This interview with Boz Tchividjian is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ on the prevention of sex abuse and the prosecution of sex abusers in the Church. It was posted by Rachel Held Evans on March 18. Only today was I able to read it closely. It deals with root issues and provides sage wisdom. It should be read by everyone! One victim I’ve talked with told me she asked her SGM pastor to involve Boz in her horrific situation. She was told his services were not needed. As a result, an entire family was devastated because the pastor and his colleagues were proud and church centered in their response. They failed to follow anything counseled in this interview. The suffering that followed was and is unimaginable.
Yesterday, I followed up with 77 nationally recognized leaders in the Body of Christ regarding C.J., the lawsuit, and other developments in Sovereign Grace Ministries. That correspondence follows.
April 1, 2013
I last wrote you on February 6. A lot has happened since then and I am sorry to report none of it is good. Here are few highlights.
- C.J. will “transition from his role as President” on April 12. That’s when he steps down from all leadership responsibilities in Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM). This transition was necessary for two reasons. First, few pastors trust and believe in C.J. any longer. They can’t commend him in that role. Second, he is in legal jeopardy and appears morally culpability in relation to Complaints found in the class action lawsuit. Discovery is underway. Future arrests and revelations could make matters worse for him.
- John Loftness resigned as Chairman of the Board for SGM on February 18. He is the foremost mentioned Defendant in the lawsuit. Last week the following charge was added by the lawyers in their motion against dismissal. “Plaintiffs are going to be amending the FAC [First Amended Complaint] to add more parties [plaintiffs], one of whom alleges Defendant John Loftness physically and sexually abused her as a child.”
- Dave Harvey, C.J.’s number two man, abruptly resigned all his sizeable responsibilities with SGM on December 19, 2012. He was the Interim President during C.J.’s seven month leave of absence in 2011-2012. When Dave resigned from SGM, he assumed the role of a pastor in his church. That too has come to an end. On March 15, Dave resigned as an elder. He is currently out of Christian ministry. Now a major rift exists between Dave and C.J., et al.
More pastors and churches plan to leave SGM. In my last correspondence with you, I made my views concerning C.J. clear. Put succinctly, he should not be held up as an example to the Body of Christ.