You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther
Martin Luther 95 Theses
Petition link here and at the end of the post.
Update 2/9 10PM at bottom of post
Folks-this is history in the making. I have wracked my brain trying to think of a situation that is similar and I cannot. However, what does come to mind is Martin Luther and his 95 Thesis, which was the opening salvo in confronting the injustices of the church in his day.
Injustice… a word that some church leaders today scorn, calling it a code word for liberal theology. In this instance, those leaders could not be further from the truth. Today's church leaders have not only ignored the cries of the wounded, but have promoted those who have led an organization which, for years, has been rife with accusations of spiritual abuse, and now, accusations of cover-up of child sexual abuse. Not only that but some outside leaders have heaped scorn on the victims.
Here is an example of a quote from Al Mohler link.
“Basically there are people who are very uncomfortable with the strong kind of spiritual direction that comes through the Sovereign Grace Ministries,” Mohler said. “It’s very hard to criticize it on biblical terms, as you’ll see on most of those Web sites. It basically comes down to the criticism, ‘I don’t like that.’”
Not like what, Mr. Mohler? The covering up of child abuse? This is "biblical" leadership in your book? Do you teach this at SBTS?
Do men like Mohler even have a clue how this deeply hurts and wounds those who have been harmed? Do they even care? In TWW's opinion, such leaders are close to losing their moral and spiritual authority.
TWW has no dog in this hunt. Neither of us have ever been members of SGM. But, prior to the start of this blog, we were shocked, and I am not exaggerating, by story after story of abuse and pain within this organization. How could anyone not be upset by the vast numbers of allegations? Such large numbers of denunciations recall the numbers of early accusations about the Catholic church scandals. And we all know how that turned out. In light of this, TWW has been stymied by the unresponsiveness of today's Christian leaders. Is it hear no evil, see no evil time?
On one instance, we approached a well-known pastor in this area who claims a friendship with SGM and begged him to do something about the very real concerns that were being voiced. We were shot down and accused of character assassination and excoriated from the pulpit. We are honored because it means that we have shared, in a much smaller way, the pain of the wounded in SGM.
The hurt people from SGM, who have reported their pain, have been subjected to accusations of lies, gossip, ignorance, glory seeking, character assassination, etc. This is despicable and must be stopped! Those who make these accusations should be reminded of the Pharisees who Jesus called snakes and white-washed tombs. They heaped guilt on the oppressed while strutting around, pretending that they held the keys to heaven.
It is darned near impossible to ignore so very many reports. It is also unbiblical to do so. It is imperative to understand that some of these pedophiles have gone to jail so there is fire within the smoke. Folks, something is wrong, terribly wrong within Sovereign Grace Ministries and the self-proclaimed and recognized Christian leadership is silent.
Today, one must choose. Do you choose to stand with the victims or do you choose to stand with a few SGM leaders? Today, TWW stands with those brothers and sisters who, risking derision and pain, have decided to pound their righteous indignation on the doors of the Internet.
This petition is not only for those who have been in the SGM system but for those friends who have been appalled by the silence of the Christian community regarding the many years of reports of accusations of pain and abuse.
Here is a link to the petition. Dee is #16 on that list.This will involve some courage on your part. You must put your name on the list. However, let me encourage you. Few, if any, will be able to link you to your pseudonyms on the blogs.
I did not know of this petition until it was posted. This petition was developed independently of any blogs or websites and appears to be a grassroots effort on the part of those who have been associated with SGM.
Update 2/9 10:00 PM Update #1-For those without Facebook:
At the bottom of the original petition, at Causes.com, is a link that you can click on that will take you to the other document where you can fill out their information. However the number of signatures collected on the Causes page won’t reflect those added on the alternative page. The organizers will attach those signatures to the original petition when it is sent to the leaders.
Reflect, once again, on the quote by Martin Luther
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.