But if you trust your feelings first and foremost, if you exalt your feelings, if you invest your feelings with final authority–they’ll deposit you on the emotional roller coaster which so often characterizes our lives. CJ Mahaney link
"Character assassination." That is what one megachurch pastor accused us of 2 years ago when we wrote and begged him to talk to his friend, CJ Mahaney. Deb and I had been reading SGM Survivors and SGM Refuge blogs for several years and had become deeply concerned about the numerous reports on those blogs surrounding the response of leadership to reports of child sexual abuse. We had never been a part of SGM but the numbers of stories, which seemed to constantly escalate, indicated to us that there appeared to be a serious problem. You can link to some of these stories on our home page.
Pastor after pastor, along with NeoCalvinist groups have defended and supported CJ Mahaney and SGM despite these allegations. In the meantime, we, at TWW, were roundly condemned for our expressions of concern about this group. Once our readers see these allegations we hope that they might question the discernment of those who accused us, and others, of character assassination.
Today, the 2nd Amendment to the lawsuit has been released. If you think the last one was bad, you are forewarned. What is included in this released suit will turn your stomach.
We are now left with two diametrically opposed possibilities. Either these accusations are amongst the greatest, dastardly collusions to ever cast aspersions on a group of churches and pastors or this has to be one of the worst child sexual abuses scandals in current evangelical history. I see no other option but I am sure that our readers will help me out if I am in error.
The allegations are positively sickening-a Law and Order-Special Victims Unit special on steroids. They involve well-known SGM pastors, allegedly performing some of the sickest acts imaginable on young children. Apparently, the defendants believed that they did not have enough details in the original lawsuit. Well, this time they got lots of details and I bet they wished they hadn't asked.
At the same time, several alleged victims and their parents have uncloaked their identities and will now speak on the record. I honor them for their courage because they open themselves up to the inevitable outcries of "traitors" for doing so. Please join with us in praying for these brave people.
Descriptors of explicit acts of sexual violence involving young children
We will post a synopsis of the acts and the identities of the alleged perps and then we will post a direct link to the amended lawsuit. This will be upsetting. Today I shall do part of this and will finish up tomorrow in order to get the links up for those who wish to follow this.
Many will ask why we feel it necessary to post these difficult accusations. We do so because some people do not understand the depth of depravity involved in child sexual abuse. Many prefer to believe in a common caricature of a pedophile as an unkempt old man wearing a dark trench coat who quickly exposes himself to someone or looks under a little girls dress while she swings and then runs away. That is not what we are talking about here.
This past week, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of Christian health professionals. Most of them believe that the problem of pedophilia is found in the Catholic church because priests can't marry. As you will see, marriage does not cure pedophilia. We have far too many incidents within the Protestant tradition to be casting stones at our Catholic brothers and sisters.
For the attorneys: Everything from this point forward is "alleged."
1. Five of the alleged victims have, to use a Star Trek term, uncloaked. TWW recognizes their particular courage while at the same time applauding all who have joined this lawsuit.
2.(32-39) James Roberts was molested by David Adams on CLC property. Roberts, @ 8 yrs old, reported this to John Loftness who was the principal of the church's school, later pastor at CLC, recent member of the SGM Board and current pastor of SGM's Solid Rock Church. He asked the child to reenact the molestation for him. He did not report this to the boy's parents and forced the child to meet and forgive Dave Adams.
Adams, along with Loftness who covered up his actions, would go on to molest other children, including his own daughter. Roberts would go onto be molested again by Nate Morales, who was arrested in Las Vegas recently for this. Apparently, some other teens disclosed to Roberts that they, too, were bothered by Morales at school. Grant Layman was alerted to this discussion and did not report it.
Today, Loftness issued a statement denying any participation in child sexual abuse at this link.
3.(42-46) A daughter of David Adams wife, Peggy, reported that her father molested her from the ages of 11-14. This was reported by her sister Dara Sutherland. The unnamed daughter remains psychologically disabled.Peggy, the mom, reported these assaults to church leader Dave Mays who reported this to John Loftness and Gary Ricucci. Peggy was not informed of the previous molestation of Plaintiff Roberts by Adams.
Ricucci claimed that Adams was not a pedophile because Adams was not attracted to his 11 year old daughter but to the "woman she was becoming." Apparently the defendants then hired an attorney for Adams instead of helping the victims.The defendants even suggested to Peggy that she send her daughter away so that she could bring Adams home as the "head of the household."
Here is the amended lawsuit. Be advised. The details are upsetting.
Ask your pastors a question. Were they upset over the Dr Kermit Gosnell trial? Did they make statements? If so, how do they defend their silence in this matter.