Basyle "Boz" Tchividjian is founder and attorney for G.R.A.C.E.--"a non-profit organization made up of highly trained and experienced multi-disciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront and respond to the sin of child abuse" (from their website). Tchividjian is grandson of Billy Graham and brother to Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL. "Boz" Tchividijan serves as Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University Law School.
Earlier this week, Tchividjian was interviewed by Janet Mefferd about the latest on the Sovereign Grace Ministries lawsuit and the fallout over the Together for the Gospel and The Gospel Coalition statements offering public support and unqualified support for their ministry colleague against numerous charges by several plaintiffs filed in a Maryland court. Though a judge initially dismissed the majority of the plaintiff charges due to exceeding the statute of limitations (two of the plaintiffs were still within the time limits to file suit), the plaintiff attorneys immediately filed for the judge to reconsider. They also plan to file an appeal with the judge fails to reconsider their case.
The response was so overwhelmingly negative for the Together for the Gospel statement supporting Mahaney that Al Mohler, Mark Dever, and Ligon Duncun posted on their facebook page, the post with over a hundred comments (mostly negative comments) was scrubbed from their site (an archived view of Mohler, Dever, and Duncan's statement along with several comments can be found here and here).
Perhaps the most notable commenter on the facebook page was Tchividjian, who took his comment and teased it out into a full response essay--"Where are the Voices? The Continued Culture of Silence and Protection in American Evangelicalism." It was on this subject Mefferd interviewed Tchividjian.
During the interview, we discover that Al Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and Mark Dever evidently changed their original statement first posted on May 23, 2013 apparently to reflect some of the stinging criticism offered Tchividijan. The Together for the Gospel original statement read:
Even so, one may check now (at least of June 7), it was discovered that two sentences -- "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" -- has been removed from the statement. The new version reads:
And, though the statement is updated with deletions altering their original denial that C.J. Mahaney was even named as a direct defendant in the lawsuit but only charged with "founding a ministry" and "teaching doctrines and principles" evangelicals everywhere advocate no such update is indicated on the date. The date on the statement remains May 23. Mohler, Duncan, and Dever simply deleted what many had pointed out was factually incorrect and horribly irresponsible toward the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.