July 3, 2013

C J Mahaney drops out of Together For the Gospel (still no real humility displayed)

Another chance to make himself look self effacing on behalf of his friends.  It's too bad those deluded friends didn't have the wherewithal to disinvite him long before this.  Yes, I'm still angry.  Glad you noticed.
Citing a desire to keep his peers from any "unfair and unwarranted criticism"
The criticism they have received is warranted and fair, and still is, because they didn't give him the boot themselves.
"Though dismissed in May (and now on appeal), the lawsuit could prove a distraction from the purpose of this important conference. "
Do you maybe think, Charlie, that sexual abuse occurring in your church and punishing people for going to the police and not trusting/being fearful of the abuser might have been a distraction from the all-important gospel/mission/message of the church? Just maybe?

Also, Charlie, just a suggestion: You should PROBABLY stop misrepresenting it as though the case has been dismissed.  It has not.  It was certainly not dismissed for lack of evidence.  Statute of limitations has been a problem for a few of the cases, but not all.  It is very truly still ongoing, but CJ continues to LIE and say it has been dismissed. Man of integrity? Hardly.  Lying and Clinton-like spin and obfuscation is not becoming of a Christian pastor.
My withdrawal is not intended to communicate anything about the merits of the suit.
No, you and your friends have already done that, plenty.  By saying this in this context you are actually saying "I still don't think the case has merit so don't take my withdrawal that way! I'm pretending to remain neutral here!"  Every criminal in the penitentiary still thinks they are a pretty good person too.  Surprise surprise.

Sorry if I sound a tad cynical.  Covering up child sex abuse of children and punishing the fearful victims' families in the name of Jesus doesn't exactly make me want to jump for joy I guess.  I guess I'm  a little weird that way.

[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  I Cor 13:6

Also, if you haven't taken a look at the excellent document Boz Tchividjian tweeted about the other day,  please do. Every church should have this resolution and make it very clear:

Resolution on Child Sexual Abuse in the church by Boz Tchividjian

In addition, there are some excellent comments on this thread, along with some lame ones shaming the defenders of the victims, but I thought I'd point this one out made by a person called "Katie"
JULY 2, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

This reminds me of the story of the child who refused to sit down till his parents creatively made him. The child said, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside.”

CJ Mahaney may not be speaking at the conference on the outside, but he still is on the inside.

Outward obedience is good to a point:

1. It’s better than not doing it.
2. It can be a teaching tool if received/understood later.
3. Actions are sometimes followed by heart change.
4. It can protect/help others, even w/o a heart change.

Heart attitudes are apparently very important to Jesus. (If we hate in our hearts we commit murder.)

We all desire for CJ Mahaney to grasp how his alleged actions/inactions have damaged, destroyed, and created an unnecessary tragedy for many people. We want him to truly understand it, repent of it, and show his repentance with actions and attitude. We grieve that a leader appears to be so blind, so self/position/power/money focused. We won’t be fully satisfied till we see a radical transformation through repentance and a life that backs it up. This should be obvious to following this story.

Since he’s not responded well to the years of pressure applied to him, and only now is forced to not speak at a conference, then I’m not holding out hope for change. Now, I’m somewhat satisfied with the fact that he’s being forced to begin stepping down. With each forced move to remove him from leadership, spiritual shepherding of any sort, and any position of influence, I will be even more satisfied.