C.J. Mahaney Desperately Attempting To Recapture Celebrity Status

By | March 6, 2014


It looks as if C.J. Mahaney may being attempting to revive his flailing conference speaking career by hitching his wagon to a different horse.  Many of his recent efforts at re-inserting himself into the conference scene have been unsuccessful.  T4G dumped him from their venue.  He was originally slated to speak at Piper’s mission conference over Christmas break, but negative feedback caused him to be bumped from that venue.  Then he was supposed to speak at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary but that institution was also forced to un-invite him.  He has been able to speak at a few small conferences held at SGM churches, but these churches are probably filled with devotees who already own all his books.  It is hard to keep the cash flowing into the coffers if you can’t regularly speak at large venues as one of the marquee celebs.

Curious to me is the fact that Mahaney has been able to secure a speaking slot amongst this group of Anchors. (What is that saying about throwing a drowning man an anchor?) Most of them appear to come from MacArthur’s camp and I am sure you have all read about the Strange Fire conference held a few months back at MacArthur’s church. If not, let’s just say MacArthur didn’t endear himself to any from the Charismatic crowd.  Mahaney’s SGM churches used to be known for being both Charismatic and Calvinistic, but in recent times Mahaney seems to be moving away from his Charismatic roots.  (Or perhaps the Holy Spirit has been moving away from him.)  I have not heard of any of these other speakers; perhaps those who have heard of them run with different crowds and these crowds may not be familiar with the blackmailing, sexual abuse cover-up man known as C.J.  I guess one of the additional benefits of speaking to a new crowd is Mahaney doesn’t have to go to all the bother of preparing a new sermon.  Just pull out one of his 4 or 5 canned sermons he can deliver from memory!  Well, I better run along,  it’s time to write the conference organizer an informative letter!
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One option people have to do it is to write the people putting on this conference and ask them why they are having C.J. Mahaney speak.

I do wonder where “Weary of Slander” seems to think all people have are allegations about C.J. Mahaney. Though Mahaney liked to use the word “coerce” he admitted to blackmailing Larry Tomczak. Mahaney has also caused a church split with 25 churches leaving SGM.

Weary of Slander

You are ridiculous! This post is shameful. I don’t know how you can sleep at night knowing you post such uncharitable things as this. You’d better hope you never get accused of anything – you’ll experience what it means to be “guilty until proven innocent” as you are doing here.

Wow, it sounds as if Bob Kauflin has taken time off from writing worship songs of C.J. Mahaney to address me
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ayGCk2V_mY ). I am grateful and humbled!

I would suggest you move along Bob. You are wasting your time attempting to shame me into silence. It may work in your Care Life Groups, but I walked away from Sovereign Grace Churches 7 or 8 years ago.

As for sleeping at night, I have no problems there. How about you? Does blind loyalty to those who cover-up sexual abuse in their church, thus enabling the abusers to victimize many more innocent children weigh on your conscience?

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:5-16

“Despite what Baptist leaders may say publicly about “precious children,” when they leave predators in their pulpits and do nothing to help clergy victims, the message they send is the “you don’t matter” message. It is a terribly hateful lesson for religious leaders to teach and it betrays the very faith they purport to profess. If I had fully believed the lesson that Baptist leaders taught, I would surely be dead by now. But I was graced to have other people in my life – people who worked hard to counter Baptist teachings and to constantly remind me that my life mattered. Thank God for non-Baptists and non-believers.”…Besides, to the extent I feel something akin to a “calling,” it is a calling that comes with the mere fact of being human. It is a calling that comes with being a mother. In fact, it is a calling that sounds for every mother, every parent, and every adult. We are all called upon to protect the young, and I will never understand how so many Baptist leaders can close their ears to that calling.”
-Christa Brown, “This Little Light: Beyond A Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang,” pages 218-219