It would appear that there is nobody within the Sovereign Grace Ministries denomination with sufficient gravitas to call on C.J. Mahaney to resign from the ministry. The only real hope for this to happen lies with the powerful, influential celebrity pastors who are good friends with Mahaney and, sadly for American Evangelicalism and the cause of Christ, none of these men seem inclined to confront their good friend. To date the exact opposite has taken place. Many of the men have offered statements of support for Mahaney, accepted invitations to speak at Mahaney’s church and spoken with Mahaney at conferences.
So what are the chances that one of these influential leaders will make the case to C.J. Mahaney that he needs to resign from the ministry? Don’t make me laugh!
*Albert Mohler’s endorsement of C.J. Mahaney:
“I always have had only the highest estimation of C.J. Mahaney as a man and a minister,” Mohler said in an interview — his first public comments on the situation involving Mahaney, one of his fellow leaders in the Reformed, neo-Calvinist movement. “That continues absolutely unchanged. There is nothing in this current situation which would leave me to have even the slightest pause of confidence in him.”
Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, has worked closely with Mahaney for years as leaders of a revival of teaching on Calvinist theology, male authority and church discipline among some conservative evangelicals.
Mohler said he believes Mahaney and the Sovereign Grace board are being prudent in planning an independent investigation from people outside the denomination to make sure those involved are above reproach.
But Mohler has already drawn his own conclusions.
He based that on hundreds of pages leaked to the Internet last week, detailing correspondence between Mahaney, his main accuser and former colleague, Brent Detwiler, and other Sovereign Grace leaders.
“There is nothing disqualifying in terms of anything that is disclosed in this,” said Mohler, who regularly speaks on programs along with Mahaney. “It’s just evidence we knew all along, that C.J. is human but a deeply committed Christian and a visionary Christian leader.”
-Peter Smith, Courier-Journal.com, July 12, 2011
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