February 7, 2008 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

I get a lot of really interesting emails these days.  While some take me to task for my character deficiencies – such as not exhibiting sufficient reverence for all things CJ Mahaney – most are encouraging in nature.  Many are downright heart-rending, containing stories so deeply personal and painful that sometimes I find I have to go in the other room, blow my nose, and compose myself before responding.

Still others are suggestions for discussion topics.  One such email arrived the other day and said, in part:

I was wondering if a new thread could be started that could focus on reconciliation.  I would be interested in hearing about if others were given or asked for the opportunity for mediation or arbitration.  If so, what happened?  I would love to discuss what reconciliation would look like to individuals who have been hurt.  It is worth questioning what the value of reconciliation is and if it is worth the effort and pain of once again digging up old wrongs.  I read a few dispersed comments about the other highly regarded teachers that are associated with Sovereign Grace, such as Ken Sande, John Piper, Al Moler, Wayne Grudem, etc. asking why they are still associated with SG considering the stories contained on your site.  I wonder if it would be possible to discuss the possibility of organizing those who have been wronged by Sovereign Grace in some way to make a united appeal to these teachers to consider the significant issues that are hurting people and help to bring this conflict to some God glorifying resolution.

I’m interested in hearing people’s responses to these questions.  I wonder how many of you would say that you were interested in reconciling with Sovereign Grace Ministries?  Here is a dictionary definition for “reconcile”:

rec·on·cile      [rekuhn-sahyl] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation verb, -ciled, -cil·ing.

–verb (used with object)

1. to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired: He was reconciled to his fate.
2. to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons.
3. to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
4. to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
6. to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.

–verb (used without object)

7. to become reconciled.

Who among you think that it is possible for you to “reconcile” with your Sovereign Grace church?  Do you believe that, Scripturally speaking, reconciliation is something which Christians are called to pursue, no matter the situation or the parties involved?  If so, how could we go about working toward reconciliation?

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