“Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
Complaints 152-161 of the Sovereign Grace Sexual Abuse Case:
152. As Donna Doe was being subjected to the terror of living with her pedophiliac father, Defendants were also forcing Plaintiff Grace Goe to endure constant physical and sexual abuse from her father, a wealthy man who was and remains a prominent member of the Covenant Life Church.
153. Grace Goe’s father repeatedly beat her on her naked buttocks so harshly that she bled and bruised. Her father would then submerge her into an ice bath to hide the physical manifestations of the beatings.
154. Grace Goe’s father also repeatedly sexually abused her, making her rub his feet, which he then inserted into her vagina. He also molested her on several occasions by rubbing his hands over her breasts, at times outside her clothes and at times against her bare skin under her clothes.
155. Grace Goe’s father engaged in the physical and sexual abuse towards the other children, including the male children, whose penises he repeatedly fondled.
156. Defendants Ricucci and Layman learned of the ongoing abuse no later than in or around 1997, when Grace Goe was 13. At that time, a housekeeper named Mary Burcham reported the ongoing abuse of the Goe children to Defendants Ricucci and Layman, and discovery will show other Defendants. Defendants Ricucci and Layman met with Grace Goe and her older female sibling, who reported the fact of the abuse to the Individual Defendants and sought protection from their abusive father.
157. Rather than report the ongoing abuse to the secular authorities or take any steps to stop the abuse, Defendants informed the father that his children had reported the abuse. This led to further abuse by the father. In exchange for the conspiracy of silence, the abusive father paid to send Defendants Mahaney, Ricucci and Layman and their families on vacation to the Kiawah Islands, South Carolina.
158. On or about September 17, 2008, Plaintiff Grace Goe again reached out the Defendants, seeking assistance in preventing the ongoing abuse of her siblings. Defendants failed to report or take any other steps to stop the ongoing and severe abuse.
159. In May 2010, Plaintiff Grace Goe again sought help from Defendants Layman and Ricucci, as she was concerned that her father was continuing to abuse the children remaining in the house.
160. On May 14, 2010, Defendants conspired to mislead Plaintiff Grace Goe into believing that they would finally assist in ending the abuse. Defendant Grant Layman affirmatively made misrepresentations in writing to Grace Goe, assuring her that “[a]fter the pastors discussed this situation, the bottom line is, we feel a moral obligation to report.”
161. Yet this was a falsehood. Defendant Layman and his co-conspirators again failed to report the abuse, and instead continue to assist the wealthy father in avoiding any consequences for his ongoing abuse of his children.
“A Christian leader, charged with any credible, serious, and direct wrongdoing, would usually be well advised to step down from public ministry. No such accusation of direct wrongdoing was ever made against C. J. Mahaney.” -Joint statement of T4G leaders Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler and Mark Dever in support of C.J. Mahaney
The sentence was factually incorrect. These 3 “leaders” then changed the embarrassing statement, republishing it without any notification of having done so, an ethically questionable maneuver which they were immediately called out on. As of yesterday the amended post has been removed from the T4G website.
“Al, Lig and Mark’s defense of C.J. has already undermined their credibility. There has been a massive cover up and it is only a matter of time before people are arrested and C.J. is exposed. I’d encourage to read my latest post, “The Conspiracy Surrounding Plaintiff Grace Goe at Covenant Life Church.” It lays out the evidence for the cover up by C.J. and others. The same type of evidence exists in the case of other Plaintiffs.” -Brent Detwiler
“A man’s ministry of the word can be compromised and even ruined by the way he relates to his elders and other church leaders, by the way he articulates vision and by the manner in which he moves the church forward.
Personally, I don’t think leadership can be taught (I think you either have it or you don’t), but I also think that treating people with courtesy, honesty, deference, and humility; that leading by persuasion and not force of will; that being willing to lose a session vote graciously and to not always get one’s way; that cultivating strong, healthy, Gospel relationships with church leaders and fellow workers; and that establishing a work ethic that garners the respect of one’s peers, are all part of a kind of leadership that bodes well for healthy congregational life and ministry.” -Ligon Duncan
“And in fact your own pastor was the object of gossip yesterday at this event that I was at, the wedding of Al Mohler’s daughter. There were three Christian leaders standing there, I overheard them talking about C.J. and I stepped up and listened; and all three of them know him and all of them were bragging on him and his integrity in a number of ways, one of which is the way he’s begun in leading this church plant. So you all who are here in this church, and particularly if you’re visiting or you’re sort of new to Sovereign Grace, you have the privilege of having this man as your pastor that you don’t fully grasp; and that’s absolutely fine. Just thank God for him and enjoy the Word of God as he brings it from a life and a heart full of the gospel. Know that I am delighted to be here. It is a privilege to address you brothers and sisters.” -Mark Dever’s opening comments at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, 2 June 2013
“When a leader walks into a room, a passion for truth had better enter with him.” -Albert Mohler, “The Conviction To Lead”