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Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung and Justin Taylor Defend C.J. Mahaney Against Charges in SGM Sex Abuse Scandal

Theologian Don Carson, pastor Kevin DeYoung and blogger Justin Taylor must have passed the bar examination.  Yesterday they became defense lawyers for C.J. Mahaney on behalf of The Gospel Coalition.  In their first case, they used their inscrutable legal genius to absolve him of all crimes in the SGM sex scandal and all transgressions in the SGM leadership scandal.  It turns out C.J. is the victim according to these spiritual leaders turned legal jurists.    

But wait, let’s examine their arguments before we accept their rulings!

In what follows, I quote from their statement, “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit” and provide a response.  


A Statement from Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor
Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM (CT) 

Over the past several months we have remained publicly silent about the class-action lawsuit filed against Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), which alleged a conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse. 

Response 1 

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An Appeal for Evidence – Contact Information

There are criminal investigations going on related to the crimes alleged in The Second Amended Complaint against Sovereign Grace Ministries and other Defendants.  They range from obstruction of justice to rape. 

The on-going collection of evidence is vital in the prosecution of each case.  Please contact Detective Sally Magee of the Family Crimes Division at the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland at 240-773-5400 with information.  She can also be emailed at  She is heading up the investigation in that jurisdiction but can provide contact information for other jurisdictions. 

The Plaintiffs’ lawyers should also be contacted with additional evidence as soon as possible.      

Susan L. Burke
1000 Potomac Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007-1105
(202) 386-9622 

William T. O’Neil
7500 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 1375
Bethesda, MD 20814
(202) 684-7140 

I realize there are additional victims and witnesses who are undecided about coming forward for a wide range of reasons (e.g., finances, time off, peer pressure, fear of retaliation, etc.).  Please don’t be deterred by these obstacles.  You may suffer but your action will please God and serve the good of others.     

One final comment.  I know a few victims no longer confess the Christian faith.  It is still so important for you to speak up and get your voice back.  If you remain silent these predators will not stop.  Please take a stand. These abusers need to be removed from their homes, neighborhoods and churches.  You can play a big part in making sure that happens. 

Speaking up will also help you find some closure.  Silence suffocates.  I know.  I remained silent about other forms of abuse in SGM for too long.  It eats at you.  There is freedom in doing what's right.  You'll be at greater peace knowing you have stopped evil.   

No one has asked or prompted me to put out this appeal for evidence.   

Thank you


Postscript (April 13, 2014)

The contact information above is now obsolete.  If you are a victim, witness, or someone with information, please contact me at and I will put you in contact with the proper authorities or those that can help and suppport you.


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