Thabiti Anyabwile Shows His True Colors!

By | September 24, 2015

Below are a few tweets I came across on Thabiti Anyabwile’s Twitter account. I believe the first quote is from Wilberforce, but perhaps there was another man named Wilberfoce; anyway, I have noticed a growing trend among the crowd Anyabwile hangs with to claim they want to stand up for justice and speak out against abuse and they challenge us to do the same. You can see what I am talking about if you go to The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Twitter account and read some of the tweets around the 25th of September.  Maybe there has been some talking points paper distributed amongst the gospelly boys club saying they are taking too much heat for not standing up for victims, so they need to begin emphasizing how much they care.  Whatever the reason, it does seem like a concerted effort.  So read Anyabwile’s quotes and then as you read through my article I think you will agree that his words are hollow.  He doesn’t really want to do more, he just wants to say he wants to do more and then maybe you will think he and his gospelly friends really are doing more and really do care for the victims of sexual abuse.

2015-09-27 Anyabwile retweets Wilberforce quote

2015-09-27 Anyabwile tweet we must do more

 

“Something is wrong my beloved when the Church of Christ just allows this to continue. We are allowing little lambs to be fleeced and slaughtered while those of us who know better are, for the most part, silent. Unless the Body of Christ rises up and starts going after these wolves, we will be just as guilty as they are for allowing God’s children to be destroyed.”
-Nancy A. Almodovar, “A Modern Ninety-Five: Questions Today’s Evangelicals Need to Answer”

“If we are taught to trust totally and are discouraged from criticizing leaders openly, then we lose the ability to think critically. That is why it is unhealthy to stray from Scripture and teach trusting our leaders. If our leaders don’t want us to be critical of their actions when they are doing something wrong, then we shouldn’t follow these leaders. They are supposed to be servants, not dictators. Leaders need to have humility in order to be able to accept honest criticism.”
– Mary Alice Chrnalogar, “Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free From Churches That Abuse,” page 61

“The amount of effort that goes into silencing victims and their advocates is really overwhelming and quite unbelievable. I know it happens everywhere, but it seems especially powerful in the Christian community.”
-NakedPastor David Hayworth “Silence Doesn’t Make Abuse Go Away.”

 

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Yesterday’s blog article I wrote focused on an article Thabiti Anyabwile authored on Bill Cosby and sexual abuse.   In his article, Anyabwile challenged us to speak out against sexual abuse and ended up claiming he was going to fight to protect women from abuse and invited us to join him.

“I will fight. I will fight. I will fight for the black girls in my home, in my community, and around the world. Let’s fight for them together.”
-Thabiti Anyabwile

I must admit I was a bit skeptical, but I challenged Thabiti to begin standing up for sexual abuse victims by fighting to get C.J. Mahaney removed as a speaker at the Together 4 the Gospel conference.  If he could not accomplish that I suggested he could withdraw from the conference himself.  That would be a bold statement.  To do this Anyabwile would have to break ranks with all his gospelly friends in the Gospel Glitterati Celebrity Conference Speakers club. Undoubtedly this would be at great personal cost to Anyabwile.  But his words seemed so sincere that I thought just maybe he might actually take a stand against C.J. Mahaney.  

Today it looks like a fairly safe bet that Anyabwile’s passionate plea to take action against sexual abusers were hollow words.  Anyabwile knows which side his bread is buttered on, and it ain’t the side of victims of sexual abuse. Why do I say this?  Because yesterday, along with the article I wrote, I also wrote the following comment on Anyabwile’s blog site:

2015-09-23 My comment on Anyabwile post

Today I discovered that Anyabwile acted as many other “courageous leaders” in his “good ‘ole boy” fraternity act when faced with an inconvenient truth – he silenced his critic by removing my comment.  The Go$pelly Coalition, Together For the Go$pel and 9Marx of an Authoritarian church love to utilize social media, but they don’t know how to handle criticism, especially when the critical individual is pointing out embarrassing truths.  These brave men do not know how to handle dissent outside the little fiefdoms of their local church.  Church members can be intimidated into silence, but their tried and true tactics don’t work too well in social media. 

Exhibit “A” is the statement of support T4G posted on their Facebook account a few years ago.  They took so much heat for their cowardly, untruthful statement supporting their friend, C.J. Mahaney that they removed the statement from their Facebook account, changed the wording without mentioning that they did this, and then re-posted it on the T4G web page where no comments were allowed.  Such brave men!

You may recall that I encountered a similar experience as a member of John Folmar’s church in Dubai. Folmar didn’t like some articles I posted about the sexual abuse scandal at Sovereign Grace so he had his lieutenant, John Welkner, seize control of an independent Facebook group, remove my articles and then write and tell me they weren’t helpful for the members of UCCD. My response? I wrote back and told them I quit.   This treatment is so uniform with these men that you wonder if they teach these tactics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary!

So today I checked to see if there were any new comments on Anyabwile’s post.  There were not, and, as a matter of fact one comment was missing – mine!

2015-09-24 Anyabwile removed this comment

I then wrote another comment questioning why my first comment was removed.  Here is the message I received when I submitted the comment:

2015-09-24 Blocked from commenting on Anyabwile blog

As a refresher, please go to this link and watch the two minute video by a local news agency in Washington, D.C.  Then ask yourself how so-called Christian leaders like Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, John MacArthur, David Platt, Matt Chandler, Ligon Duncan, John Piper and R.C. Sproul can in good conscience share the stage with a monster like C.J. Mahaney.  The answer is they can’t.  They are embarrassed when people like me continue to bring to light the fact that Mahaney covered-up, enabled and coddled sexual abusers in his churches.  These men know they do not have an ethical “leg to stand on” so they resort to attempting to silence people who point out their hypocrisy.

 

It really is shameful when a whole movement in Evangelicalism has been hijacked by a group of cowardly men.  These men demonstrate time after time that they really do not care for the “least of these.” They care only about maintaining their status in their little club; a club where the message is clearly DO NOT MAKE WAVES!  A club that pays handsome dividends in the way of book contracts and generous honorariums for speaking at their numerous conferences. They all have each other’s backs.  Truth be damned.  I am pretty sure Christ would approve of their actions.

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
Matthew 20:25-28

 

“Tozer said and wrote much about what was going on in contemporary Christianity. He said so much, in fact, that he was once quoted as saying to David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, that great expositor and 30-year pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, “I have preached myself off every Bible conference platform in the country” 
[Cited in A Treasury of A. W. Tozer (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980), p. 8].
While he never desired to 
offend, he knew that the Word of God does offend (Matt. 15:12-13), and that when you tell people the truth, they often become your enemy (Gal. 4:16).”
“The Very Best of A.W. Tozer” 
Based on what A.W. Tozer said I don’t think there are many in the gospel glitterati club that will ever be preaching themselves off a Bible conference platform.
Very sad.
And so the decline in American Evangelicalism will continue.

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Noel Lysen

http://www.challies.com/articles/thinking-biblically-about-cj-mahaney-and-sovereign-grace-ministries

I have been following John MacArthur’s teachings daily for at least more than a month now. I have known him to be an expositor of the true faith. Also, Mohler is exceedingly wise, and I have culled much from his teachings as well.

Is it possible that we’re only hearing one side of the story? Is there a chance that these men have stood behind Mahaney because they believe they have discerned the truth upon knowing his version of events? Or, perhaps they are slow to convict, and are awaiting a judicial response on the matter? That’s what they’ve stated after all.

These are brothers of the true faith. Osteen, Jakes, Hinn, and their ilk are the super-apostles–the false brothers. These are the so-called Christian leaders who should be exposed. I would, however, tread lightly when assailing those who are of the true faith.

“Is it possible that we’re only hearing one side of the story? Is there a chance that these men have stood behind Mahaney because they believe they have discerned the truth upon knowing his version of events?”

No. There are thousands of pages of credible written evidence proving that C.J. Mahaney has helped cover-up child sexual abuse. A simple Google search turns up much of it.

“Or, perhaps they are slow to convict, and are awaiting a judicial response on the matter? That’s what they’ve stated after all.”

No, again. Mohler and his friends have disqualified many men from ministry sans evidence of their supposed misconduct garnered from criminal trials.

There’s also copious evidence that the men you’re referring to never even read the civil lawsuit they commented on. For one thing they made, and later erased, a silly statement saying that C.J. Mahaney was merely being persecuted for his religious beliefs.

In addition, most of the other statements they initially made bore no resemblance to what was said in the lawsuit! When confronted with these facts, Mohler and his friends amended their statement several times without providing notice that they had done so. I suspect that whatever statement you’ve read only seems reasonable because it bears no resemblance to the original version and you haven’t read through the lawsuit.

Also, C.J. Mahaney declined to say that he was innocent of the charges in the lawsuit while it was active. Instead, he said it should be dismissed on technicalities including the idea that the First Amendment gives clergy the right to cover up child sexual abuse.

It’s hard to believe that someone who believes that the First Amendment gives him the right to cover up child sexual abuse should be considered above repute.

In addition, Grant Layman, C.J. Mahaney’s brother-in-law, gave sworn testimony during a criminal trial indicating that C.J. Mahaney and other CLC leaders knew about the cover-up of child sexual abuse. C.J. Mahaney has not directly refuted his brother-in-laws’ testimony.

I hope you’ll do more research on this matter instead of listening to the lies that Mohler and his friends are telling about their role in helping C.J. Mahaney cover up child sexual abuse. A simple Google search will turn up legal documents and other credible sources proving that Mohler and his friends are corrupt liars.

” I would, however, tread lightly when assailing those who are of the true faith.”

I see no evidence that any of the men you’ve mentioned are motivated by religious beliefs of any kind. I think the “Pastors” you’re idolizing have feet of clay.

I’m sorry if this reply doesn’t seem very friendly. I’ve spent too much time with the victims of C.J. Mahaney’s abuse, generally, to have much patience with people who are defending Mahaney without doing any research into the crimes he’s been accused of.

Thanks.

Noel Lysen

I’ve looked at several articles on Google. That’s how I found this posting after all.

I just won’t condemn Mohler on his backing of a clearly trusted friend. If you can produce proof that Mohler knew Mahaney actively covered up sexual abuse I’d love to see it. Until that point, I won’t delve in speculation.

I will say that it is probably a very difficult position these guys are finding themselves in. I’m sure when the lawsuit was dismissed they felt Mahaney was vindicated. I hope that if he was involved in a cover up in some way that it would come to light, and these men would be humbled by it.

I have gotten a sense of some hubris on their part especially in diminishing the charasmatic movement. MacArthur eviscerates Arminianism as well, but he makes very good Biblical arguments to back it up. This is not enough for me to stop following their teachings, however, because they are so clearly wise in faith and the truth of the Word. They are proponents of Biblical innerancy and stand tall in the face of fierce secularism, never wavering on any tenet of the gospel.

Meanwhile, Rick Warren and co. wilt as soon as anyone challenges them on the controversies of the faith. If we can’t trust MacArthur and Mohler then who can we?

Thanks, Noel, for stopping by. Please note that this blog’s comment policy indicates that comments must be backed up by intelligent reasoning or credible sources. So far you’ve just made vague statements that are not backed up by research of any kind.

Please understand that I can’t approve any more comments of that nature. Thanks!

“I would, however, tread lightly when assailing those who are of the true faith.”

Does the criticism in your response to this post, then, indicate that you’ve already decided that I’m not of the true faith. 😉

Noel Lysen

Of course not! I think your rigorous pursuit of truth and justice is becoming of a believer.

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JP

I’m impressed with the way Mr anyabwile-burns deletes the comment he doesn’t like but kept my original comment so his attempt to make himself look good remains. My husband is right, the guy is just like Al Sharpton.

Thanks for the comments, JP. I don’t know much about Al Sharpton yet Mr. Anyabwile-Burns doesn’t seem to really care about advocating for anyone.

He’s all talk and no action.

JP

My husband’s comment upon reading Mr Anyabwile’s post and his reply to my question asking why he’s only calling for us to fight for black girls, was that Thabiti sounds like Al Sharpton. I think my husband is right.

Houston

My theory is that the entire coalition is cut from the same cloth as Ceej. If they were not, he would not be on stage. This proves the theory, and not one of them would be fit to watch over my wife, kids, dogs, anything. Yet, people just keep following…..

Sometimes I’m just overcome with shock about how leaders can persist in such blatant lies. Thanks for posting your critique and for refusing their silencing and intimidation tactics.

I know how you feel, Sara.

Over the past 5 years I’ve discovered that if you’re willing to cover up the gang rape of a child, there’s not much else you’re not willing to do.

That’s why I’ve given up on trying to get these guys to change their ways.

I just try to keep people, especially children, away from their Churches and conferences.

Thanks for the comment.

Janna

Thanks for the information, 5yearsinPDI.

Unfortunately, I think we do have to refer to the former Ron Burns as Thabiti Anyabwile, in the article, if that is his current legal name so as to prevent confusion about which TG4G coward and hypocrite we’re talking about.

I thought that Thabiti Anyabwile was from Africa until I found this source indicating that his given name is Ron Burns and Thabiti Anyabwile is the Muslim name he adopted after converting to Islam.

http://www.radical.net/blog/post/a-portrait-of-an-african-american-pastor/

I agree that keeping an adopted Muslim name after one has converted to Christianity seems strange.

I suspect that keeping the quote unquote foreign name enhances Ron Burns/Thabiti Anyabwile’s stature as the token minority Pastor at most TG4G-type conferences.

Best,

Janna
😉

5yearsinPDI

Todd-

We knew a guy who converted to a Sufi Muslim and changed his name, along with his Sufi girlfriend changing her name too. He got saved on his way to India to meet his ascended master guru, came back to the USA, witnessed to girlfriend and she got saved.

The first thing they did was go back to their ordinary given names.

We know missionaries to North Africa. They sort of arabic-ize their names over there, like a Juan calling himself John here. But the minute they step off the plane back here they use their normal given names.

I took my husbands last name when I married. It means something. I belong to him and I submit to his authority. Praying in the name of Jesus is a recognition of His authority. Names mean something.

I am not saying Ron Burns isn’t a Christian, I assume he is. But I do think there is some deception going on. Just my opinion.

5yearsinPDI

Todd- call him Ron Burns, his given name. The other was from his Islamic conversion. Don’t enable the mystique that he is foreign.

http://www.outreachmagazine.com/interviews/11446-thabiti-anyabwile-grace-across-the-divide.html

Good post.

Somewhereintime

Keep up the fight Todd. Bravo!

Excellent, just excellent! Keep posting the truth, brother — truth is what matters, not the Calvinista Intelligentsia and their sycophants. The corruption among these individuals is astonishing!