After 11 years of leading Covenant Life Church Joshua Harris preached his last sermon on April 12, 2015. His stated purpose for resigning is to pursue higher education. Time will tell whether some additional motivations may be revealed. Arguably his crowning achievement was leading CLC out of the Sovereign Grace denomination. His legacy has yet to be fully established and there are other individuals much more qualified than I to comment on that. (Brent Detwiler being one such individual, and my understanding is that he will publish an interesting article in the near future.)
As you can see below Covenant Life Church is planning on a Harris worship service on May 17th. One can only hope it will not be quite as repulsive as the C.J. Mahaney worship service on the occasion of Mahaney’s 25 years of leadership in Sovereign Grace Ministries.
The burning question is whether C.J. Mahaney and his side-kick, Bob Kauflin, fellow co-conspirators in the sexual abuse cover-up in the SGM denomination, will make an appearance at the Harris worship service. It wouldn’t take a whole lot of work for Kauflin to rework his worship song of Mahaney into something appropriate for the Harris love-fest!
The purpose of this blog post is to encourage you to submit your own thank you to Covenant Life Church for the Harris worship service. It would be nice if some of the victims of sexual abuse from the Sovereign Grace scandal could submit an entry.
Here is an email I submitted, along with the video I made. I feel fairly certain it will be one of the videos they show on May 17th. -Not!
“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 218-21