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C.J. Mahaney Issues Statement Protesting His Innocence

The statement below is contrary to ALL the evidence in my opinion and in my possession.


For nearly two years now, I have remained silent about a civil lawsuit brought against various parties including myself. During that time, many have urged me to respond publicly and address the accusations against me. These pleas have only intensified over the last week in light of reports of testimony in a recent trial. I look forward to the day when I can speak freely. For now, the simple and extraordinarily unsatisfying reality—for myself and others—is that in the face of an ongoing civil lawsuit, I simply cannot speak publicly to the specifics of these events. Even with those constraints, however, let me be clear about this: I have never conspired to protect a child predator, and I also deny all the claims made against me in the civil suit. 

I am deeply grieved for those who suffered abuse while part of Covenant Life Church, as well as those beyond the church who were abused—and I continue to pray for justice to be served on their behalf and for God’s healing grace in their lives. I’m saddened, too, by the confusion and damage that has resulted from public comments and speculation about these events. Still, my trust remains in the Lord, who comforts the brokenhearted and promises in his justice and in his time to right every wrong. 

In the grace of the gospel, 

C.J. Mahaney 

Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville 

May 22, 2014 

This statement is just like John Loftness’ statement to Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Maryland on May 13, 2013 regarding the allegations of fact that he was a sexual sadist.  Loftness was Chairman of the Board for SGM from March 2012 to February 2013.

“My attorneys continue to advise me not to discuss this suit with others nor to make any statements to news media about the allegations brought against me and others. I have followed their advice and intend to continue to follow it through the duration of this suit. This, of course, is a challenge to you, as it is to me, but it is wise counsel.

“I do think it necessary that I tell you something in general terms, and I ask that you keep this in mind as this suit is played out in the public arena: I have never physically or sexually abused a child—at any time, in any place, and in any way. Nor have I ever sought to shield someone I knew to be a pedophile from legal consequences for his actions.”

No one should be surprised by this categorical denial of wrong doing by Mahaney. He has no choice but to deny on the advice of his lawyers like Loftness. What else can he do at this point? Confess?  Now that’s an idea! 

Of course, the Maryland Assistant States Attorneys, the Montgomery County detectives, all the victims of sexual abuse alleging a conspiracy, and the lawyers in the civil suit are COMPLETELY wrong about Mahaney. He did ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong. I bet they are scared Mahaney will sue them and prosecute them. I'm sure they will drop their investigations and lawsuit immediately in light of C.J.'s self-declared innocence.  Laugh out loud. 

And what about Grant Layman's sworn testimony under oath? Of course, C.J.'s brother-in-law was just lying through his teeth. Well, maybe not. C.J. refers to it only as "reports of testimony in a recent trial." Maybe Layman wasn't even there. Then again, I saw him there. By who knows, maybe I wasn't there.

Judge Terrence McGann, please send Mahaney and his lawyers the recording. I think they are confused.

Folks, C.J. Mahaney is in serious trouble! He has a proven track record of lying and deceiving in other matters. Read my documents from 2010 and 2011 and my blog posts from 2011 and 2012.  There is a long evidentiary history.  The simple truth is he cannot be trusted.  That is not a slanderous remark.  

Mahaney says, “I have never conspired to protect a child predator.”  That’s a softball for law enforcement.  All they have to do is find out if Mahaney reported all those he knew to be pedophiles in CLC and SGM.  If he didn’t, he was protecting them from criminal prosecution and that proves a “conspiracy” when others failed to report in conjunction with him.      

I was on the SGM Board of Directors for 25 years and worked closely with C.J.  I was the number 2 leader in SGM from 1998-2007.  I resigned in 2007 as a matter of conscience.  I have no knowledge of Mahaney ever reporting, or instructing his staff to report, suspected or known pedophiles to law enforcement.  That is my sworn testimony.  I now have knowledge he did not report known pedophiles.  That too is my sworn testimony. 

This statement by Mahaney is meaningless.  It is a public relations piece.  Mark my words.  No one will be deterred from going after the truth and holding him to account.  

Postscript (May 23 at 12:58 pm)

I learn every day. From what I can tell, the State of Maryland is concerned about a criminal conspiracy, not whether SGM leaders and CLC pastors were mandatory reporters at the time of abuses. That is why C.J. said, "I have never conspired to protect a child predator." There is no question, C.J. did not report multiple sex abusers, just like Grant Layman did not report multiple sex abusers; but as I understand it, that is not the issue for prosecutors.  It comes down to whether or not he “conspired” to cover up their crimes in the legal sense. 


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Tullian Tchividjian Blasts Sovereign Grace Ministries Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal; Prematurely Departs The Gospel Coalition 

The article, "Tullian Tchividjian Blasts SGM Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal" by Morgan Lee is back up at The Christian Post website as of 5:49 AM. It was taken down 30 minutes after it was posted yesterday afternoon.

The author, Morgan Lee just tweeted (10:27 AM) this clarification.  “Hey everyone, about CP's story on @pastortullian last night. The story was accidentally published early at the end of our work day when it was actually supposed to go out this morning. Too many editors working on it and was pulled down after editor realized it was live early."  I hope this is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  There were no editorial changes between yesterday's article and today's article.

I've had no direct or indirect interaction with Tullian but he is absolutely correct when he says, “Give me a break. These people [Mahaney & Layman], they’re family. Of course he [Mahaney] knew,” Tchividjian told The Christian Post. “C.J. was, for many years, the micro-managing head of the organization and nothing happened under the umbrella of Sovereign Grace that he wasn’t made aware of, so for anyone to say, ‘Well he didn’t know,’ that’s totally naive.”

I've added links to the article.


Tullian Tchividjian Blasts Sovereign Grace Ministries Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal; Prematurely Departs The Gospel Coalition
By Morgan Lee at The Christian Post
May 21, 2014 / 5:49 am

Tullian Tchividjian is slamming Sovereign Grace Ministries for its handling of a sex abuse scandal, while announcing this week that his participation with The Gospel Coalition will unexpectedly end on Thursday.

Tchividjian, whose brother, Boz, is the founder of Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment, a group that investigates sexual abuse in churches and ministries, spoke out against TGC’s actions in light of the Sovereign Grace Ministries sexual abuse scandal.

C. J. Mahaney, who founded the SGM, along with other ministry leaders, was hit with a civil lawsuit last year alleging that they conspired to “permit sexual deviants to have unfettered access to children for purposes of predation and to obstruct justice by covering up ongoing past predation.” 

While the lawsuit was thrown out due to statute of limitations, Tchividjian said that unlike many of those connected to TGC who considered Mahaney a friend and claimed that he had “been the object of libel and even a Javert-like obsession by some,” he saw the situation differently.  In his eyes, given that Mahaney’s brother-in-law and fellow former pastor [Grant Layman] at Covenant Life Church had confessed to knowing about sex abuse claims and withholding that information from police last week, the SGM pastor [Mahaney] was guilty. 

“Give me a break.  These people [Mahaney & Layman], they’re family.  Of course he knew,” Tchividjian told The Christian Post.  “C.J. was, for many years, the micro-managing head of the organization and nothing happened under the umbrella of Sovereign Grace that he wasn’t made aware of, so for anyone to say, ‘Well he didn’t know,’ that’s totally naive.” 

Tchividjian added that he was “pretty disturbed” when Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor published a statement on TGC website in May 2013 which defended Mahaney, saying that it looked “like the good-old boys club covering their own.”  

“I thought it was premature.  I thought it was insensitive.  I communicated with the guys who wrote this statement that I was disappointed, that I thought it was unwise and premature and that they needed to clarify that their statement was not a statement from The Gospel Coalition, per se, but was their own personal statement,” Tchividjian explained. 

“There were some of us on the coalition, or who were associated with it, who didn’t want to be associated with their defense of C. J.,” he continued.  “I’ve just been sort of disgusted by the whole thing.” 

Speaking about his departure from The Gospel Coalition, Tchividjian said his departure came with little warning, though he explained that he made the decision eight or nine months ago to leave in August. 

A project started by New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian pastor Tim Keller and Canadian Reformed theologian D. A. Carson in 2004, TGC asked Tchividjian if they could host his blog in 2007.  The Presbyterian pastor explained that his involvement with TGC had been limited to speaking at its conferences and his blog posts, though he was initially attracted to its vision. 

“I think the original messaging of The Gospel Coalition, from when it was founded in 2007, has morphed,”chividjian told CP. "Mine hasn't. My goal has always been in every post to preach the radicality of the Gospel of grace."  

Yet while “no one from The Gospel Coalition formally reached out to me or questioned anything I ever posted or asked me to clarify anything I ever posted,” Tchividjian noted that he began to feel a shift in the site’s theology and how his doctrine was being received based on what other contributors were posting. 

“I was told the other day that conversations about me and about what I had been saying had been going on for a year, which I didn’t know about until the other day,” said Tchividjian. 

Around the same time, Tchividjian founded his own ministry, Liberate, which he describes as connecting “God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world.”  Two months ago, he informed TGC editors that he intended to move all of his blog content to his new site, adding that “they seemed fine with that.”

Last week, Tchividjian said he was informed via a friend on TGC’s council that the group’s leadership wanted his blog posts removed “ASAP.”  According to Tchividjian’s contact, TGC leadership was hoping to have his content removed because the website was relaunching on Monday, but noted that part of its decision seemed to “be personal, some of it theological.”

Tchividjian told his friend to inform TGC leadership that he already intended to remove his content in August, but that his site was not ready yet; after talking with leaders, his friend told him he had until Monday.  TGC leadership ultimately gave him until this Thursday.

“My frustration was, I was never reached out to, called or emailed from any of the powers that be, saying, ‘Hey listen, there are a couple of us that have some questions that have been raised, would you care to clarify?’ said Tchividjian.  “Or ask me questions!  Or even invite me to this meeting, if my name was on the docket!”

Billy Graham’s grandson said that he was also frustrated that he had never received personal feedback or criticism about the content of his posts from TGC leadership, saying that the thrust of everything he wrote was about God’s grace and had never been “harsh” or “divisive.”

“To me, it’s somewhat disconcerting that ‘Jesus plus nothing equals everything’ is much more controversial in some Evangelical circles than ‘Jesus plus something equals everything,’” said Tchividjian.  “I’ve been widely known as talking about grace without ‘buts or brakes,’ that God’s grace is much more radical than anything we could ever imagine and that we could never over-exaggerate it.”

Tchividjian, who considers himself Reformed, said that as is, TGC was “not as big of a ‘coalition’ as it would appear.”

“They want to say that they’re very multi-denominational and all, but they’re really not," said Tchividjian.  “It’s Baptist and Presbyterians, but it’s a particular flavor of Baptist and Presbyterians, it’s not even all inclusive of all Baptists and Presbyterians.”

The Christian Post’s attempt to reach The Gospel Coalition's Executive Director Ben Peays for comment was not returned by press time.