UPDATE: North Carolina pastor Tim Rogers posts a piece raising the question whether Dr. Al Mohler and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have connections so close to C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries that the recent lawsuit against Mahaney and his ministry will legally bleed all over Southern Baptists. While I cannot see myself how that could happen, I happily concede I know much too little about the legalities of such a possibility to make a reasonable judgment.
Note: do not fail to watch Mahaney's promo video featuring Al Mohler and John Bettler, Executive Director of Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). After both men appear to thoroughly pronounce Mahaney as the (re)incarnation of Peter, James, John and the Apostle Paul all rolled into one, Bettler goes on to congratulate Joshua Harris as the anointed successor of C.J. Mahaney to lead Sovereign Grace Ministries (approx. 8:50 mark), a succession hardly fathomable now if the report below is correct.
Read "A Question for Dr. Al Mohler in Houston" by Tim Rogers
Recently, Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) relocated from Gaithersburg, Maryland to Louisville, Kentucky only to be served a devastating spiritual/sexual abuse lawsuit a mere two weeks after they opened their doors for a new church plant in Louisville, a lawsuit to which an initial response was thereafter released >>>
While the attorney group representing the plaintiffs appear to be confident their case will succeed in court, C.J. Mahaney's home church apparently is pulling away from SGM. Mahaney himself founded Covenant Life Church (CLC), and CLC constitutes the womb out of which SGM was birthed. However, according to Brent Dewiler:
"Joshua Harris moved to CLC in 1997 in order to be trained by C.J. He lived with the Mahaney’s up until he was married. After 8 years of discipleship, C.J. turned the church over to Joshua and installed him as the sr. pastor. In 2007, C.J. added Joshua to the SGM Board of Directors. He planned to turn the ministry over to Joshua next year when he turns 60. Joshua was C.J.’s chosen replacement... .
Last night [Sunday, November 4, 2012], Joshua provided detailed explanations to the church for why the separation from SGM was necessary. He covered seven different areas. It must have been the hardest and easiest thing Joshua has ever done. Hardest, because of his deep love for C.J. Easiest, because the reasons were compelling and the choice obvious. It was time to leave" (//link)
If Dewiler is correct, the unsettling depression has not yet soaked in for SGM and C.J. Mahaney. CLC is the flagship church for SGM, the spinal cord for the entire Sovereign Grace ecclesial physiology. CLC has been, up until now apparently, Mahaney's Bethel. Why are they considering pulling away from Mahaney and SGM, and why now? While we have no indication they've made the details public as to why they are considering a clean break with SGM, the predictable answer in part is not hard to surmise: at least eight counts of spiritual/sexual abuse hovering over the heads of C.J. Mahaney and SGM.