Apologies And Some Tweaking? Or A Complete Overhaul?

February 6, 2009 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

As this blog’s moderator – as someone who’s had an interesting “cheap seat” view of Sovereign Grace Ministries for over a year – it hit me one day recently that people who read and post here (and over at sgmrefuge) generally fall into two groups.

The first group would be comprised of folks who have found themselves saddened and disillusioned by the way things are done within SGM…but who believe that apologies and repentance from key leaders and some changes in church polity would go a long way toward fixing the “family of churches.”

The second group would also be comprised of folks who have found themselves saddened and disillusioned by the way things are done within SGM…but these folks take their disillusionment a step further and believe that SGM is so broken and built on so many false premises and errant practices that if it were to be corrected in all the necessary ways, it wouldn’t in the slightest resemble the SGM that people know today.

So you have two groups, one that believes apologies and some simple changes would solve everything, and another that thinks SGM is an aberrant group bordering on “cultic,” preaching and practicing a distorted Gospel.  Ever-so-slightly distorted, perhaps, but distorted nonetheless.

I was thinking about this interesting dichotomy yesterday because I received a rather angry email demanding to know what it would take for us to “shut down that blog.”  The author of the email was particularly incensed over my lack of desire to communicate on the phone with Ken Sande from Peacemaker Ministries.  “Obviously nothing would be enough for you,” the person intoned.  “Even if CJ and all the pastors got on their knees and begged forgiveness, you would still find a way to continue in your bitterness and gossip.”

Despite the email author’s typical misuse of the accusations of “bitterness” and “gossip,” I got to thinking about what he’d written.  Was he right?  In the event that Sovereign Grace Ministries WERE to issue some sort of apology and seek to make things right with the people they’ve hurt, would there still be a need for a site like this one?

Are hurt people SGM’s biggest problem?  Or are they merely one symptom of much larger issues?

What do you think?

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