On November 12, Kentucky Baptists adopted a reolution on the sexual abuse of children which says in part,
RESOLVED, That we encourage all denominational leaders and employees of the Kentucky Baptist Convention to utilize the highest sense of discernment in affiliating with groups and or individuals that possess questionable policies and practices in protecting our children from criminal abuse
The wording is virtually identical to the resolution Georgia Baptists adopted the very same day at its annual convention. It also resembles closely the resolution I proposed and that was subsequently adopted at the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention held in Houston, Texas.
The stated intent is to encourage all denominational leaders, both state and national, to use the utmost care in building liaisons with either individuals or organizations that lack healthy policies and practices for protecting children from sexual predators.
With this in mind, we challenge Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptists' oldest seminary, to reevaluate the public kinship he has nurtured with Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) and its former CEO, C.J. Mahaney. Both the organization and its founder, C. J. Mahaney, have come under severe legal scrutiny for allegedly creating, allowing, and perhaps even proactively sustaining a dangerous institutional environment where sexual predators are claimed to have thrived in abusing children. No one is or should prematurely pronounce either Mahaney or SGM civilly or criminally guilty. Their legal fate is in the hands of our judicial system. Nevertheless the civil and criminal investigations surrounding SGM, Mahaney, and several individuals remain so serious, Southern Baptists cannot afford to be viewed as coddling the accused while ignoring victims of sexual abuse.
Al Mohler has already stirred the pot, so to speak, by posting a public statement of support for Mahaney on the Together for the Gospel facebook page several months ago. But the protest was so overwhelming, Mohler et al removed the page. Furthermore, Mohler apparently continues an academic partnership with Mahaney's pastor's school and Southern Baptists' oldest theological seminary by offering seminary credit for men who enroll at Southern seminary from the pastor's school.
We now learn Mohler is also presenting a Men's Conviction to Lead Conference at The Cornerstone Church of Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee. Cornerstone is a chuch affiliated with Sovereign Grace Ministries. And, among others on the platform with Al Mohler is C. J. Mahaney. What is more, two of the three other platform speakers alongside Mohler are longtime Mahaney supporters and colleagues--Bob Kauflin and Jeff Purswell. Hence, not only does Mohler continue an academic partnership with Mahaney, he also invites, sponsors, and supports C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries employees as conference platform speakers. In short, Al Mohler continues his alliance with Mahaney and SGM all the while Southern Baptists, both nationally and in Mohler's own home state, have strongly spoken their explicit reservations about building unhealthy liaisons with those credibly suspicious of possessing unsound policies and practices hazardous to children's safety.
When will the trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary call Dr. Mohler's hand? When will they say to him, "Dr. Mohler. We love you and appreciate you. But in light of Southern Baptists' expressed reservations in partnering with questionable individuals and organizations and our obligation as entity trustees to fairly represent Southern Baptists' expressed interests, you will immediately break all public ties with C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries." When will they say, "Enough already"?
*Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustee names and addresses-- Download 2013 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Trustees