Conclusive Evidence the Investigation of C.J. Mahaney’s Confessed Sins by Kevin DeYoung, Ray Ortlund, & Carl Trueman Was Thoroughly Corrupt

C.J. Mahaney

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This is a long overdue and very important post because it illustrates yet again the astounding corruption that has surrounded C.J. Mahaney. It is a must read for those interested in a factual account of the truth as it pertains to the fraudulent findings of the so called Preliminary Panel.

On July 6, 2011, I sent out The Documents to the pastors in Sovereign Grace Ministries. The same day, Mahaney announced a “leave of absence” to examine charges of a “serious nature” against him including pride, deceit, hypocrisy, unteachableness, and the sinful treatment of others. The examination he promised never happened. Instead, a corrupt process was designed and put into place whereby leaders inside and outside SGM defended and vindicated Mahaney despite the overwhelming evidence against him. That included Kevin DeYoung, Ray Ortlund and Cart Trueman. All powerful and influential leaders.

After the release of The Documents, these three men were quickly picked by a newly installed puppet Board for Sovereign Grace Ministries and asked to “offer non-binding advice on the narrow question as to whether C.J. Mahaney is presently fit for ministry based on those sins to which he has already confessed.” On July 27, 2011, they wrote the Board and declared Mahaney fit for ministry, above reproach and a model for others to follow. I never knew who was on the Preliminary Panel until Dave Harvey posted their findings on August 2, 2011.

For years, I’ve wanted to write DeYoung, Ortlund and Trueman about their findings. I finally did this past spring in separate correspondence. I respectfully asked each of them 15 questions including “Why didn’t you talk to me?”, “Did you take seriously C.J.’s confession that he remained blinded by pride for over 10 years despite constant correction?”, and “What is your definition of ‘above reproach’ in 1 Timothy 3:2 and ‘blameless’ in Titus 1:6-7?” They refused to answer any of my questions.

I also asked, “Did you tell C.J. it was decidedly unwise for him to take a leave of absence?”, “Did you tell C.J. none of his sins needed to be confessed in public?” and “Did you tell C.J. he overstated his sin and thereby confused people outside of Sovereign Grace?” I knew the answer to these questions based upon evidence I had discovered. It was unambiguously “Yes.” These men pretended neutrality in public but behind the scenes were acting with great prejudice. That’s why I asked another question of them, “Do you think the panel acted ethically in keeping with its narrow assignment?” Of course, the answer was categorically “No.” The facts bear this out in what follows.

The ungodly vindication and foolish counsel given to Mahaney by DeYoung, Ortlund and Trueman greatly contributed to the demise of Sovereign Grace Ministries and the division that followed. Lastly, what Mahaney confessed was clearly of a disqualifying nature. Therefore, it had to be covered up for him to remain in ministry. That’s why DeYoung, Ortlund and Trueman never posted his confessions and SGM has now destroyed them except for my records.

In contrast, consider the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Matthew 22:15-17 (NIV) [15] Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. [16] They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. [17] Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”

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