Mohler Attempts to Resuscitate Mahaney’s Conference Career

By | November 8, 2013

“What about churches, Christian institutions, and Christian schools? The Penn State disaster must serve as a warning to us as well, for we bear an even higher moral responsibility.

The moral and legal responsibility of every Christian — and especially every Christian leader and minister — must be to report any suspicion of the abuse of a child to law enforcement authorities. Christians are sometimes reluctant to do this, but this reluctance is both deadly and wrong.”

-Albert Mohler, President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


It would appear that C.J. Mahaney’s generous donations to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (where Al Mohler serves as President) are still paying dividends.  Initially the cash donations appear to have purchased Mahaney the friendship of Al Mohler.  Mohler has steadfastly supported his friend, brushing off charges of blackmail and covering up sexual abuse by stating, “There is nothing in this current situation which would leave me to have even the slightest pause of confidence in him.”


The information below was found in SBTS “Roll Call” Magazine.  It shows Covenant Life Church donated up to $24,999;  Sovereign Grace Ministries donated up to $99,999; and C.J. Mahaney donated $100,000 or more to Southern Seminary.


Now, after Mahaney has been dis-invited from speaking at several conferences,  it appears  Al Mohler is attempting to resuscitate Mahaney’s  dying conference career by appearing at a conference with him.  This of course flies in the face of a resolution passed at the Southern Baptist Convention which states “RESOLVED, That we encourage all denominational leaders and employees of the Southern Baptist Convention to utilize the highest sense of discernment in affiliating with groups and or individuals that possess questionable policies and practices in protecting our children from criminal abuse;”

The main impetus for this resolution was the disturbing ongoing friendship and unmitigated support of C.J. Manhaney by Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Mark Dever.  I have previously posted a video of Mohler heaping rich praise on Mahaney here.  Additionally I have posted a recording of Mark Dever praising C.J. Mahaney in the introduction of a sermon he preached at Mahaney’s church in Louisville, KY here.


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Click here to view the Cornerstone Church web page.

C.J. Mahaney appears to be a big fan of Al Mohler.   Below are links to recommended reading by both men.  You will notice that Mohler’s list came out in June.  Five months later Mahaney’s list came out and many of the books are taken from Mohler’s list!  Mere coincidence?  I doubt it.  Mahaney seems to have perfected flattery as a means of ingratiating himself to the celebrity preachers. I would think that intelligent men such as Mohler would see through the flattering comments, but apparently not.

Al Mohler’s recommended Summer reading list.

C.J. Mahaney’s recommended Christmas reading list.

Below are some tweets I culled off of C.J. Mahaney’s site.  This is merely a representative sampling of the many times Mahaney mentions Mohler.

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[…] the sexual abuse of children.  However, with the aid of Christian celebrity friends such as Al Mohler and Mark Dever, and the short memory of the general public,  it appears Mahaney will be […]

[…] Back to one of the comments above – if these men don’t like being celebrities, then they can easily deflect some of that glory. This is very true, but sadly, so is the next phrase – but they seem to love the attention.  C.J. Mahaney is a prime example of this. I personally feel Mahaney should not even be in the ministry, but O.K., he has fled to Louisville to “plant” a church.  Is Mahaney content to live out his days preaching to his faithful followers who gather every Sunday at the Marriott hotel?  Apparently not.  I have written blog articles about his desperate attempt to re-establish his conference speaking career here and here. […]

[…] In all of this there are two things I wonder about.  First, what would possess a Christian leader, generally a clear thinker, such as Thabiti Anyabwile to publicly endorse a man such as C.J. Mahaney, while showing no concern whatsoever for those victimized under Mahaney’s care?  Is either Al Mohler or Mark Dever, both close friends of C.J. Mahaney, demanding this as a show of loyalty of those who wish to remain part of the Celebrity Conference Circuit? This is just a thought, but both Mohler and Dever remain close friends with Mahaney. That C.J. Mahaney has purchased his way into the good graces of both Mohler and Dever has been well documented by the ladies of The Wartburg Watch blog. You can read their article here. Al Mohler has recently attempted to help revive Mahaney’s conference career by giving him a bit role in his latest leadership conference. […]

[…] Al Mohler attempted to kick start Mahaney’s conference career by offering him a bit part in his leadership conference. It seems the conference was a dismal failure for Mahaney as he overplayed his hand.  His […]

Hugh McCann

This is nauseating.
Conference should be titled, “Committed to Shielding.”

[…] Our friend in Dubai, Todd Wilhelm, has done an excellent job keeping his readers apprised of what is going on in the Mohler-Mahaney universe.  Leading up to the conference, Todd featured this post on his Thou Art The Man website:  Mohler Attempts to Resuscitate Mahaney's Conference Career.  […]

[…] to revive C. J. Mahaney’s floundering conference ministry, shared the speaking venue at a conference on leadership. Below is a four minute excerpt from Mahaney’s message on the subject “The Leader and […]

[…] Once again Mahaney expends himself in sermon preparation for his joint conference with Al Mohler at Cornerstone Church of Knoxville. […]

Thank you for bringing this to light, Todd. It is typical behavior. And this is from the president of SBTS. Gotta run . . . . and tweet.