Three SBC Leaders remain silent while others speak LOUD!

May 21, 2014

by Tim Guthrie, pastor
Arlington Baptist Church
Knoxville, Tenn.

The problems with Sovereign Grace and the child abuse scandal are not new. Today, the grandson of Billy Graham, Tullian Tchividjian, called out the leaders of the movement along with the para church group, the Gospel Coalition, with which some of the leaders are affiliated.

With the close relationship of CJ Mahaney and others affiliated with Sovereign Grace and the Gospel Coalition, there has been a silence that cannot be explained by SBC leaders also affiliated with the same people. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has only praised Mahaney.  Further, Russell Moore, president of the SBC ERLC, has hired two staff members at the ERLC from the Gospel Coalition. Where has been the outcry from these two? And what about Mark Dever? The Wartburg Watch ran an article highlighting the close relationship of Dever and CJ Mahaney in 2012. The blog, SBC Tomorrow, covered these connections and the scandal in detail, in spite of being falsely accused of exaggeration and falsehood over the past couple of years.

Tchividjian was crystal clear and blunt in his assessment and response to the disgusting and reprehensible situation. Notice the clarity and spot on reaction in the following paragraph from the above mentioned article in reference to Mahaney and whether or not he knew of the cover up:

“Give me a break. These people, they’re family. Of course he knew,” Tchividjian told The Christian Post. “C. J. was, for many years, the micro-managing head of the organization and nothing happened under the umbrella of Sovereign Grace that he wasn’t made aware of, so for anyone to say, ‘Well he didn’t know,’ that’s totally naive.”
During the entire course of this scandal, the Gospel Coalition has remained silent.  With several board members also closely tied to Sovereign Grace, how could silence be the chosen the path? Where is the outrage?

It is also worth noting that in this “blast” Tchividjian further gives readers a clear understanding of The Gospel Coalition, not has big and powerful as it is presented. Note the specificity he uses to paint the true demographics of this group:

“They want to say that they’re very multi-denominational and all, but they’re really not,” said Tchividjian. “It’s Baptist and Presbyterians, but it’s a particular flavor of Baptist and Presbyterians, it’s not even all inclusive of all Baptists and Presbyterians.”

Child abuse cannot be tolerated by anyone – EVER! Godly leaders know they should be the first to speak up and speak loud when such a situation exists. Why are SBC leaders remaining silent?

Thank you, Tchividjian, for being clear.

I pray we will see Mohler, Moore, and Dever do the same. It may be late, but it is the right thing to do!

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Alan House

Poor Tullian, always referred to as “the grandson of Billy Graham!” What is that all about? I think Al Mohler is really stretching his credibility thin by continuing to play the CJ is OK game. The emperor is plainly buck naked.


It’s increasingly clear that Dr. Mohler doesn’t give a big whoop what others think about his relationship with Mahaney or the SGM/SBTS partnership. Ministerial integrity demanded some time ago that Dr. Mohler distance himself from Mahaney until these allegations worked their way through the legal system, but he continued to give Mahaney a platform at SBTS. Good Lord, we are talking child abuse! Where are the SBTS trustees on this? Apparently, Dr. Mohler enjoys untouchable status in SBC life. Does he have an unlimited supply of Conservative Resurgence brownie points or something?


Yes, child abuse is wrong, but we do not need to take the Lord’s name in vain.


This “partnership” with CJ Mahaney or whatever it is with SBTS, Mohler and Mahaney is a blight on the SBC. It is not over. There is still a chance that a “conspiracy” to protect child molestations will be investigated by the state of Maryland. The one thing missing in all the tweets from TGC and even our communications guy from the ERLC are all about deflection and attacking those who are standing with the victims. The victims have put their stories out there now for 7 years. 7 years. And a lot of people have spent their moral credibility exonerating Mahaney. Very few are speaking of the victims. Does anyone realize that if Nate Morales had been reported back in the 90’s his own sons would have been spared sexual abuse by him? This is serious business.

Garrell, Child SEX abuse is not “wrong”. It is heinous. VILE. It is ruinous. It eats years of their lives away in trauma and moral confusion. When you add the “spiritual” dimension…… When it is done by those in trusted positions in the name of Jesus it is blasphemous and reprobate and that my friend is taking the Lord’s Name in Vain. It is lying about God. Those who protect such predators deserve prison.

SGM pastors told the victims they were the same sinners as their abuser and to forgive instantly. Moral chaos. Total moral chaos.

So little has been said about these precious souls who were violated by TGC or others. Just a defense of their guy. The buck stopped where at SGM?


    “SGM pastors told the victims they were the same sinners as their abuser and to forgive instantly. Moral chaos. Total moral chaos.”

    Lydia – an increasing concern of mine is that certain fringes of New Calvinism are approaching antinomianism. Southern Baptist entities need to be on guard whom they align themselves with and which NC idols our leadership put on a platform. These are days to pray for a new measure of discernment in SBC ranks.



What we are talking about is the nasty belief in “moral equivalency” . If the victim is the same sinner as the molester then what is evil? What is good? It is all a blur and moral chaos reigns. So, if all sin is an affront to God then whether you yell at your dog or molest children: You are both sinners. Period. End of story.

You see this thinking in the war on terror all the time. In fact, our paid guy in the ERLC (note “ETHICS” is in the title) wrote about the sin of water boarding and we are on the same level as the terrorists because we waterboard. He is promoting moral equivalency. You see, waterboarding a terrorist to gain information that might save lives is just as bad as terrorists that behead reporters, women and murders thousands of people for Jihad. Moral chaos

This is basically the argument of the lefties which is why we will always be at the mercy of terrorists. They use our “virtue” and ignorance against us. (I am a bit baffled by the Christian left as I thought they were feminists but when it comes to Islam they seem to give it a pass and not really care about “those women”)

Sharia law is morally equivalent to the constitution?

Moral equivalency is a blight on our land and especially in our churches. The ERLC guy should be called out on it. Moral Equivalency means we cannot say, “this is evil” or “that is good”.In the political realm it is not politically correct. In the Reformed realm, all sin is equal so what is the point? The child molester is the same sinner as his victim.

The result? Nothing is evil and nothing is good. Noble, huh?

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