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Oct312014

Sex Abuse Victim Asserts Prominent SGM Pastor Marty Machowski “Threw My Children & I to the Wolves”

On Wednesday, Marty Machowski promoted Deepak Reju’s book, On Guard – Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church, for the online distributor, Westminster Bookstore.  The next day, Deepak Reju promoted Marty Machowski’s book, Prepare Him Room, for the same distributor.  That’s how it works in evangelical publishing. 

I assume Machowski has written a good book on family devotions for Christmas.  I know Reju has written a good book based upon Boz Tchividjian’s endorsement. 

On Guard should be mandatory reading for every pastor! For too long, the sexual abuse of children has been one of the darkest places inside the Church.  This is the reason I am so excited to endorse this book by Deepak Reju that helps to shine light and brings hope to this issue.  Not only does this book do a thorough job in identifying the complex issues, but it also offers fantastic practical guidance on how to confront and address abuse in a manner that protects children and serves survivors.” –Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director, GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment)

Mr. Tchividjian also provided this statement to blogger, Todd Wilhelm.  It’s important. 

“As you know, I have written publicly about the SGM issue and the tragic statements that were posted by members of the Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel.  (See:  http://netgrace.org/where-are-the-voices-the-continued-culture-of-silence-and-protection-in-american-evangelicalism/)

I have known Deepak for a number of years and believe the burden he carries on this issue is very genuine.  I believe that Deepak is in a unique position to be able to make a significant difference in the life of CHBC and its leadership as it relates to this incredibly important issue – protecting the lives of children and serving those who have survived abuse.

My endorsement of this book is based upon my conviction that it will ultimately protect children – this includes children from faith communities whose leaders we may strongly disagree with regarding their decisions and associations.  In my opinion, little ones deserve nothing less from all of us.”

Some dots need to be connected in order to understand the significance of this statement.  Deepak Reju works for Mark Dever as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC).  Boz believes Deepak “is in a unique position” to “make a significant difference in the life of CHBC and its leadership” in preventing and responding to child abuse.  Of course, Boz has Mark Dever foremost in mind.  Why?  Because Dever is one the six men who authored “the tragic statements that were posted by members of the Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel.”  Mr. Tchividjian passionately spoke out against Dever’s statement.  He provides the link above. 

I’ve also written about these statements and just this week posted evidence that Mark Dever never read The Second Amended Complaint (i.e., lawsuit) before he cleared C.J. Mahaney of all wrong doing in the Seconded Amended Complaint.  

I’m glad Deepak Reju has written this book.  I’m sickened Marty Machowski wrote a featured endorsement.  Mark Dever might have been a better choice.  Here’s why.  

Machowski is a prominent pastor in Sovereign Grace Ministries at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glenn Mills, PA.  He’s has commended C.J. Mahaney as fit for ministry, said all the difficulties in his church are due to the devil, wholeheartedly supported a statement by his friend, Executive Director Mark Prater, that victims of sexual abuse in SGM made up their stories, and badly mistreated adult and child victims of sexual abuse in his own church.  

Machowski writing an endorsement for a book on how to care for victims of sexual abuse is like Mahaney writing an endorsement for a book on reporting suspected pedophiles to law enforcement.  It leads people to believe you have practiced what is taught in the book.  That you are an example.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Machowski is a pretender.  I’ve removed the names of the victims and added explanatory comments in brackets [ ]. 

From: [Victim & Mother of Victims]
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 2:27 PM
To: ABrentDetwiler@gmail.com
Subject: not knowing where to begin...

Dear Brent,

You don’t know me, and the only things I know of you have come from years of reading things you’ve written, including the 600 or so emails (or pages?) that were posted online a few years ago.  I have also appreciated the times I heard you speak at Covenant Fellowship Church.

I don’t know where to begin, except to tell you that a concerned church member just forwarded something to me regarding something you wrote, regarding a situation with church members who have committed acts of sexual abuse against children.  It’s hard to hold back the tears right now, as I discover, for the first time, that we may not be as alone as I thought we were.

Our family is one more Sovereign Grace family in which serious and repeated sexual abuse of our beautiful daughter occurred over the course of about 14 years and with the church’s full knowledge.  The abuser was my husband.  I only went to the church after years of silence - because our family desperately needed help.  The church’s reaction and various responses are hard for me to even grasp.  I don’t know if we will ever recover.  If you were to read the pastoral records over the past 15 years, detailing the times my daughter and I went to our pastor [Marty Machowski] for help - and the responses our pastor gave us - you would probably be shocked as well.  The church forbid my husband to be anywhere near children’s ministry, yet they supported him in his efforts to be around his own children [two of whom he sexually abused], and pressured me to forgive and reconcile with him [just like other victims in SGM].  The message I repeatedly received was the mandate to focus on the sin in my own heart, and forgive my husband.  How did our pastor put it… “Reconciliation always honors the Lord.”  To which I could only respond, “No, truth is what honors the Lord.  Repentance is what honors the Lord.”  I have years of emails and letters to document this, as well as pastoral records. [Hundreds of pages of documentation were sent to me.]

You don’t know me, but I was a committed member of Covenant Fellowship Church for 19 years.  I LOVED our church, and focused our entire family life around actively serving the church, raising our children in the church, etc.  I believed in Sovereign Grace with my whole heart, and I believed that part of the humility of joining a church is covenanting to submit to leadership that, at times, is imperfect.  So I submitted to our pastor [Marty Machowski] and trusted his advice for years.  He sure threw my children and I to the wolves.   His responses always seemed more like “damage control” to me, than any willingness to hear the truth. [I’ve read the evidence and agree with her assessment.  She and her children were terribly treated.]

You cannot imagine what I am feeling right now - to discover for the first time that I’m not alone?? [Like so many other victims in SGM who had no idea sexual abuse, and the cover up of sexual abuse, was so widespread.]  That there are others who have experienced something similar in a Sovereign Grace Church???  I am not one to jump on a bandwagon.  However what has gone on in our church is just plain wrong.  And the damage it has done to our family is almost indescribable.  We’re still suffering the repercussions of being ostracized from the church - for “resisting efforts to reconcile.” (By the way, my husband is happy as a lark that he’s gotten off scott-free and has been reinstated in the church.  Although he admitted to me that his problem of pedophilia has gone on for years, he is still unrepentant.  He says he “gets such pleasure from his sin...he can’t imagine living without it.”

What has been my response until now?  Well, currently, as often as thoughts and memories flash back, I pray for the Lord to HELP me forgive...because I’m willing to forgive.  I am also willing, after all these years, to speak up.  I’m not out for vengeance.   I recognize the evil that has been “winked at” in our own church, the lives that have been destroyed by our church’s actions as well as inactions, and I’m willing to speak up - if it will help others.  If there is any sort of class action being taken, I am willing to contribute years of firsthand experiences and documented letters and emails.  May God forgive me if it’s wrong to speak the truth in this matter...

Respectfully,
XXX

From: [Victim & Mother of Victims]
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:57 AM
To: Brent Detwiler
Subject: Re: following up

Hi Brent,

I know you are busy, so I had no expectation of hearing follow-up from you!  However, I will tell you that your support in this matter has been extremely valuable to me.  The Lord has been working on my heart in the past few months. ...

As I have compiled a mountain of previous emails and letters to/from my pastors - and re-read/scanned a few - I find myself feeling anger over the blatant wrongs that were committed by our church leaders.  How I wish I had had more courage and clarity of thought to have spoken up in the past!  While I have no natural desire now to speak against God’s Bride and against specific men of God, my resolve to at least speak the truth is growing stronger.  Simply put, God honors the truth.  My prayer is simply that the Lord would help me guard my heart and my motives, and keep me from a spirit of vengeance, bitterness, or retribution as memories are revived - while equipping me to speak the truth and helping me to remember details that I’ve tried to forget.  (When you and I talked, I briefly shared what my husband had done to my daughter.  I didn’t tell you the things he did to me [or her son].  Sometimes it’s merciful the way our minds are able to block out memories.)

One brief rabbit trail - Are you familiar with Boz Tchividjian (a grandson of Billy Graham), down in Virginia? He was well known for his work in prosecuting sex offenders as Assistant State Attorney in Florida.  He’s presently founder and executive director of GRACE.  Anyway, he became involved in our case and offered to talk with our pastors and advise them.

Our pastors turned his offer down.  When I asked Marty Machowski how he could turn down an offer to at least communicate with a godly man of Boz’s stature, expertise, and experience, my question met with silence...no response at all. …

After 8 years of waiting for [my husband] to confess and repent, I recently took the step of filing for divorce.  Even Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, seemed to show compassion toward women and children who were being harmed by a man’s immorality.

Thank you for following up, Brent.  I do hope and trust that the Lord is at work in your life as well, and that He is equipping you for many good works in the years to come!

Lord bless you, 
XXX

From: [Victim & Mother of Victims]
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 1:41 PM
To: abrentdetwiler@gmail.com
Subject: RE: SGM class action lawsuit

Hi Brent,

I hope you are well - and finding the grace to continue bringing the truth into the light.

The first thing I did this summer was pick up an amazing book by Eric Metaxas, entitled “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.”  It does inspire me to read of heroes of the faith who have paid a heavy price at the hands of men - for telling the truth and for holding tightly to the Word of God.  Yet, I’m continually amazed when I encounter men who do not appear to be concerned with the truth.  I have often observed quietly that the pastors of my former church, Covenant Fellowship, seemed more concerned with “damage control” than with the truth.  I never told anyone this before, but in my eyes, it was brutally apparent on numerous occasions.

As I write this, I’m facing renewed pressure from my husband to “reconcile and reunify” (spurred on by Andy Farmer and Marty Machowski).  It’s been 8 YEARS since our separation, and about 6 years since I resigned from the church - and the pressure continues. To date, my husband has turned himself inside out to regain his reputation in the eyes of men - and he’s quite smug in his supportive audience of these two pastors.  While it’s true that he’s repented of a few general, “peripheral” issues, [he] has yet to repent of the numerous physical and sexual abuse issues that caused me to leave him and leave our church.  My lawyer told me recently: “Doesn’t your church get it -- that CYS [Child & Youth Services] will take your children away from YOU if you go back to your husband?!??”

Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that reconciliation is being confused with restoration here.  I can reconcile, in the sense that I have a mandate to forgive what he’s asking forgiveness for, but I don’t think it necessarily follows that he should be restored as the leader of our family, with free license to do what he wants to us.

Anyway, Brent, I do want to do what I can to help bring the truth into the light, and I do have some pastoral emails that may be quite helpful.  Would you be willing to share your mailing address, so I can mail them to you?

Also, our local county District Attorney’s office has had some run-in’s with Covenant Fellowship pastors in the past over allegations of sexual abuse.

While allegations of this nature are unfortunately commonplace these days, the assistant DA involved expressed his grief over the WAY IN WHICH our church handled the specific situations.  In other words, CFC has a history; our family has not been the first nor the last.  In our case, the finger-pointing never went back as far as our church...I’m the one who obstructed it and defended our church, believing I was being led by godly men who would do no wrong.  I never suspected my pastor [Marty Machowski] would turncoat on the children and me, charging me with “failure to cooperate with reconciliation” of our family and ignoring the facts.

Here is the contact information for the Assistant District Attorney who’s been involved with CFC in other cases of alleged sexual abuse.  He may be only too glad to offer information.  I know he grieves for the women and children who have been hurt by our church.  Feel free to use my name as a reference. …

It’s a shame that my daughter would be required to testify.  This is MY issue with the church -- which I shielded her from at the time.  Much of what [my husband and her father] did to her, I was an eyewitness to and involved in trying to stop him.  So it’s a shame I can’t testify to those things.  However, perhaps supplying you with emails from the church will be second-best. …

Lord bless you.
XXX

The pretentions of Marty Machowski make me ill!  By endorsing the book, he champions himself as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse, when in fact; he, his church and his denomination have trampled upon the victims of sexual abuse.  The gross hypocrisy angers me.  Westminster Bookstore should pull his endorsement immediately!

I’ve written hundreds of pages on the deceitful and controlling practices of the pastors of Covenant Fellowship Church.  In particular, those of Mark Prater, Jared Mellinger and Dave Harvey before he left the church.  Marty Machowski is a new addition but he’s been on my radar screen for a long time.  Here are a few documented examples of their duplicity and heavy handedness.

What Does My Website Have in Common with Pornography?  Ask Jared Mellinger!
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM
 
Hardball
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Dave Harvey, the Number 2 Leader in Sovereign Grace Ministries, Steps Down from All Responsibilities
December 21, 2012 at 2:33 PM

All these men used to be friends and I played a role in their training for ministry.  It is hard to describe how far SGM has fallen.  Those with a semblance of integrity left the denomination.  That includes approximately ten thousand people.  And yet, those leaders that remain continue to commend themselves and condemn any who speak out against them including the victims of sexual abuse.  I am reminded of the Edomites to whom Jeremiah said, “The pride of your hearts has deceived you.” (Jer 49:16) 

On June 30, 2013, Machowski preached a message entitled, Judas the Betrayer.  In an altogether self-righteous manner (listen to the message), he cited Satan as the reason for Dave Harvey’s departure from Covenant Fellowship Church, churches leaving SGM, my blog, and the sex abuse lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries.  None of these were due to the sins of SGM leaders, the discipline of God, an effort to see justice and reform in SGM, or the righteous actions of victims seeking redress.  They were all the work of the devil.  

In fact, Machowski compared these to “the same opposition of the enemy” that Jesus faced when the devil entered Judas Iscariot’s heart (John 13:27).  Such is the proud and delusional thinking of Machowski.  

“Our enemy [Satan] prows around like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.  Have you noticed his handy work in our trials lately?  I’ve been here for 25 years as Jared said and I’ve seen the enemy and his lies and his tricks in season after season come against the church.  And those of you who have been here this whole time, you know exactly some of the events that I am referring to.  But in this last season we have seen raging disease attacking the people that we love and bringing them to premature death.  Marriages in some lives collapsing after years.  Losing two pastors [including Dave Harvey] from our team in two very different situations.  Some churches we love leaving SGM as we clarify our church leadership and our government.  Some of our children rebelling to follow the world.  Seeing gossip and slander [my blog and documents] fill this new cyber world somehow feeling like they are exonerated from the Word of God which says “Do everything without complaining” and “Gossip is wrong.”  Somehow they think that is a place where complaining and criticism is okay.  Those people completely blind to good fruit, they see only trial.  The lawsuit against Sovereign Grace, later then dismissed [but not on its merits].  You know, I’ve talked to some people, being that I’ve been here a while, and they ask me, “What’s going on?  What is going on here?”… I’ll tell you what is going on.  It is the same opposition of the enemy that we saw in that day.  In that day, Jesus knew what was going on.” [Marty Machowski, Judas the Betrayer, Covenant Fellowship Church, June 30, 2013, Minutes 25:45-28:17]

No one in SGM speaks of God’s discipline, judgment, or opposition.  They believe Satan is seeking to destroy them because they are so fruitful and righteous.  Just like he tried to destroy Jesus. 

I have no doubt Satan is at work in Sovereign Grace Ministries but it is due to their disobedience.  Listen to James.

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [9] Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Only when SGM does what is outlined in this text will any attempt to “resist the devil” be successful.  He needs to be resisted but that occurs when we submit ourselves to God in obedience.  Otherwise, he has access to our lives and churches.

The devil has established a strong hold in SGM because they’ve done nothing in these verses.  His grip has only tightened.  That is why they continue to deceive and be deceived.  Listen to Paul.

Eph 6:11, 14 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil…having fastened on the belt of truth.

The belt of truth is more than doctrinal truth.  It includes ethical truth embodied in honesty, integrity and accountability.  SGM has no belt.  That is one reason why it’s been overwhelmed by “the schemes of the devil.” 

Take for example Machowski’s reference to “The lawsuit against Sovereign Grace, later then dismissed.”  He leads the church to believe the lawsuit was dismissed because it was without merit when he knows full well the dismissal had nothing to do with merits of the lawsuit.  It had to do with statute of limitations and lack of jurisdiction.  I hate deception.

And consider the words of John.

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

When Sovereign Grace Ministries confesses and renounces their lies, the father of lies, will flee.  In the meanwhile, SGM leaders continue to deceive and cover up.  Most recently, Mark Prater put out a statment saying the horrors experienced by multiple victims of sex abuse in SGM were untrue.  He also said C.J. Mahaney and others never covered up those horrors as charged by the victims and their families.  That is a demonic scheme.  The father of lies is hard at work. 

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Conclusive Evidence Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, & Justin Taylor Never Read Sex Abuse Lawsuit against C.J. Mahaney

On May 24, 2013, Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung and Justin Taylor wrote a post on The Gospel Coalition website defending C.J. Mahaney against all charges in the sex abuse lawsuit.  They emphatically claimed there was no evidence of a cover up by Mahaney.  Here’s the problem – they never read the lawsuit!  

They are not alone in their travesty.  Al Mohler, Mark Dever and Ligon Duncan didn’t read the lawsuit either.  The evidence is conclusive.  These six men worked together with Mahaney in executing a sophisticated plan to vindicate him without examining the evidence.  Indeed, they intentionally ignored the evidence and distorted the evidence.  Never have I seen such a display of bias by national leaders in my 40 years of Christian ministry. 

I written these men on several occasions but they are unwilling to answer questions or be accountable for their actions.  They have defended a man who is responsible for the cover up of heinous crimes.  Don’t take my word for it.    Listen to these comments by Assistant States Attorney Jessica Hall in her opening statement at the Nathaniel Morales trial.  The cover up she describes occurred while Mahaney was the senior pastor at Covenant Life Church. 

Jessica Hall
Assistant State’s Attorney
Opening Statement
Monday, May 12, 2014

2:42:45-2:43:23 PM 

“And Sam ultimately did not keep quiet.  He did unfortunately wait until he was an adult and when he told people about the abuse as an adult he went to the church and he brought the abuse forward to the church and laid it on the doorstep and asked them to do something about it.   He assumed the church would do the right thing.  That they would report the abuse to the authorities.  That they would go to the police so that Mr. Morales would be held accountable for his actions.  But the church did not.  You will hear from witnesses in the church and from Mr. Bates himself that the church covered it up.  The church protected Mr. Morales.”

2:46:38-2:46:53 PM

“Jeremy will tell that always he wanted to do something about the abuse and he always wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t happen to anyone else but he thought going to the church authorities would be sufficient.  He had no idea that the church would cover up for Mr. Morales.  He had no idea that the church would protect a man who molested children.” 

2:50:05-2:50:35 PM

“And we are here today, ladies and gentlemen, in 2014 that this man [Nathaniel Morales] sexually molested three boys, Sam, Jeremy and Brian and when the abuse was occurring the boys didn’t tell.  And several years after the abuse ended and the abuse was disclosed to church authorities, the church did nothing.  They ignored the abuse.  The church pretended the abuse didn’t happen.  They accepted the defendant’s apology and went on with their lives.  They ignored the fact that heinous crimes had been committed.”

Carson, DeYoung and Taylor continue to stand by their statement despite the above and the fact they never read the Second Amended Complaint.  Their categorical defense of Mahaney remains on The Gospel Coalition website.  How can that be?    

I recently wrote Tim Keller’s Double Standard for Mark Driscoll.  It serves as another example of celebrity leaders failing to hold celebrity leaders accountable to the Bible from which they make a living.  It must end!  Leaders like Mahaney and Driscoll should have been removed from ministry for their lying, deceit and abusive leadership long ago.  Instead, they were promoted these past ten years like no one else in the evangelical Body of Christ.  They became venerated icons in a celebrity culture.  This was especially true in The Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel.  Powerful men promoted them and refused to hear, read, or act upon the evidence against them.  

I sincerely hope Carson, DeYoung, Taylor, Mohler, Dever and Duncan will acknowledge their passionate defense of Mahaney was filled with bias, error and prejudice.  They didn’t read the Second Amended Complaint, or if they did, covered up the evidence it contained.  Who will hold them accountable?  I fear no one.  They have protected someone who did not report suspected or known sex abusers to law enforcement for 30 years. 

The correspondence that follows is self-explanatory. 

From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 4:43 PM
To: Don Carson; Kevin DeYoung; Justin Taylor
Subject: Your Statement of Support for C.J.
Importance: High 

Don, Kevin, and Justin, 

I recently re-read your statement from May 24, 2013 entitled, “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit.”  As a result, I discovered two things that are extremely troubling.  One, you never read the Second Amended Complaint when you publicly exonerated C.J. of all charges in the lawsuit.  Two, you used an antiquated quote by C.J.’s lawyer without attribution that badly misled your readership.  I will come to these charges shortly.  First, a little review. 

Sixteen months ago, you concluded the following in your statement of support for C.J. on The Gospel Coalition website.  

“So the entire legal strategy was dependent on a conspiracy theory that was more hearsay than anything like reasonable demonstration of culpability.  As to the specific matter of C. J. participating in some massive cover-up, the legal evidence was so paltry (more like non-existent) that the judge did not think a trial was even warranted.” 

This categorical vindication of C.J., disparaging critique of the lawyers for the victims of sexual abuse alleging a conspiracy, and misrepresentation of the judge’s ruling was deplorable.  I refuted each aspect of your conclusion and a host of other errors in my blog post, Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung and Justin Taylor Defend C.J. Mahaney against Charges in SGM Sex Abuse Scandal.  I’d recommend you re-read it.   

Five months ago, I sent you this appeal asking to interact.  No one responded. 

Multiple Trials of Nathaniel Morales Set to Begin
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM 

An appeal.  Al Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, John MacArthur, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor - please attend the May 12-16 criminal trial of Nathaniel Morales for the sexual abuse of boys in C.J.’s former church under C.J.’s leadership.  C.J. knew full well about these abuses but did nothing.  He did not report to law enforcement, alert others in harm’s way, or stop the predator.  As a result, Morales went on to abuse other youth in other states including stepsons.  This is all due to C.J.’s cover up of his [Morales’] crimes.  Honesty, C.J. should be put in jail, not in the box seats at T4G.  Your support of him is a betrayal of all the victims in Sovereign Grace Ministries.  Like C.J., you need to repent! 

A request.  I want to meet or video conference with the nine of you in private in order to present the overwhelming evidence of a widespread conspiracy to commit and cover up sex abuse in Covenant Life Church and Sovereign Grace Ministries.  Your support of C.J. is unconscionable.  This should meet with no objection if you are interested in the truth.  C.J. is welcome to participate.  I am also glad to talk individually.  Please contact me at abrentdetwiler@gmail.com

I pleaded to talk or meet with you before the Nathaniel Morales trial this past May in order to present some of the evidence for his crimes and for C.J.’s role in the conspiracy to cover up those crimes.  You ignored the offer.  I trust by now you have listen to the audio or read the transcript from the court proceedings.  The evidence for a conspiracy is overwhelming.  That’s why the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County, Maryland repeatedly charged Covenant Life Church with covering up the crimes committed against Sam Bates, Brian Wolohan, and Jeremy Cook.  Grant Layman, who reported to C.J. and is his brother-in-law, also gave sworn testimony of a long term conspiracy.  So did the victims and other witnesses. 

And yet it appears you have learned nothing from the trial.  Your statement affirming C.J.’s innocence remains on The Gospel Coalition website.  It should have been removed, heavily edited, or a new statement written in keeping with the legal evidence now readily available.  I hope you will quickly repudiate what you wrote.  This is not the reason for my writing however. 

I want to address new concerns that arise from these five sentences in “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit.” 

[1] “The plaintiffs’ counsel therefore alleged a wide-ranging ‘conspiracy theory,’ hoping that this would overcome the legal requirements regarding the time between when the alleged crimes took place and the filing of the civil lawsuit.  [2] This is apparently what the judge dismissed, determining that it would not even proceed to a trial.  [3] If you listen carefully to the attorneys’ explanations of the case on radio programs and other venues, they essentially acknowledged that they had no proof of a conspiracy.  [4] As the motion to dismiss points out, although C. J. Mahaney is named as an individual defendant, ‘the sole allegation against him in the Complaint is that he founded Sovereign Grace Ministries (“SGM”) and is currently its President. … [5] He is not specifically identified or alleged to have performed any other act or omission throughout the 143-paragraph Complaint.’”

Your first sentence is correct.  The plaintiffs’ counsel, Susan Burke and William O’Neil, “alleged a wide-ranging ‘conspiracy theory” to overcome the statute of limitations.   

Your second sentence is incorrect.  The May 18 dismissal by Judge Sharon Burrell in Maryland was based solely on the statute of limitation for Maryland plaintiffs and the lack of jurisdiction for Virginia plaintiffs.  She said so in her ruling which you did not read per your own admission in the statement.  The dismissal had nothing to do with any “apparent” lack of proof regarding the conspiracy.  I deal with this flagrant error in the blog post cited above.  

Your third sentence is absurd.  You claim Burke and O’Neil “essentially acknowledged that they had no proof of a conspiracy.”  That is a complete misrepresentation of the truth.    

Your fourth sentence is misleading if not deceptive.  It is one of two reasons for writing. 

In the second sentence, you say “the judge dismissed.”  In the fourth sentence, you say “the motion to dismiss points out.”  Most people reading your statement are to going to think the judge’s dismissal is the motion to dismiss but in fact, “the motion to dismiss” you quote has absolutely nothing to do with the ruling by Judge Burrell.  This leads the reader to believe the judge said, or at least agreed with, sentence four.    

“The sole allegation against him [Mahaney] in the Complaint [lawsuit] is that he founded Sovereign Grace Ministries (“SGM”) and is currently its President. … He is not specifically identified or alleged to have performed any other act or omission throughout the 143-paragraph Complaint.”   

As you know, this quote doesn’t come from Judge Burrell, it comes from one of C.J.’s lawyers, Thomas Patrick Ryan, and it is found in a 25 page pretrial appeal to Judge Burrell to dismiss the lawsuit.  Here is the relevant excerpt. 

Memorandum of Grounds and Authorities in Support of Motion to Dismiss Defendants Covenant Life Church, Inc., Charles Joseph Mahaney, Gary Ricucci, John Loftness and Grant Layman 

Most of Plaintiffs’ allegations fail to specify which Defendant is alleged to have performed specific acts.  For example, although Charles Joseph Mahaney is named as an individual Defendant, the sole allegation against him in the Complaint is that he founded Sovereign Grace Ministries (“SGM”) and is currently its President. (Complaint 13)  He is not specifically identified or alleged to have performed any other act or omission throughout the 143-paragraph Complaint. (p. 3) 

Respectfully submitted, 

MCCARTHY WILLSON LLP 

Thomas Patrick Ryan 

Attorneys for Defendants Covenant Life Church, Inc., Charles Joseph Mahaney, Gary Ricucci, John Loftness and Grant Layman 

This legal memorandum was filed with Judge Sharon Burrell and copied to eight lawyers from seven firms on February 25, 2013.  That is three months before her ruling to dismiss on May 18.  Yet, you lead people to believe this statement was made at the time of the dismissal by Burrell.  It was not.  

Furthermore, the memorandum was not publicly released by Sovereign Grace Ministries and this quote was never used by SGM in their press releases.  Your readership had no idea from where the quote came.  Obviously, C.J. or his lawyers provided it and you quoted it without giving context and background.  

Don, Kevin, and Justin, why in the world are you quoting the opinion of C.J.’s lawyer?  Why are you affirming his bogus statement as true?  Why don’t you tell your readers who is the source of the quote?  Why do you make it appear like this quote is from the judge or the position of the judge?  

Moreover, this memorandum by Thomas Patrick Ryan was based upon the First Amended Complaint which was filed on January 11, 2013.  It was not based upon the Second Amended Complaint which was filed on May 14, 2013.  This brings me to sentence five. 

“He [Mahaney] is not specifically identified or alleged to have performed any other act or omission throughout the 143-paragraph Complaint.’” 

C.J. is “not specifically identified” in the 143-paragraph First Amended Complaint but he is specifically identified in the 218-paragraph Second Amended Complaint.  For example: 

Complaint 109.  Defendants Ecelbarger, Gallo, Mullery and V. Hinders, conspiring together and with Defendants Mahaney and Loftness, violated their mandatory reporting obligations and conspired together to cover up [name withheld pending court ruling on defense motion]’s molestation of children. 

Complaint 112.  Defendants Ecelbarger, Mullery, V. Hinders and D. Hinders conspired with Defendant Loftness, Mahaney, and upon information and belief the other individual Defendants to cover up [name withheld pending court ruling on defense motion]’s ongoing molestation of young children and to violate the laws on mandatory reporting. Defendant Mahaney and Loftness imposed “church discipline” on [name withheld pending court ruling on defense motion] for failing to control his [name withheld pending court ruling on defense motion].  This conspiracy remains ongoing. 

Complaint 138.  Discovery will show that Defendants Mullery, David Hinder and Vince Hinders spoke with Maryland-based Defendants Mahaney and Loftness, and together conspired to prevent any reporting to the secular authorities. 

Complaint 157.  Rather than report the ongoing abuse to the secular authorities or take any steps to stop the abuse, Defendants informed the father that his children had reported the abuse.  This led to further abuse by the father.  In exchange for the conspiracy of silence, the abusive father paid to send Defendants Mahaney, Ricucci and Layman and their families on vacation to the Kiawah Islands, South Carolina. 

You didn’t know C.J. was identified by name in the Second Amended Complaint because you did not read the Second Amended Complaint.  Therefore, you had no idea what evidence it contained.  That is incomprehensible.  Proof of a conspiracy fills its 46 pages.  

This abject ignorance was overcome when I sent you, “Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung & Justin Taylor Defend C.J. Mahaney against Charges in SGM Sex Abuse Scandal” the day after your wrote, “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit.”  That was five months ago and yet you have not corrected your error.  Why is that?  Are you concerned that a correction would bring attention to the fact you didn’t read the SAC and quoted a lawyer without attribution in a manner that gave the impression it came from the judge or represented the ruling of the judge? 

I’d also like to ask how you came upon this specific quote.  You used it in your statement.     

“One of the so-called discernment blogs—often trafficking more in speculation and gossip than edifying discernment—reprinted a comment from a woman who issued this ominous wish, ‘I hope [this lawsuit] ruins the entire organization [of SGM] and every single perpetrator and co-conspirator financially, mentally and physically.’” 

I wrote this in response. 

“There are thousands of comments on SGMSurvivors and of course these men select this one as though representative of all the comments.  Wow, they must think we are just plain stupid.”  

In retrospect, I don’t think you selected this quote.  I think you were provided this quote by C.J.  Is that true?  I can’t imagine you combed through thousands of comments on SGMSurvivors and happened upon this specific comment for your blog post. 

Would you answer another question?  C.J. and his lawyers were obviously providing you select material.  Have you asked C.J. why he didn’t provide you the Second Amended Complaint when you were working on your statement of categorical support?  Or did he provide it but the three of you chose not to read it?  I doubt that is the case.  I am left to conclude you were without the Second Amended Complaint by C.J.’s design.  He withheld it from you. 

Furthermore, I can’t imagine you posted the statement without C.J. (and probably his lawyers) seeing it first.  Tell me I’m wrong?  That means C.J. purposely let you publish information he knew to be false.  In other words, he knew he was identified by name in the Second Amended Complaint but he did not stop you from saying he was unidentified by name in the lawsuit.  That is the way he operates.  At the very least, he should have corrected your flagrant error the same day you posted and asked you to change it immediately.  Instead, he let the deception that he is not mentioned in the lawsuit continue as it does to this very day.  

This brings me to another important point.  In “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit” you give the following reason for posting. 

“Over the past several months we often weighed the idea of writing a statement like this.  Every time we concluded that caution was the better course.  It is generally unwise to make public comments concerning a civil case that is being considered for trial or currently under deliberation.  But now that most of the complaints filed in the SGM Ministries civil lawsuit have been dismissed, it seems an appropriate time to explain our silence and some of our thinking behind it.” 

This explanation is a half-truth at best.  It gives the impression that the three of you decided to write this statement at this exact time on your own and that solely due to the dismissal.  You know full well that is not the whole true. 

In fact, you were working closely with C.J., SGM leaders, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, and Ligon Duncan in executing a carefully orchestrated plan to commend C.J. and condemn me.  That is undeniable.  I’d love to see all your emails from May 2013.  

Here’s a brief chronological overview of events. 

Oct 12, 2012 - Original Complaint filed – 3 plaintiffs, 115 paragraphs 

Jan 11, 2013 - First Amended Complaint filed – 8 plaintiffs, 143 paragraphs 

Feb 23, 2013 - Memorandum of Grounds and Authorities in Support of Motion to Dismiss Defendants Covenant Life Church, Inc., Charles Joseph Mahaney, Gary Ricucci, John Loftness and Grant Layman 

May 14, 2013 - Second Amended Complaint filed – 11 plaintiffs, 218 paragraphs

May 18, 2013 - Second Amended Complaint dismissed by Judge Sharon Burrell due to statute of limitations and lack of jurisdiction but the not substance of allegations in lawsuit 

May 23, 2013 - “Statement from Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, and Albert Mohler” – posted on the Together for the Gospel website at 10:40 PM 

May 24, 2013 - “A Statement from Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor - Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit” – posted on The Gospel Coalition website at 7:00 AM

May 24, 2013 - At their inaugural meeting, 50 out of 62 national elders on the Council of Elders for SGM approved a motion to excommunicate me and “vigorously reiterate our support of C.J. Mahaney as a qualified minister of the gospel.” 

May 25, 2013 - I posted and sent you “Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung and Justin Taylor Defend C.J. Mahaney against Charges in SGM Sex Abuse Scandal.” 

As demonstrated above, three major events occurred in less than 24 hours.  Mark, Lig and Al posted their statement.  You posted your statement.  SGM condemned me and commended C.J.  This was not due to some unusual providence of God.  It was due to C.J. and his manipulation of powerful leaders in and outside of SGM like yourselves.    

This is also clear from the mirror image content found in the statement of support by Mark, Lig and Al.  For example, they use the same half-truth explanation for writing as you did. 

“We are friends who have been brought together for the gospel.  Over the last several months, we have wanted to speak publicly to the issues that have related to our friend C. J. Mahaney.  A Maryland judge’s recent action to dismiss a lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries offers us the first opportunity, and responsibility, to speak to this issue.”  

They also paraphrase the quote by C.J.’s lawyer provided you in “Memorandum of Grounds and Authorities in Support of Motion to Dismiss Defendants Covenant Life Church, Inc., Charles Joseph Mahaney, Gary Ricucci, John Loftness and Grant Layman.” 

“A Christian leader, charged with any credible, serious, and direct wrongdoing, would usually be well advised to step down from public ministry.  No such accusation of direct wrongdoing was ever made against C. J. Mahaney.  Instead, he was charged with founding a ministry and for teaching doctrines and principles that are held to be true by vast millions of American evangelicals.  For this reason, we, along with many others, refused to step away from C. J. in any way.  We do not regret that decision.”  

Like you, this quote also reveals that Mark, Lig and Al did not read the Second Amended Complaint.  I’ve written them regarding the same. 

I imagine you were all in a great hurry to accomplish your mission since the Second Amended Complaint was dismissed four days after it was filed.  That caught everyone by surprise.  There must have been a great rush to put together and execute this plan that largely failed.  People saw through the conspiracy.  For your effort, you received a lot of blow back for the evident bias and partiality on display in the statement.  So did Mark, Lig and Al for their statement. 

There is, however, one part of your statement with which I wholeheartedly agree.  It is this. 

“It needs to be said in no uncertain terms that the actual acts alleged in the lawsuit are utterly evil—an offense against a holy God and an act of hatred against innocent children.  They are horrifying and revolting. … Pastors who learn of such abuses should contact the appropriate authorities immediately, institute church discipline, and apply the whole counsel of God (including both law and gospel). … Furthermore, pastors are responsible to obey all mandatory reporting laws, alerting law-enforcement officials and fully cooperating with all investigations.  This is not an alternative to church discipline and gospel counsel, but a necessary and complementary role of divinely instituted civil authorities.” 

By now, you should know C.J. did NONE of the above in relation to Nathaniel Morales who was convicted on seven counts of sex abuse/offense against four victims and is currently serving a 40 year sentence.  By now, you should also know that Morales continued to abuse boys in Covenant Life Church and around the nation for 20 years because C.J. did not immediately report him to law enforcement.  By now, you should further know that the conspiracy to cover up is not confined to Nathaniel Morales.  

Brothers, you have grievously erred in the past.  I sincerely hope you have the humility and integrity to acknowledge your errors and begin to investigate C.J. without partiality and favoritism in submission to the authority of Scripture (1 Tim 5:20).  It’s time to read the Second Amended Complaint, court transcripts and my blog.  It is time for us to talk.  It is time for me to put you in touch with victims and witnesses.  It is time for you to exercise godly leadership in the Body of Christ and stop being used by C.J. like pawns and puppets.  You cannot continue to blindly support C.J. like Kevin did recently when he preached at C.J.’s church on August 3.  It must end. 

“Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit” should be not be on The Gospel Coalition website because it promotes a caricature of reality.  The fact it remains is clear testimony you have not dealt with past evidence or researched new evidence.  You’ve let stand a statement that absolves C.J. of all wrong doing including crimes I believe the evidence shows he committed.  That is incredulous.     

I also hope you will be honest with your readership and tell them the following. 

  1. You did not read the Second Amendment Complaint before posting “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit.” 
  2. You quoted C.J.’s lawyer without attribution giving readers a false impression. 
  3. You worked with C.J. and others as part of a plan to justify him and condemn me. 

Right after the trials of Nathaniel Morales in May, C.J. put out a statement claiming he was innocent of all wrong doing but could not “speak freely” in his defense because of the “ongoing civil lawsuit.”  The lawsuit is over.  It was closed on September 22.    

“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.”  (May 22, 2014)

Now that the lawsuit is behind, C.J. doesn’t have to remain silent.  He can break his two years of silence and experience the extraordinarily satisfying realty of speaking publically to the specific accusations against him and others like John Loftness and Gary Ricucci in the lawsuit.  And yet three weeks have gong by but he has said nothing. 

Don, Kevin, and Justin, you’ve been beguiled by a man who has protected sexual predators by transgressing mandatory reporting laws and conspired with others to cover up their heinous crimes.  It is inconceivable that you believe the sole allegation against C.J. in the lawsuit was he founded Sovereign Grace Ministries and served as its President.  

Proverbs 17:15 is strong medicine but it applies.  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.”  That is what you have done in relation to C.J. and in relation to those victims who have charged him with a conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse they personally experienced. 

I sincerely hope you take responsibility for your actions, rectify the past, make amends, and help C.J. do the same.  As always, I am willing to meet or talk with you as individuals or a group.  Feel free to email at abrentdetwiler@gmail.com or call me at XXX. 

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From: Brent Detwiler 
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:06 AM
To: Don Carson; Kevin DeYoung; Justin Taylor
Subject: Questions Regarding Reading & Use of SAC
Importance: High

Don, Kevin, and Justin, 

Two weeks ago I asked you the following questions.  

“Would you answer another question?  C.J. and his lawyers were obviously providing you select material.  Have you asked C.J. why he didn’t provide you the Second Amended Complaint when you were working on your statement of categorical support?  Or did he provide it but the three of you chose not to read it?  I doubt that is the case.  I am left to conclude you were without the Second Amended Complaint by C.J.’s design.  He withheld it from you.” 

I graciously concluded you didn’t read the Second Amended Complaint (SAC) because C.J. did not provide you the SAC.  That may, or may not, be true.  I’d still like to know but here’s what I recently discovered – I sent you the SAC!  Stupid me for forgetting!  Thank God for written records.     

The SAC was filed in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on May 14.  I sent you a copy of the lawsuit that very day and pointed out “The amended filing far exceeds the previous filings in detail, breadth and horror.” 

From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:41 PM
To: Danny Akin; Thabitti Anyabwile; Voddie Baucham; Alistair Begg; John F. Bettler; Jon Bloom; Ian Booth; Jerry Bridges; Mike Bullmore; Robert C. Cannada Jr.; Don Carson; Matt Chandler; Tim Challies; Bryan Chapell; Lane Dennis; Mark Dever; Kevin DeYoung; Mark Driscoll; Iain M. Duguid; Ligon Duncan; Sinclair Ferguson; John F. Frame; Richard B. Gaffin; Mark Galli; W. Robert Godfrey; Wayne Grudem; Michael A. G. Haykin; Dennis Hollinger; Michael S. Horton; Robert Jones; Douglas F. Kelly; Simon J. Kistemaker; Ted Kober; Andreas Johannes Kostenberger; Tim Keller; Edgar Keinath; Timothy S. Lane; John MacArthur; Michael Milton; Albert Mohler; Russell D. Moore; Stephen Nichols; Moss Nplha; Marvin Olasky; Ray Ortlund; Burk Parsons; Paige Patterson; Richard Phillips; John Piper; David Platt; David Powlison; Vern S. Poythress; Guy Richardson; Phil Ryken; Ken Sande; Pete Schemm; Thomas R. Schreiner; Alan Schuster; Scotty Smith; Winston T. Smith; R.C. Sproul; Ed Stetzer; Sam Storms; Justin Taylor; Tullian Tchivdjian; Bryce Thomas; Derek W. H. Thomas; Paul David Tripp; Carl L. Trueman; Gene Edward Veith; Donald S. Whitney; Bruce A. Ware; Stephen J. Wellum; David Wells; Edward T. Welsh; Luder G. Whitlock; John D. Woodbridge
Subject: Breaking News! Second Amended Lawsuit File Today. 

I’ve attached the “Second Amended Class Action Complaint and Jury Demand” that was filed today along with my blog post.  The amended filing far exceeds the previous filings in detail, breadth and horror. 

Three days later, I sent you more information regarding the SAC.  I said “I have every reason to believe the plaintiffs accounts are true as provided in the 2nd Amended Complaint.  I cannot possibly overstate how serious this class action lawsuit is against C.J., John Loftness (former Chairman of the Board), SGM and the other Defendants.” 

From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2013 1:20 PM
To: Danny Akin; Thabitti Anyabwile; Voddie Baucham; Alistair Begg; John F. Bettler; Jon Bloom; Ian Booth; Jerry Bridges; Mike Bullmore; Robert C. Cannada Jr.; Don Carson; Matt Chandler; Tim Challies; Bryan Chapell; Lane Dennis; Mark Dever; Kevin DeYoung; Mark Driscoll; Iain M. Duguid; Ligon Duncan; Sinclair Ferguson; John F. Frame; Richard B. Gaffin; Mark Galli; W. Robert Godfrey; Wayne Grudem; Michael A. G. Haykin; Dennis Hollinger; Michael S. Horton; Robert Jones; Douglas F. Kelly; Simon J. Kistemaker; Ted Kober; Andreas Johannes Kostenberger; Tim Keller; Edgar Keinath; Timothy S. Lane; John MacArthur; Michael Milton; Albert Mohler; Russell D. Moore; Stephen Nichols; Moss Nplha; Marvin Olasky; Ray Ortlund; Burk Parsons; Paige Patterson; Richard Phillips; John Piper; David Platt; David Powlison; Vern S. Poythress; Guy Richardson; Phil Ryken; Ken Sande; Pete Schemm; Thomas R. Schreiner; Alan Schuster; Scotty Smith; Winston T. Smith; R.C. Sproul; Ed Stetzer; Sam Storms; Justin Taylor; Tullian Tchivdjian; Bryce Thomas; Derek W. H. Thomas; Paul David Tripp; Carl L. Trueman; Gene Edward Veith; Donald S. Whitney; Bruce A. Ware; Stephen J. Wellum; David Wells; Edward T. Welsh; Luder G. Whitlock; John D. Woodbridge
Subject: Everything You Need to Know about “American Evangelicalism's Biggest Sex Scandal” 

Gentlemen, 

Here is a 4½ minute investigative report by the ABC news affiliate, WJLA – Channel 7, in Washington D.C.  It was broadcast last night.  Three of the plaintiffs are interviewed.  Susan Burke, co-counsel, is also interviewed.  I am intimately familiar the class action lawsuit.  I have every reason to believe the plaintiffs accounts are true as provided in the 2nd Amended Complaint.  I cannot possibly overstate how serious this class action lawsuit is against C.J., John Loftness (former Chairman of the Board), SGM and the other Defendants. 

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/05/sovereign-grace-ministries-class-action-civil-lawsuit-involving-child-sex-abuse-88894.html 

I’ve attached my post from this morning entitled, “Everything You Need to Know about ‘American Evangelicalism’s Biggest Sex Scandal to Date.’”  I hope you will read it.  Here is the introduction. 

“The 46 page “Second Amended Class Action Complaint and Jury Demand” against Sovereign Grace Ministries and other Defendants was filed on Tuesday.  It contains 218 horrific complaints.  I am currently working on a post that will cover the latest developments but before I post the new material, I want to encourage everyone to go back and review the old material. 

“It has been exactly seven months since the original complaint was filed.  I’ve been covering developments every step of the way and doing all I can to alert leaders in the Body of Christ so they can benefit and take the action needed to stop pedophiles and protect families in their churches, institutions, and ministries.  

“I am constantly contacted for information.  I’ve put together this overview so people can have a comprehensive knowledge of all that has transpired over the past seven months.  It is a short book but one that needs reading.  I agree with radio talk show host, Janet Mefferd, when she says this is ‘American Evangelicalism’s biggest sex scandal to date.’”

I sent you the SAC on May 14.  I followed up with you on May 17.  You wrote your post on May 24.  Therefore, you had the lawsuit for ten days!  That issue is resolved but more serious issues arise as a result.  Specifically, did you choose not to read the SAC and thereby refuse to examine the evidence?  Or did you read the SAC but deceptively withhold the evidence it contained?  

I have appealed to you men so many times.  Every appeal has fallen on rocky soil.  Never have you been willing to talk or meet to hear any of the evidence against C.J.  You’ve refused to be just and objective and now you refuse to be accountable when asked legitimate questions about your own actions.  You have not followed 1 Timothy 5:21 or 1 John 1:7.  Please walk in the light.  Please be accountable in the same way to have taught others to be accountable. 

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From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:37 PM
To: Mark Dever; Ligon Duncan; Albert Mohler
Subject: Important Issues Concerning the SAC, Morales, & The Documents
Importance: High  

Al, Lig and Mark,

I now have conclusive proof you never read the Second Amended Complaint when you exonerated C.J. of all wronging attributed to him in the Second Amended Complaint.  That is incomprehensible. 

Here is but one piece of evidence from your May 23, 2013 letter that was posted on the T4G website.

“A Christian leader, charged with any credible, serious, and direct wrongdoing, would usually be well advised to step down from public ministry.  No such accusation of direct wrongdoing was ever made against C. J. Mahaney. … For this reason, we, along with many others, refused to step away from C. J. in any way.” 

C.J. is clearly and repeatedly accused of “credible, serious and direct wrongdoing” in the Second Amended Complaint.  You didn’t know this because you never read it.  You based your comments above on the antiquated First Amended Complaint that came out four months earlier. 

I trust by now you have done what you did not do before concerning the criminal conspiracy.  Mastered the facts and studied the evidence.  I specifically have in mind the court transcripts from the two trials of Nathaniel Morales this past May.  The State of Maryland is well aware that C.J. covered up the sexual abuse of children in Covenant Life Church. 

I have often written you asking to talk by phone or meet in person.  You have never responded to me.  Once again, I ask that we talk or meet.  You men have been foolish and reckless in your support of C.J. because you have refused to hear the evidence against him. 

Al and Lig, when I sent out The Documents in July 2011 you immediately condemned me and condemned the documents which contained 600 pages of carefully presented evidence. 

Lig, you said on your blog,

“It would have been very easy for the leadership of SGM to ignore and dismiss these charges, because so many of them are so evidently self-serving and spurious accusations.” (“A Word About C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries,” July 12, 2011)

Al, you said,

“I always have had only the highest estimation of C.J. Mahaney as a man and a minister.  That continues absolutely unchanged.  There is nothing in this current situation which would leave me to have even the slightest pause of confidence in him.  There is nothing disqualifying in terms of anything that is disclosed in this [i.e., in the documents].  It’s just evidence we knew all along, that C.J. is human but a deeply committed Christian and a visionary Christian leader.   Detwiler has an obvious vendetta against C.J.” (The Courier-Journal, July 12, 2011)

Here’s my question for both of you men.  Did you read Response Regarding Friendship & Doctrine, A Final Appeal, Concluding Remarks and The Untold Story?

In your case Al, pastors at Covenant Life Church told people you didn’t read these documents before you justified C.J. and condemned me.  Is that true? 

Lig, if you read the documents, how could you possibly call them “spurious accusations”?  The documents are anything but spurious.  They are filled with carefully presented evidence based on primary source material.

Would the three of you kindly arrange a time when we can talk.  My number is XXX.  I’d like to discuss how best to acknowledge you did not read the lawsuit.  I’d also like to hear your thoughts on the evidence presented at the Morales trials and get answers to my questions above about The Documents.

These are just and reasonable requests.  I hope you will respond.

Brent

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From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 2:25 PM
To: Albert Mohler; Mark Dever; Ligon Duncan
Subject: Follow Up on Reading The Documents & SAC

Al, Lig and Mark, 

Two months ago, I wrote asking that we please speak by phone.  You did not respond to my request demonstrating an unwillingness to be open, honest or accountable. 

I said the following in my August 22 email to you. 

“C.J. is clearly and repeatedly accused of “credible, serious and direct wrongdoing” in the Second Amended Complaint.  You didn’t know this because you never read it.  You based your comments above on the antiquated First Amended Complaint that came out four months earlier.” 

I am still shocked you didn’t read the Second Amended Complaint (SAC) even though I sent it to you the day it was filed on May 14.  I also followed up with more information about the SAC on May 17.  Despite this you did not read the SAC when you vindicated C.J. of all charges on May 23. … 

Each of you have violated the solemn charge laid down by Paul in the sight God, Christ and the angels by transgressing the rules for judging C.J. – no bias (favoritism) and no partiality.  

1 Tim 5:21 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging [NASB without bias], doing nothing from partiality.” 

Al and Lig, you have also refused to walk in the light and be honest with me.  You will not tell me whether you read The Documents before you condemned them and me.  

The three of you have taught others to be accountable but you are unwilling to be accountable.  Like C.J. you won’t answer questions or acknowledge wrong doing.  Some day, I hope you will be honest about the fact you never read the 46 page lawsuit and therefore recklessly asserted that “No such accusation of direct wrongdoing was ever made against C. J. Mahaney.”

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