UCCD’s “Go To Book”

By | April 4, 2014

After the morning service at Christ Church Jebel Ali I wandered next door to the book store in the lower level of UCCD.  I was hoping to purchase a copy of John Frame’s Systematic Theology.  The book was not in stock.  (Not to worry, I just got the Kindle edition.)

You will notice that two of Mahaney’s books are still on prominent display.  John Folmar, senior pastor of UCCD, told me he considered “The Cross Centered Life” one of their “go to books” for new Christians.  Indeed.  Why not feed the newbies material by a confessed blackmailer and a man who, as senior pastor, covered up criminal sexual abuse of children in his church?  You may as well expose new Christians to the hypocrisy of the church immediately.  By chance is the Bible one of the other “go to books?”

“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” Ezekiel 34:15-16

Cross Centered Life at UCCD

Humility at UCCD

Listen to Janet Mefferd and Boz Tchividjian discuss the C.J. Mahaney scandal:

“The legal mandate to report abuse—whether it is on behalf of children, the elderly, the disabled, or those abused by authority/power—is our call as believers to protect the vulnerable. It is allowing the authorities to investigate and do their job. It is complying with the laws of the land, and it is walking along-side those who have been impacted with a sage affection. There is so much more to be said about ministering well to those who have been victimized, but it is essential that we understand that mandated reporting is pastoral care and wisdom.” 

“Pastoral Wisdom and the Mandate to Report Abuse” by Julie Lowe

5 thoughts on “UCCD’s “Go To Book”

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  3. Wanda (Deb) Martin

    Looks like UCCD is a dumping ground for Mahaney’s older book that was published twelve years ago (2002).


    The newer version, published in 2006, includes a glowing endorsement by Mark Dever’s BFF Al Mohler.


    In my estimation, Mahaney presents a ‘deficient gospel’, which I explain in this post:


  4. erasmuse

    Just because a book is by a sinful man does not mean it is bad book. Aren’t we all sinners? And to say a man has written good advice for new Christians is not to say he is good Christian. Just because someone doesn’t practice what he preaches doesn’t mean he preaches badly.

    1. 2samuel127

      What do you, as the pastor who promoted Mahaney’s book, tell the new Christian, who, after reading the book on his own, subsequently discovers that Mahaney has covered up sexual abuse in his church for 20 years and blackmailed the co-founder of his ministry, caused a major split in his denomination and refused to follow the model of church discipline he has preached and held others to for years?

      The new Christian asks you whether you knew this about the Mahaney?

      “Yes,” you respond, “but in my opinion Mahaney’s book is so valuable that I can overlook these sins in his life and promote his book in good conscience, after all, we are all sinners.”

      “Has Mahaney ever confessed and repented of these sins?” asks the new Christian.

      “No, but his book is full of good advice,” you reply, “therefore I continue to distribute it to new Christians.”

      I would think this raises all kinds of questions in the mind of a thoughtful new believer. Questions like aren’t Christian leaders supposed to be above reproach? 1 Timothy 3:2. Aren’t we supposed to expose deeds of darkness? Ephesians 5:11. Why did my pastor fire the business manager of the church for mishandling money? Aren’t we all sinners? Why did my church just excommunicate Joe Smith for living with a woman he was not married to? Upon what grounds does my church practice any form of church discipline? Are there no other authors in all of Christendom that have written on the same subjects as Mahaney and whose lives are above reproach?

      Hypocrisy breeds skepticism which in turns leads to questioning whether Christianity itself is legitimate or just a scam exercised by some charismatic individuals for personal gain.



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