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Sunday
May182014

C.J. Mahaney & Joshua Harris Removed as Council Members with The Gospel Coalition

Tonight, C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris were removed as Council Members with The Gospel Coalition (TGC).  No explanation has been given thus far. 

D.A. Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor of The Gospel Coalition have been staunch supporters of C.J. Mahaney.  I wrote about this last May.  I've repeatedly endeavored to correspond with these men, talk to these men, and meet with these men.  They have refused every offer. 

For instance, here is some correspondence with Justin Taylor.  He refused to be honest with me and he refused to talk to me about his assertion that I was a slanderer.  Truth be told, Taylor slandered me by calling me a slanderer.  He also slandered Janet Mefferd. 

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From: Brent Detwiler 
Sent: Sunday, December 08, 2013 8:31 AM
To: Justin Taylor
Subject: Who is the "known slanderer"? 

Hello Justin, 

I noticed this Dec 3 comment on your blog about “a known slanderer regarding the SGM situation.”  I have a simple question.  Are you referring to me or to someone else?   

“This is not the first time I’ve observed this behavior from her [Janet Mefferd]. I think it is very problematic that she has given a platform to a known slanderer [me] regarding the SGM situation. She [Mefferd] also tried to try the case in the court of public opinion and proceeded in an unbiblical way. In other words, this didn’t seem like a one-off situation.”

 

Thanks for the clarification. 

Brent 

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From: Justin Taylor [mailto:jtaylor@crossway.org]
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 9:04 AM
To: Brent Detwiler
Subject: Re: FW: Who is the "known slanderer"? 

Brent, 

Given the way your track record of handling personal correspondence, I have no reason to believe our correspondence will be kept confidential and have resolved not to interact with you. 

Justin Taylor 

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From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 9:28 AM
To: Justin Taylor
Subject: RE: FW: Who is the "known slanderer"? 

I guess that means you are not willing to be honest and answer my simple question.  Since you don’t want to write please call me at [telephone # given]. I’d like to talk with you about your comment.  You are quite mistaken about me.   

I am coming to you in private per the teaching of Scripture.  I’ve never gone public with anything including personal correspondence unless I first took every measure to address an issue in private.  In the case of C.J., I (and many others) appealed to him in private for over ten years (2000-2011) before I was forced to go public when he continued to lie and deceive.  I simply obeyed the teaching of Matthew 18:17, 1 Tim 5:20, etc.  I had no choice.  I believe in the authority of Scripture. 

Please don’t use what you perceive to be my “track record” as an excuse for not being accountable for what you have written.  I look forward to our interaction. 

Brent 

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Justin Taylor never called me.  I consider that cowardly.

These three men, and many other nationally recognized leaders like them, must publicly repent for their ungodly support of C.J. Mahaney in the face of overwhelming evidence.  Rather than search out the truth, they believed the talking point provided by Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries including the claim that not one shred of evidence existed to prove a conspiracy.  They have not been impartial.  Rather, they have treated Mahaney with unparalleled favoritism.  This enabled Mahaney and allowed him to escape accountability.

Carson, DeYoung and Taylor need to renounce their “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit” statement from May 24, 2013. 

Postscript - 11:59 PM

The Religion News Service is reporting The Gospel Coalition will not be commenting on the matter.  http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/18/megachurch-pastors-leave-reformed-evangelical-network-amid-child-abuse-scandal/.  “An employee of TGC said it will not be putting out a statement on the matter. Initial attempts to reach Mahaney and Harris were unsuccessful.”

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Sunday
May182014

Joshua Harris Requests Leave of Absence until Issue of Not Reporting Morale’s Crimes to Police Is Fully Addressed

I just finished listening to Joshua Harris’ sermon from this morning at Covenant Life Church.  

During his message he made several remarks about the Nathaniel Morales trial including an acknowledgement that he, Robin Boisvert (pastor), Kenneth Maresco (pastor) and Corby Megorden (administrator) knew about Morales’ sex crimes in the past. 

The clear implication of this acknowledgement, though not explicitly stated, was these four leaders did not report Morales to the police.  This is exactly what Grant Layman (former pastor) stated under cross examination at the Morales trial this past week. 

Harris made no mention whatsoever of Layman in his comments today even though he just honored Layman on March 31 when he resigned as a pastor at CLC after 31 years. 

Harris also made no mention of C.J. Mahaney, John Loftness, or Gary Ricucci.  In 2007, Morales told Layman he sexual abused boys in Covenant Life Church.  This past week, Layman told the court, the “pastoral team” of Covenant Life discussed this confession.  Loftness and Ricucci were CLC pastors at the time.  Mahaney oversaw the pastoral team and was mentoring Harris in his role as senior pastor.  These men also knew about Morales crimes but did not report. 

Harris told the church he asked and requested an administrative leave until this issue can be fully addressed.  The pastoral team (i.e. board of elders) is considering Harris’ request but no decision has been reached.  Harris indicated Maresco, Boisvert and Megorden are also prepared to take a leave of absence. 

There is so much more to this story that Harris doesn’t tell Covenant Life Church.  I’ll be working on a lengthy post all this week.  Lord willing it will be done by next weekend.  Pastors at Covenant Life Church have been covering up sexual abuse for over 30 years.    

In other news, Morales’ lawyer, Alan Drew has appealed the verdict.  That is typical.  I’ve been told there is very little chance the appeal will be granted.  The appeal means the two other trials of Morales will go forward this week.  That is a good thing.  More evidence will come out.

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