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It looks like a familiar name has been up to his usual antics.
CJ Mahaney, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Kentucky, spoke along with Albert Mohler over the weekend at the Conviction to Lead conference at Cornerstone Church in Knoxville.
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Of course, those who have been following this story realize this is a problem as C.J. Mahaney is in the midst of the “biggest evangelical sexual-abuse scandal to date.” While in the secular world, it is common for key people involved in a sex abuse inquiry to step down from their position, take a leave of absence, or put on administrative leave, C.J. Mahaney has continued his speaking engagements as if there is no problem, etc.
This is troublesome. It shows a complete lack of respect for the many victims involved and ignores the big elephant in the middle of the room.
Bob Allen from Associated Baptist Press released an article, Mahaney, Mohler share speaker platform, and noticed the same troubling characteristic we’ve seen so many times from Mahaney. He goes on and on in his public roasting of his best buddy. Here is reporter Bob Allen’s take on it:
Quoting from a book that said modern preachers cannot imitate Edwards’ intellect but can emulate his disciplined use of time, Mahaney waxed in his admiration for his friend and fellow leader in the Neo-Calvinism movement popular in evangelical circles including segments of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“We just experienced a modern-day illustration,” Mahaney said, referring to Mohler’s address earlier on the program. “I could substitute Dr. Mohler’s name in this quote. I could say to you we’ve not been given Dr. Mohler’s gifts, and it would be useless for me to encourage anyone to imitate Dr. Mohler’s mental ability.”
During the conference, Mohler urged the church leaders in attendance to be readers, “If you don’t have a stack of books you’re trying to get to, you need a stack of books you want to get to.”
Mahaney took off from Mohler’s comment on books to extol his friend even more:
“I’ve seen his stack of books,” Mahaney said. “If you have a stack of books, I’m saying there’s quite a difference, pretty obvious difference, between your stack and his stack of books. So if you are comforting yourself, ‘I have a stack,’ well you might have a stack, but if we consider the nature and content of your stack as opposed to his stack, well, your stack looks pretty sorry and pathetic.”
“And it isn’t just that your stack is sorry and pathetic in relation to his stack, when he’s done reading his stack he retains all he reads from his stack,” Mahaney continued. “He remembers it, and he can access it and access it well into the future.”
“Whereas for most of us, not only is our stack of books not as impressive as his, but once we are done reading even a single copy or the entire stack, we have a hard time remembering much of anything we read in the stack. And so if we’re just thinking about gifts and mental capacity, and stacks and the ability to retain and remember, it’s hopeless. We haven’t been given these world-class gifts.”
Related to the Sovereign Grace lawsuit, the trial date for alleged sex offender Nathan Morales (story here) was postponed from November 18, 2013 to May 12, 2014. You can find the list of charges here (Nathaniel Morales Case #121884C).
I’ll keep you posted as I hear more information on the Sovereign Grace lawsuit.
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