using weapons on school property?

The sexual content of Davey's messages also raised concerns, particularly the demeaning way he spoke of his sex life with his wife Amanda. He also displays in his messages a disrespectful and demeaning attitude towards women. In one message, Davey discusses his sexual temptations at the gym and chastises the women there whom he says do not look like they are there to work out but to be worked out.

Five months after his wife's murder, Davey will be back on the mega stage speaking at his mentor Perry Noble's Newspring Church this Sunday, April 24 with a live stream to Resonate. Davey, Resonate Church, Perry Noble and Newspring Church are spreading the word on social media about Davey's appearance, complete with a video. Davey, who appeared giddy even during his media tour the week of her death, seems ecstatic. He will tell how he's doing. He even had a photo shoot done to market his message.

 Amanda's murder trial has yet to take place, so there has not yet been justice done for her and her unborn baby. It's now about Davey. It's "his story." What about Amanda, and what about Weston, who is forever without his mommy? What about the precious baby she was carrying? Is justice for Amanda still a "conundrum" for Davey?

Davey Blackburn statement November 11, 2015 (one day after Amanda was shot, full statement here, archived here):

I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that He takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come.
-Davey Blackburn

Since Davey will be speaking about how he's doing, let's take a peek at some of his Resonate Church's recent sermon series:

Davey Blackburn has been marketing his wife's murder from the beginning. In the few days after she was murdered, even before the suspects were caught, Davey had his cousin make t-shirts (archived here just in case) to sell at her funeral. Resonate Church announced that all profits went to Davey.
This past week, tragedy struck my family. My cousin's beautiful wife was killed through an act of senseless violence. As I made the long drive to Indianapolis, I could not help but to be angry about the situation. How could such an amazing young mother be taking from us so early. I felt sorrow for my cousin. However, when I arrived at my grandparents house I was met by an unbelievable force. Hope. My cousin, Davey Blackburn, was a rock of hope and inspiration of joy. Everyone would have understood if he was angry or depressed during this dark time, but he wasn't. When I arrived he immediately gave me a huge hug and asked how I was. His focus was not driven by anger but by complete, life-giving hope. He asked if there was any way that I could make some shirts that his wife, Amanda, had designed for their church in time for her celebration service.

On Novermber 13, 2015, 3 days after Amanda was shot, and 1 day after she was pronounced dead, someone at Newspring Church registered the domain Nothing is Wasted for Davey and Resonate Church.

Davey tweeted #nothingiswasted during Amanda's funeral:

Davey's 911 call has yet to be released. In a blog post last week, Davey said he called 911 "as soon as I could."

Statement Analysis- Amanda Blackburn Murder: "Listening" to the Victim's Husband


Statement Analysis: Blackburn on Fox News: "I had no idea"

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mohler and Mahaney: laughing at child sex abuse victims Together for the Gospel 2016

UPDATE: The Daily Beast covered this story and linked to my post.

They laughed about child sex abuse yesterday at T4G2016:

SNAP, an advocacy and support group formed in response to the pedophile priest scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, previously called on the other three conference founders to disinvite Mahaney. Allegations were made against Mahaney, former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., and other leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries in a 2012 lawsuit dismissed on a legal technicality.
One of the protestors, Pam Palmer of Hagerstown, Md., told local media that after her 3-year-old daughter was abused by a teenage boy who was eventually convicted, a pastor serving under Mahaney told her family not to call the police.
In introducing Mahaney at the conference, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, praised his friend as a model of Christian endurance.
With renewed attention to the civil case in recent articles by The Washingtonian and Time Magazine and a second arrest of a Covenant Life Church member for sexual abuse, some even within the Calvinist camp said it would be the prudent thing for him to again avoid attending.
Mark Ammerman, pastor at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster, Pa., appealed to planners in a message made public by The Wartburg Watch that “no matter how you may feel about him personally” Mahaney is “in the middle of one of the largest ongoing sex abuse scandals in evangelical history.
 Mohler referred obliquely to the pushback in his introduction of Mahaney, getting laughs with the line: “I told C.J. that in getting ready to introduce him I decided I would Google to see if there was anything on the Internet about him.”
Albert Mohler is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a council member for The Gospel Coalition.

 WDRB 41 Louisville News

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is protesting at a major religious conference because a pastor who has allegedly concealed child sex crimes by at least 15 accused offenders will speak, along with other ministers in his controversial, Louisville-based denomination.
Rev. C. J. Mahaney is the former head of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), now known as Sovereign Grace Churches (SGC). It has roughly 70 churches across the US (mainly in eastern states) and in Australia, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Germany and Mexico.
He is a plenary presenter at the biennial international Together for the Gospel (T4G16) conference which is expected to draw 8,000 participants to Louisville on April 12-14.http://t4g.org/http://t4g.org/speakers/
But in October, Mahaney was accused in civil lawsuits of ignoring and hiding known and suspected child sexual abuse by church staff and members while he led SGM and Covenant Life Church in Maryland. And last month, SNAP leaders urged conference organizers to rescind their invitation to Mahaney, but they ignored SNAP’s request.
Even before that, alleged victims of SGC/SGM predators and their family members and other concerned individuals privately and individually conveyed to T4G conference organizers and scheduled speakers their strong objections to Mahaney and SGM officials having any role at the event.
“Every time an accused or admitted complicit church official is honored, it discourages victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from exposing predators, warning parents and protecting kids,” said Pam Palmer of Hagerstown, a former SGM member whose daughter was sexually abused in 1993 by a teenager. “Giving corrupt men like Mahaney praise and visibility adds to the already strong sense of powerlessness that many who saw, suspected and suffered clergy sex crimes feel. It decreases the chances they'll find the courage and hope needed to speak up about horrific wrongs. So it basically sanctions the concealing of sexual assaults against children.”
“Common sense and common decency would lead T4G officials to say ‘Look C. J., we’re just going to wait until this litigation is resolved before holding you out as a moral figure,’” Palmer emphasized. “That would show compassion and prudence. But instead, these ministers all want to act as if these serious and pending charges don’t exist.”
A prominent Louisville clergyman, Al Mohler, who heads the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, co-founded T4G.
“It’s reckless and callous when clergymen give prominent positions to colleagues who face charges of concealing child sex crimes,” said SNAP director David Clohessy. “It actually makes churches more dangerous. It discourages other church members and staff who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes from speaking up. It emboldens those w
Besides Mahaney, several current SGC/SGM officials will be speaking at breakout sessions at the conference. SNAP wanted them disinvited too.
For more than 30 years, Mahaney led both Covenant Life Church (CLC) in Gaithersburg, Maryland and SGM (now Sovereign Grace Churches). Multiple news sources have reported that he was forced to take a leave of absence as President of SGM in July, 2011 – in part, because of allegations of blackmail and abuses of power.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thabiti Anyabwile and C.J. Mahaney: A Twitter Tale of Willful Blindness

Leaders inhabit a bubble of power, and they are both mentally and physically cut off from the reality most people would recognize. Reality is the obligation to tell the truth, “the reality most people would recognize” is the imperative, if they witness improper or unlawful behaviour, to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
But just because willful blindness is endemic doesn’t mean it’s irresistible. Roy Spence, a Texan advertising executive, refused to work with Enron even as the rest of the world beat a path to its door. How did he see what others missed? He thought a lifetime of seeing through the eyes of the powerless gave him different perspectives. “My sister had cystic fibrosis and I used to push her wheelchair to school every morning. I could see people pitying us, oblivious to the richness of our relationship. It made me ask, then as now: If they’re missing so much about us, what I am missing about them?” That internal dialogue is what Hannah Arendt called thinking.
 SNAP: Member of controversial church charged with abuse
A member of a controversial church has been arrested for child sex crimes committed over nearly 11 years when he worked in “children’s ministry.” We hope kids at the church weren’t hurt. And we fear that other church members or staff knew of or suspected the abuse but kept silent. Why? Because that’s the pattern in this troubled denomination. 
Last week, Larry Ellis Caffery of Damascus Maryland was charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse and false imprisonment in Montgomery County, Maryland. He belongs to Covenant Life Church (CLC) in Gaithersburg. CLC is part of a denomination once called Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM). Since 2012, it has faced a series of lawsuits charging a conspiracy to commit and conceal child sex crimes by church staff and members. The cases have drawn national attention:
Caffery joined CLC in 1996, was a member at least until 2010, may still belong to the church, and “takes part in the children’s ministry program” there, according to his autobiography.
In a book that was reportedly edited, in part, by a CLC pastor, Caffery wrote about his fear of sexually abusing any daughters he might have. This comes from Brent Detwiler, a former CLC co-founder and 25 year SGM board member. (He left SGM “as a matter of conscience” in 2009 and has “spent ten years trying to bring about internal reform of an ethical nature.”)
The abuse charges against Caffery cover a period from February 2004 until December 2014. At least some of this time, he worked at CLC. That’s one reason we fear that Caffery may have hurt kids in the congregation.
Often, law enforcement focuses just on those who commit child sex crimes. But it’s crucial that they also address those who conceal child sex crimes, especially in churches with troubling track records of ignoring or hiding – and thus enabling – more child sex crimes. That’s the case here. So we strongly urge police and prosecutors to dig deep and search for evidence that current or former staff or members at CLC knew about or suspected Caffery’s crimes but refused to call 911.
No matter what happens with these charges against Caffery, we strongly urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups at in SGM churches – especially at Covenant Life Church – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling journalists, get justice by calling attorneys, and get comfort by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted and cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
NOTE – SGM has changed its name and is now called Sovereign Grace Churches (SGC).
Read the charges against Caffery here.

Brent Detwiler writes:
The continuing course of conduct refers to the fact that these incidences were ongoing.  They occurred over an 11-year period of time.  That is, from February 24, 2004 to December 31, 2014 according to the charging document.  In other words, they began when Larry was a worker in the CLC children’s ministry and continued past the time he republished his book on April 13, 2010 and cited his membership in CLC on the back cover.    
These abuses and false imprisonment happened when C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris were consecutively the senior pastors and Kenneth Maresco was the executive pastor.  P.J. Symth is now the lead pastor and Mark Mitchell is the executive pastor.  These men have some important questions to answer.

Brent Detwiler shared with me two emails that he has sent to Thabiti Anyabwile regarding C.J. Mahaney:
From: Brent Detwiler 
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:47 PM
To: Thabitti Anyabwile
Subject: Preaching and Commending C.J. at SGCL
Importance: High

Hi Thabitti,

I’ve never had the opportunity to meet you but felt the need to drop you this short note as a matter of conscience regarding your plans to preach at C.J.’s church tomorrow.  I assume you will take the occasion to support and commend C.J. like other noted leaders before you.  If so, you are making a grave mistake.  I appeal to you in the sight of Christ, please don’t proceed to honor C.J.  Let me explain.

C.J. was once a dear friend.  I knew him as well as anyone.  We began SGM in 1982.  Larry Tomczak led it until 1991 when C.J assumed that role.  From 1991 to 2007, I was the person primarily responsible for the care of C.J.’s soul in SGM.  In 2007, I resigned from the Board of Directors after 25 years of service because I could no longer support C.J.  His character had eroded so badly, I could not trust him and I no longer respected him. 

For many years, I did all in my power to care for his soul but it came to nothing.  Other leaders also tried to help him grow in Christian character.  The vast majority of them have left SGM and no longer relate to C.J.  Those that stayed with C.J. compromised their integrity.  Two of them, John Loftness and Gary Ricucci, allegedly conspired to commit and cover up sex crimes as detailed in the extensive lawsuit against SGM. 

You will see Gary in the morning when you preach.  He is C.J.’s brother in law, a pastor at SGCL, and the Director of Student Care in the Pastors College.  Of course, C.J., John and Gary have denied all wrong doing.  In so doing, they have made the victims and witnesses out to be the most vile liars imaginable.  Yet, the facts show C.J. failed to report known and suspected sex abusers to law enforcement for over 30 years and he counseled others to do the same.  As a result, scores of children and youth were sexually abused and exploited in SGM.  Do you understand what is going on here?  C.J., John and Gary are lying when the say the victims of sexual abuse in SGM are liars.  And do you intend to promote these men and their ministry? 

Thabitti, if you commend C.J. you are enabling C.J. in the worst possible way.  He needs to be publicly rebuked not empowered.  I find absolutely no pleasure in saying that C.J. has a long and proven record of lying, hypocrisy and abusive leadership.  These are the plain facts.  I say so without malice.  I know well the C.J. you are impressed with and attracted to; but that is not C.J. at the core of his being.  Leaders like yourself have been drawn to his personality, gifting and doctrine.  I understand the attraction.  What I don’t understand is your disregard of the evidence against C.J.  This failure to study the evidence is grossly irresponsible.  As a result, men like yourself have been deceived by his pretentions of character and accepted his demonizing of men like me.  You treat C.J. with partiality and favoritism when you neglect to closely examine the evidence using the rules of evidence.  It is a deplorable state and ever so grievous to our Lord Jesus Christ.    

If you are interested in the evidentiary facts, I am glad to meet with you and other leaders from Together for the Gospel and The Gospel Coalition.  I am happy for C.J. to be present.  In fact, I want him to be present so he can offer a defense and I can cross examine him.  If you’ve read my documents, you know C.J. and SGM repeatedly promised this kind of objective hearing.  In the end, they broke every promise and created a process that was thoroughly corrupt.  Every aspect of due process promised me was deceptively and intentionally violated.  That is a matter of fact statement, not a bitter statement.  As a result, C.J. was never held accountable which means he never received the help he needed.

I care deeply about C.J.  My appeal to you is born out of love for my brother and concern for Christ’s church.  Evangelical and Reformed leaders who commend C.J. as a qualified minister are doing him and the Body of Christ a great disservice.  The leaders of T4G and TGC should have been calling C.J. to account the last 2½ years.  Instead they justified C.J. at every turn without any judicial inquiry or hearing of evidence.  Rather than pursuing the truth, they accepted as true the talking points provided them by C.J. and SGM.  Those talking points amounted to gossip.  That is, the whisperings of false information behind closed doors where it could not be known or challenged.  This gossip was accepted like false prophesy that goes unjudged by Scripture.

It is my fervent prayer that God will raise up national leaders that will not be duped or intimidated by SGM and their enablers.  C.J. has never been held accountable in any real sense.  The evidence against him from the past 30 years has never been heard or justly tried.  That includes the conspiracy to commit and cover up sex abuse in SGM.  Law enforcement may not secure the kind of evidence needed to convict in a court of law but that does not absolve C.J., John, Gary, et al. of crimes and heinous transgressions.  The evidence against these men should be presented to leaders of T4G and TGC since SGM is a notable evangelical organization with a history of increasing abuse and corruption.  I am prepared to engage you in such a process.  I sincerely hope you will not reject this offer and thereby continue to justify a man and ministry that is guilty of great iniquities.   

To date, the leaders of T4G and TGC have claimed C.J.’s innocence and protested his guilt.  They have done so without ever evaluating the evidence against him.  Please don’t follow their example as you address C.J. and the church in the morning.  Thabitti, I hope you will be different.  I am dead serious about my offer to meet with you, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, John Piper, Don Carson, Justin Taylor and Kevin DeYoung.  You men have not heard the truth!  I’d be ever so grateful if you called me at 704-935-9487 to discuss the contents of this appeal.    

God’s grace to you in discerning the truth and taking a stand for righteousness sake!

and most recently:
From: Brent Detwiler 
Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 5:52 PM
To: Danny Akin Thabiti Anyabwile Voddie Baucham  Alistair Begg  Mike Bullmore Robert C. (Ric) Cannada Jr. Bryan Chapell  Mark Dever Kevin DeYoung Ligon Duncan Tim Keller  Albert Mohler Russell D. Moore Ray Ortlund Richard D. Phillips John Piper Phillip G. Ryken Sam Storms Sandy Wilson  John Yates 
Subject: Washingtonian Magazine and TIME Magazine Articles on Mahaney & Sexual Abuse of Children

Below you will find links to articles recently done by Washingtonian magazine and TIME magazine about C.J. Mahaney and the sexual abuse of children in Sovereign Grace Ministries.  I’ve also supplied links to two posts I wrote afterward in order to provide compelling evidence not contained in the articles.  This remains a very serious matter. 

Washingtonian magazine (online edition):
The Sex Scandal That Devastated a Suburban Megachurch
Inside the rise and fall of Sovereign Grace Ministries
By Tiffany Stanley on February 14, 2016

TIME magazine (online article):
Inside the Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries
How one reporter investigated child sex abuse at a major evangelical church
By Elizabeth Dias on February 16, 2016

Long Story by Washingtonian Magazine about C.J. Mahaney, Covenant Life Church, & Sovereign Grace Ministries Hits Newsstands Tomorrow
Detailed evidence and analysis documenting the conspiracy to cover up child sex abuse.
By Brent Detwiler on January 20, 2016
C. J. Mahaney, now senior pastor of the Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, is scheduled to speak at the Together for the Gospel Conference April 12-14 in Louisville, KY.

C.J. Mahaney

Talk Title: Sustained in Suffering by the Saga of Job
C.J. Mahaney serves as the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He is the author of several books, including Living the Cross Centered Life, Humility: True Greatness, Don’t Waste Your Sports, and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. They reside in Louisville, Kentucky but C.J. cheers for his hometown teams the Washington Redskins, Nationals, Wizards and University of Maryland basketball.