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An Appeal to National Leaders for Action Against C.J. Mahaney & Sovereign Grace Ministries, Inc.

Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. continues to put out their incredulous lies as is evident in their latest statement on Tuesday, “A Response to Allegations Against Sovereign Grace Churches.” 

In reply, “[Rachael] Denhollander said she has not personally heard from Sovereign Grace and characterized its response Tuesday as ‘full of misinformation and misdirection.’  She added that it ‘only confirms the need for an outside investigation.’”  So true! 

Read this article by The Washington Post. 

This former gymnast raised an army to take on Larry Nassar. Can she take on sex abuse in churches next?
By Lori Johnston February 15 at 5:35 AM

I also agree with what Rachael’s husband said on his Twitter account.

Jacob Denhollander‏ @JJ_Denhollander  Feb 14, 2018

The irony of this is that SGM has repeatedly implied Rachael is being misleading, bearing false witness, that she has “zeal without knowledge,” and that she doesn’t know the facts - all without asking her what evidence she has and what she knows. 

Keep digging, guys. 

I wrote two evidentiary articles this week as a partial response for those interested in real facts, not fake facts (as though there were such a thing) put out by SGC.  One article proves the conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse at Covenant Life Church under C.J. Mahaney, et al.  The other proves the same at Covenant Fellowship Church under Dave Harvey, et al. 

C.J. Mahaney, Covenant Life Church & the Conspiracy to Cover-up the Sexual Abuse of Children
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 12:42PM 

Sarah Kacala Speaks Out Against Covenant Fellowship Church for Trying to Stop Her from Exposing & Prosecuting Sex Abusers
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:38PM

In their statement on Tuesday, the SGC Leadership Team went so far as to condemn FIVE victims in the lawsuit for making up fabricated stories of “sensational” sexual abuse.  That is half of them.  In other words, Mark Prater, Mickey Connolly, Bob Kauflin, Jeff Purswell, et al. accused five brave souls who came forward of being lying scoundrels.  Is anything more despicable?  I have interacted with these victims and/or their families.  I know their stories like the back of my hand.  They are not making anything up. 

I also find the supportive response to the SGC statement of national leaders like Justin Taylor and Ray Ortlund profoundly disturbing. 

Justin Taylor ‏Verified account @between2worlds
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Sovereign Grace: “Here we will seek to address the major questions and concerns many have expressed, along with misperceptions some have regarding these issues.”  I found this statement to be careful and helpful, and I commend it to you.
7:30 PM - 13 Feb 2018 

Ray Ortlund‏ @rayortlund Feb 13
To be received and respected as a statement of careful integrity and forthright humility: A Response to Allegations Against Sovereign Grace Churches

Kevin DeYoung‏Verified account @RevKevDeYoung Feb 13
I’m grateful for this careful response and grateful for Sovereign Grace.

These men have not acted with integrity in the past.  They are not acting with discernment now.  Further, they are putting out their "careful" and coordinated talking points on behalf of SGC.

Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung and Justin Taylor Defend C.J. Mahaney Against Charges in SGM Sex Abuse Scandal
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:51AM

Conclusive Evidence Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, & Justin Taylor Never Read Sex Abuse Lawsuit against C.J. Mahaney
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:41PM

Conclusive Evidence the Investigation of C.J. Mahaney’s Confessed Sins by Kevin DeYoung, Ray Ortlund, & Carl Trueman Was Thoroughly Corrupt
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:54PM

The leaders of SGC have constantly lied to its members and used flattery to endear, or should I say, ensnare, national leaders who cover up for them.  They have deceptive (“double”) hearts and believe they will prevail over those who call them to account with their lips and tongues in which they trust.  Yet, the Lord in his power and holiness has cut them off time after time.  

Psalm 12:1-3 Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.  Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.  May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, [4] those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” 

C.J. Mahaney must not speak at Together for the Gospel 2018.  Bob Kauflin must not lead worship.  And Sovereign Grace Ministries, Inc. must not be promoted by the likes of Mark Dever, Al Mohler and Ligon Duncan.  It is time for national leaders to take godly action and call for an outside investigation. 

Godly ones – faithful ones - truthful ones have almost vanished.  Save, O LORD! 

P.S. I sent this to over 100 national leaders in the Body of Christ. 

Postscript – Feb 20, 2017 

I’ve known Jared Mellinger from the day he was born – literally.  His father, Ken Mellinger used to be a friend and a pastor I oversaw.  The crooked path they have chosen to take with SGC breaks my heart.     

Jared is the senior pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church.  He replaced Dave Harvey.  Ken is on the Executive Committee (aka Board of Directors) for SGC. 

Jared put out this extraordinary piece of mendacity on his Twitter account last Tuesday.  

Jared Mellinger‏ @JMellinger  Feb 13

This statement [by SGC] explains that one confirmed case of abuse in the civil lawsuit was not reported.  However, there was no SG polity of handling internally and abuse cases have been reported to police throughout our history. 

They extent to which Jared is willing to deceive is mindboggling.  There are scores of abuses cases in SGC that were never reported and there is a documented history of “handling” sexual abuse internally.  He knows it!  But worse, Jared and his staff are guilty of these very realities.  

Read this article for additional evidence against one of his top pastors, Marty Machowski.  

Sex Abuse Victim Asserts Prominent SGM Pastor Marty Machowski “Threw My Children & I to the Wolves”
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:39PM

Read this article to gain further insight into Jared.

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