What would it take?

December 4, 2007 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

Judging from the “comments” section of this post, there appears to be quite a lot of interest in some aspects of earlier SGM history.  The biggest question apparently is, “What happened with Larry T?”

I guess approximately ten years ago, two original TAG/Gathering of Believers/PDI/SGM founders – Mr. T and C.J. Mahaney – parted ways.  The key people involved have apparently chosen to release very little official information about this parting of ways.  Unfortunately, this lack of openness – although probably motivated by good intentions – has led to speculation, some of which has been copied and re-posted at this site.

As interesting as some of this information is, I’m more than a little uncomfortable with the level of speculation involved in the theories of what might have transpired between the two men.  The reality is, unless one or the other – or better yet, BOTH – of them speaks out publicly, there’s really no way of knowing what happened.

And yet…as uncomfortable as I am with the speculation, and as much as I wonder if it could be considered “gossip,” I’m not going to delete these posts.  At least, not yet.

Instead, I’m going to ask a couple of questions of the people interested in this old church history: 

  1. Why do you want to know what happened?
  2. What would it take to satisfy your curiosity?

I think answers to these two questions would be highly instructive.  If people want to know simply because they have a busy-body streak, then the speculation is probably “gossip.”  If people won’t be satisfied until every bitter detail (if there ARE bitter details) is revealed, then the story genuinely IS nobody’s business.

But, if people would be satisfied with a simple official recognition from current SGM leadership that T indeed was a key player in the early days…if people just want the split to be acknowledged…if people just want to know that the parties involved are still pursuing reconciliation, or better yet, that God has already brought healing and there are no hard feelings on either side, just perhaps insignificant differences of opinion…then maybe all of the speculation is NOT gossip.

Maybe, instead of being gossip, it’s a sign that leadership needs to be more open about some stuff.

So if you’re out there, and you care about this question, post a comment.  If you really don’t care, let me know, and if I hear from enough of you, I’ll clean up the speculation.

Because, as I’ve said before, this site has no ax to grind and is NOT about gossip.

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