The readers of this blog who know me at all will know that I have been influenced and helped by CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM). I've read everything CJ has ever written, listened to dozens of his sermons, visited Sovereign Grace churches, and met CJ personally.
So, needless to say, I was saddened last week to hear the news that serious accusations have been made against CJ and SGM. As a result, CJ is temporarily stepping down as president of SGM and is submitting to a process of searching his heart and seeking godly counsel.
You can read CJ's letter/blog post about all of this here.
You can also read SGM's letter here.
For those who are unfamiliar with the circumstances, here is a summary of what I understand has happened.
One particular Sovereign Grace leader has compiled and detailed these accusations and supported them with e-mails, phone calls, meeting notes, etc. This leader sent these detailed accusations to SGM pastors. Someone in SGM posted all of these documents online for anyone and everyone to read.
I've scrolled through the documents (I think its over 600 pages), and its not pretty. Did I mention that they are detailed? Painfully detailed.
My purpose in writing this post is simply informational. We need to be aware of what's going on. We need to pray that above all Christ will be honored and that all of this does not bring shame on our Savior. May God take these realities and use them to advance His mission in the world. I pray that SGM comes out of this stronger and more faithful and more humble.
I'm sure I'll have more reflections as more information becomes available. For now, let's all check our own hearts and realize that God cares how we respond to other's shame and humiliation.