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I came across an interesting comment at SGMSurvivor blog and thought it was important enough to give it a wider audience so as not to get lost in the comments. SGMSurvivors.com reader Todd Wilhelm commented that he had sent an e-mail to Dr. Wayne Grudem, urging him to not speak at C.J. Mahaney’s church in July in a couple of weeks.
But first, who is Wayne Grudem? At the Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) site, you can find many interviews with friends of Mahaney/SGM. In this particular interview, C.J. Mahaney is the interviewer. Here is Mahaney’s own words on Grudem.
Meet Wayne Grudem. Dr. Grudem is smart—B.A. from Harvard, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Cambridge, smart.
Dr. Grudem is now the Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 20 years.
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Now you have some background to Dr. Wayne Grudem. Let’s move on to the intent of this article. Wilhelms’s e-mail to Dr. Grudem is at the bottom of the screen shot (right below the dividing line) and the response to Wilhelm is at the top.
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This is the key statement that needs to be noted:
Dr. Grudem is speaking at CJ’s church specifically so that he can signal support for CJ in the face of unjust accusations.
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If it is true that Grudem’s assistant, John Paul Stepmanian, is speaking on behalf of Grudem (with Grudem’s full blessing), this gives us a clear picture of how Grudem perceives his close friend, Mahaney, and the lawsuit situation. Again, look at the intent: he is speaking at Mahaney’s church to signal support for C.J. in the face of unjust accusations. There it is.
Shortly after this comment from Wilhelm, another reader chimed in with more background information on the relationship between Grudem and Mahaney.
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Paul’s comment at SGMSurvivors is excellent and I encourage you to read the rest of it here.
I think we need to do a recap of who is standing up for Mahaney publicly and who is not because it is confusing with revisions being made (and not noted), statement being removed (and over 100 comments) and then reappearing on a different site with no comments allowed, statement being removed entirely with no public notification. Let’s review:
Albert Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan’s statement on Facebook. This statement initially appeared on Facebook with over 100 comments, mostly negative, was then removed from Facebook (thus, all the comments removed, too) and moved to the T4G site. The statement that was placed on the T4G site has since been removed. Here is a link of the statement of support from the Wayback Machine showing what it looked like on the T4G site. They allowed no comments there, which is no surprise.
Denny Burk referred to the statement on his blog and said he was signing his name to it, too.
D. A. Carson, Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung offered their support here on May 23, 2013. We need to keep an eye on this statement to see if it gets removed/revised.
Let’s do the math together to see how many people are publicly supporting Mahaney:
- Mohler/Dever/Duncan statement of support: +3
- Denny Burk signs his name to above statement: +1
- Carson/Taylor/DeYoung statement of support: +3
- Mohler/Dever/Duncan remove statement of support: -3
- Grudem’s support via his assistant: +1
GRAND TOTAL = 5 church leaders publicly give support C.J. Mahaney
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- C.J. Mahaney supporters struggle to find a sympathetic following (peterlumpkins.typepad.com)
- In Midst of Sex Scandal Suit, C.J. Mahaney Bows Out of Pastors’ Conference, CharismaNews article, July 9, 2013
- Mark Dever and CJ Mahaney Lovefest Continues: Shocking on So Many Levels (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- Mohler, Dever, and Duncan break their silence and release statement in support of C.J. Mahaney (spiritualsoundingboard.com)