May 30, 2013

MD- Prominent ministers back accused wrongdoer (SGM scandal)

MD- Prominent ministers back accused wrongdoer (SGM scandal)
Boz Tchividjian of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) is right to question why these ministers over look the fact that “Mahaney was actually the Senior Pastor at one of these churches where all of this horrific abuse allegedly occurred AND that [he] discouraged these families from bringing this matter to the God ordained civil authorities.”
What a good old boys network.  Bravo for Boz.  I hope Tullian will say something too.  Too many boys playing church and remaining silent on these things.  Tells me they're all into the "circle the wagons", "pastors can do no wrong" mentality.  I've seen pastors wronged and I've seen parishioners wronged. It happens both ways.  But the pastors are the ones that have the position of authority so that when they do wrong to one or two or a small minority, they can just ride on a wave of good will from the others whose egos they've properly stroked.  And if you're a parishioner who does something wrong, all you have to do is stroke that pastor's ego to get yourself covered.  It's shameful and grievous and the sheep should not be so deceived to think they need to put up with this.

Wade Burleson has written a longer piece on what Boz has said, introducing us to GRACE "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment" - a ministry for which Tchividjian sits on the board of directors.

and here is a longer piece Boz wrote, expressing his anger over the silence, anger that many of us have expressed and been slapped down for, by many of the silent ones, especially.
Where Are The Voices? The Continued Culture of Silence and Protection in American Evangelicalism by Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian
I think it is fair to mention at this point that besides being one of the founders of SGM, CJ Mahaney was the senior pastor at one of these two churches during the period of this horrific abuse.  CJ Mahaney is a founding member of an organization called “Together for the Gospel” (T4G) and close friends with the other founding members who are evangelical leaders.  Let me be very clear, I have never met CJ Mahaney and have not at all followed the internal “issues” that have been written about concerning SGM.  I have absolutely no personal animus against Mr. Mahaney or anyone else related to SGM.  I am simply expressing grave concerns regarding the manner in which some in the Christian community have handled this very dark matter.
After reading this complaint and doing a little bit of additional research, I searched online hoping to find statements by Christian “leaders” speaking out about this case or at the very least expressing grave concerns regarding the very disturbing facts alleged in the lawsuit.  I was never looking for, or wanting, anyone to throw CJ Mahaney under the proverbial bus.  I was simply hoping to hear statements that expressed horrors about child sexual abuse and with institutions that are not transparent about such offenses.  Initially, all I found was silence from these leaders.
Where are the voices, Boz asks?  Well here's one!  Good old Frank Turk, showing the true colors as established by Phil Johnson at Team Pyro, yet again:

Jo over at The Reformed Traveler has posted some good articles on The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse