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John Loftness in Focus – Former Chairman of the SGM Board & Alleged Sexual Sadist

The conspiracy alleged in the Second Amended Complaint (SAC) is far more serious than I ever imagined.  I’ve been studying it for the last two months.  Only now do I have a comprehensive grasp of its contents.  Unfortunately, I’m almost as familiar with the SAC as I am with the book of Romans.  I certainly wish that was not the case!  The Bible is far more desirable to understand than police reports, motions to dismiss, scholarly journals and legal documents about child molestation. 

This has been made necessary because C.J. Mahaney and his co-conspirators continue to cover up alleged criminal activities of unimaginable horror and great proportions.  I can’t wait for the day when I return to commenting on Scripture; but for now, I must pursue this providential assignment.  

Therefore, I am going to begin posting about the conspiracy alleged in the Second Amended Complaint.  I plan to break it down into bite sized pieces so people can follow along more easily.  This post will focus on John Loftness and the sex crimes he is alleged to have committed. 

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C.J. Mahaney Withdraws from Together for the Gospel & Founders Remove Statement of Support

The now famous May 23, 2013 statement of support for C.J. Mahaney by Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan and Albert Mohler is gone from the Together for the Gospel website.  In its place is a statement by C.J. stating he has decided to withdraw from participation in the 2014 conference. 

C.J. Mahaney
July 1, 2013

TG4 Statement About C.J. Mahaney's Decision Not to Participate in the 2014 Conference

After much prayer, reflection and counsel I have decided to withdraw from participation in the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference.  My reason for doing so is simple: I love these men and this conference and I desire to do all I possibly can to serve the ongoing fruitfulness of T4G. 

Unfortunately, the civil lawsuit filed against Sovereign Grace Ministries, two former SGM churches and pastors (including myself), continues to generate the type of attention that could subject my friends to unfair and unwarranted criticism.  Though dismissed in May (and now on appeal), the lawsuit could prove a distraction from the purpose of this important conference.  My withdrawal is not intended to communicate anything about the merits of the suit.  My decision simply reflects the reality that my participation could create a hindrance to this conference and its distinct purpose of serving so many pastors.  My strong desire is to make sure this doesn’t happen.  I believe the most effective way I can serve my friends who have supported me, and continue to support me, is by not participating in the 2014 conference. 

My enthusiasm for this conference is undiminished and I believe it will continue to be a powerful context for encouraging and equipping pastors in their efforts to serve their churches and proclaim the gospel.  I am immensely grateful for the undeserved privilege to have been involved in previous conferences, and, most importantly, my ongoing friendship with these men I love and respect.

C.J. Mahaney
Sovereign Grace Church | Louisville, KY 

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