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This came across my Twitter feed and it struck me for a couple of reasons:
- The timing of the tweet is within a day after he published this: Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit
- The timing of the tweet is on the same day he published this: When Prevention Fails: A Sexual Abuse Response Policy for Churches
Twitter is a way to quickly share with others our thoughts. Of course it’s only speculation that Taylor’s tweet has something to do with the above articles. But check this out. When clicking on the “post comment” button, this is what you will find:
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Yup, comments are closed. Why? Maybe because he’s busy. Or maybe not. From the beginning of this fiasco, The Gospel Coalition men have not allowed much discourse about the Sovereign Grace lawsuit or C.J. Mahaney at all on their blogs. If anything painted CJ in a negative light, it was removed.
I can’t say for certain what was in Taylor’s mind when he sent that tweet, but this is the established behavior we have already seen among C.J. Mahaney’s friends. We, who care about the victims and want to see that people are safe, get labeled as the “problem.” So now the focus of the entire SGM/C.J. Mahaney issue is completely removed from Mahaney (by not allowing comments) and placed on those who speak out.
Do you see how this works? No mention of the victims, no mention of SGM. We are being labeled as “divisive” when we bring them to account.
That’s where these guys are confused. It is not divisive to call out a problem when you see one, especially when other leaders are ignoring the problems. It is not a sin or disobedient to call leaders to account when there are serious wrongdoings. These guys are wrong.
I was labeled as “divisive” by my former pastor for calling out spiritual abuse and what I was seeing happening among current and former church members. This is bully behavior intended to silence.
To hear a church leader call you “divisive” is a powerful statement. They are hoping that you will accept their word as authority and “check your heart” and your motives.
No, they need to check their hearts and quit shifting the problem onto us. The pressure is on.
Check out this article in The Washington Post: Evangelical leaders stand by pastor accused of abuse cover-up
Someone left this excellent comment:
“Readers – Al Mohler’s comments are not representative of the Southern Baptist Convention. He speaks for himself and a contingent of SBC’s membership known as New Calvinists who have been supportive of Mahaney, a leader in the reformed movement. The non-Calvinist majority of Southern Baptists would not be supportive of Dr. Mohler’s position on this. Southern Baptists at large would not be satisfied with the belated statements provided by Dr. Mohler and prominent pastors of the New Calvinism movement in our ranks. Ministerial integrity demanded that Mr. Mahaney step away from the pulpit until the courts dealt with this matter … he did not. That same standard applied to the SBC leaders who supported him – they should not have given him a platform to continue to speak while such serious matters were being processed by the legal system.”
Pretty soon these pastors’ bad behavior is going to get very, very public. They are feeling threatened by the public outcry. So be it. Keep commenting, people. Don’t stop.