Update on the Sovereign Grace Ministries sex abuse court case and Tullian Tchividjian’s clarification of his related statements concerning his “breakup” with The Gospel Coalition.
After recently posting this article in which I expressed concern that Tullian Tchividjian failed to make any mention of the SGM sex abuse survivors in his apology, An Open Letter to Tullian Tchividjian, Including a Personal Note from a Sex Abuse Survivor, we now have some clarification and it comes from an interview with Janet Mefferd. You can fast forward to the 2:00 minute mark.
Additionally, Janet Mefferd also recently interviewed SGM victims plaintiffs’ attorney, Susan Burke, to discuss the upcoming court case on Monday. The discussion includes the impact of Grant Layman’s sworn court testimony that he new about the sex abuse and failed to report.
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From Brent Detwiler:
Anyone interested in the truth will take this interview to heart. There is no question of a conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse.
Please pray for the Maryland Court of Special Appeals who hears the appeal on Monday. Let’s hope they overturn the decision of the lower court that dismissed the case in May 2013 based upon the statute of limitations.
Regardless of their decision, however, Mahaney, CLC and SGM are guilty of an evil conspiracy per the evidence. They did not report Nathaniel Morales (and others) who was a known serial predator. He went on to abuse for 20 years.
Two weeks ago in his first trial, Morales was found guilty on all five counts with a maximum sentence of 85 years. The follwoing week in his second trial, Morales was found guilty on two counts for another 25 years.
The evangelical and Reformed Church must act. This is no time for silence. Leaders everywhere should speak out and demand an accounting of Mahaney, et al. regardless of the criminal or civil proceedings. (Read more: Riveting Interview with Lead Attorney Susan Burke on Civil Suit Appeal and SGM Conspiracy)
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They will present their case before the appellate court so that they can they deliberate when the “clock should start ticking for the conspiracy claim” — be it the time of the assaults or the point at which the plaintiffs learned that there was a conspiracy on the part of the church system to cover up those assaults.
As Janet Meffered stated it, because of Grant Layman’s testimony in the Morales trial, we have moved from “conspiracy theory to conspiracy fact.”
Janet Mefferd’s interview with Susan Burke:
The SGM story starts at the 7:00 minute mark.
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“[T]he pastors knew of the various instances of sexual abuse, they knew that they had a duty to report it to the police, they discussed with each other whether or not to do so, and they reached an agreement – they collectively decided that they were going to cover it up rather than bring it forward to the secular authorities. And they took steps to encourage anyone who learned of it to do the same.”
~Attorney Susan Burke