Al Mohler, Anger, And An Observation

July 12, 2011 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

Apparently, Al Mohler is OK with the recent revelations about C.J. Mahaney’s leadership of Sovereign Grace Ministries.  You can read an article summarizing his response here.

From the above-linked article comes this:

“There is nothing disqualifying in terms of anything that is disclosed in this,” said Mohler, who regularly speaks on programs along with Mahaney. “It’s just evidence we knew all along, that C.J. is human but a deeply committed Christian and a visionary Christian leader.”

I am surprised and saddened by Al Mohler’s seeming nonchalance.  Either Mr. Mohler didn’t read all of Brent Detwiler’s documents as closely as he claims, or else he must not be terribly alarmed by the idea that the head of a “family of churches” could engage in what would qualify as blackmail…and for years sidestep serious accountability for himself while demanding that other men in his organization be “de-gifted” for lesser failings.

Go figure.

Of course, Dee and Deb over at The Wartburg Watch posted the following, way back in May 2009:

How did C.J. Mahaney become so popular among reformed Christians? As far as we can determine, C.J.’s secret to success is that he has friends in high places. We believe his recognition among the “Reformed Big Dogs” began when he befriended Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, in Washington, D.C. (a church not far from Gaithersburg where CLC is located). C.J. interviewed Mark Dever for IX Marks (a Mark Dever ministry) last year, and they established during that recorded conversation that they have known each other for 10 years.

Mark Dever is directly connected with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) where he currently serves as a trustee. We believe Mark introduced C.J. to Al Mohler early in the Mahaney/Dever friendship because we have discovered that C.J. began making contributions to Southern Seminary in 2002 at the Leaders Associate level (annual gifts of $5,000 to $9,999). Both C.J. and CLC gave at the Leaders Associate level in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, C.J. gave at the Distinguished Associate level (annual gifts over $10,000), while CLC gave at the Leaders Associate level in 2004, 2005, and 2006. It appears the church did not make a contribution in 2007. We have not yet seen the 2008 giving levels, which should be featured in the Spring 2009 SBTS publication. All of this information can be obtained from the SBTS Roll Call by following this link:

http://www.sbts.edu/media/publications/magazine/2003Spring.pdf

(change the year accordingly). The information is stored in a PDF file, so allow a few seconds for it to be retrieved.

In addition to the annual gift levels, the SBTS Roll Call includes the “Lifetime Cumulative Gift Levels”. On the 2005 Roll Call, C.J. Mahaney was listed as a “Patron Member” (cumulative gifts of $25,000 to $49,999). Check out page 45 at this link:

http://www.sbts.edu/media/publications/magazine/2006Spring.pdf

Incredibly, on the 2006 Roll Call, Mahaney has risen to the level of “President’s Council” (cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more). Check out page 43 at this link: 


http://www.sbts.edu/media/publications/magazine/2007Spring.pdf

Until the cumulative gift levels for the SBTS Roll Call are increased beyond the $100,000 mark, C.J. Mahaney will always be listed under “President’s Council”.

That’s quite commendable to go from being a Patron Member to a member of the President’s Council in JUST ONE YEAR! C.J. Mahaney gave A MIMIMUM OF $50,001.00 in 2006 to accomplish that feat.

You can access the entire series of articles here.

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In other developments, Guy and I have been noticing an uptick in anger, both in the comments left on this site as well as in some of the email we’ve been receiving.  What’s interesting to us is that at least some people seem to be more angry, more upset, with the idea that this site exists and that people are permitted to speak freely and say what’s on their minds than they are over the contents of Mr. Detwiler’s documents.

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Which brings me to an observation.

It appears that Josh Harris has recently begun permitting free speech on his blog.  While Mr. Harris has always differed from other Sovereign Grace celebrity bloggers in that he did have an option for people to leave comments, he (or whoever moderates his site) has been known to delete unfavorable-to-SGM responses.  Now, though, his most recent post is host to a variety of reader reactions.

Josh Harris is to be commended for this change.

But here’s my observation.

To those of you within Sovereign Grace Ministries who find yourselves filled with anger over the idea that “the blogs” have existed and provide a forum for people to say what’s truly on their minds, it occurred to me this morning, as I considered the new glasnost at Mr. Harris’ blog, that the reason SGM Survivors and SGM Refuge ever gained a readership in the first place is because Sovereign Grace Ministries’ own leaders did not provide an option for honest and uncensored feedback.

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