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
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:
and most recently:From: Brent DetwilerSent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:47 PMTo: Thabitti AnyabwileSubject: Preaching and Commending C.J. at SGCLImportance: HighHi 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!Brent
From: Brent DetwilerSent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 5:52 PMTo: 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
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.Subject: Washingtonian Magazine and TIME Magazine Articles on Mahaney & Sexual Abuse of ChildrenBelow 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 MegachurchInside the rise and fall of Sovereign Grace MinistriesBy Tiffany Stanley on February 14, 2016http://www.washingtonian.com/2016/02/14/the-sex-scandal-that-devastated-a-suburban-megachurch-sovereign-grace-ministries/TIME magazine (online article):Inside the Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse at Sovereign Grace MinistriesHow one reporter investigated child sex abuse at a major evangelical churchBy Elizabeth Dias on February 16, 2016Long Story by Washingtonian Magazine about C.J. Mahaney, Covenant Life Church, & Sovereign Grace Ministries Hits Newsstands TomorrowDetailed evidence and analysis documenting the conspiracy to cover up child sex abuse.By Brent Detwiler on January 20, 2016
C.J. MahaneyTalk Title: Sustained in Suffering by the Saga of JobC.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.