"And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh."
Jude 22-23 (ESV)
Sunset in Beaufort, NC
(Taken by Deb)
Prior to taking a leave of absence three months ago, C.J. Mahaney was busy making the rounds with his latest canned sermon – When Someone Doubts – based on Jude 22-23. I have listened to several of these messages and found it interesting that on more than one occasion C.J. stated that he invited himself to speak at these churches.
Here are just some of his speaking engagements where he delivered that same spiel earlier this year:
March 6 Grace Community Church (Ashburn, VA)
March 13 Covenant Life Church (Gaithersburg, MD)
March 20 Covenant Fellowship Church (Glen Mills, PA)
April 3 KingsWay Community Church (Midlothian, VA)
May 8 Grace Community Church (Kingsville, MD)
June 26 Resolved Conference 2011 (Palm Springs, CA)
I have probably missed other churches where he delivered this same talk. Incredibly, there was little variance in his message from church to church. Here is the video of When Someone Doubts delivered at Covenant Fellowship Church on March 20th. (link)
Of course, Mahaney’s speaking engagements, except for a summer excursion to Por Su Causa in the Dominican Republic, came to a screeching halt when he announced his leave of absence.
Five weeks after taking his leave of absence, C.J. Mahaney explained that he and his wife would be attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Here is an excerpt from that blog post: (link)
“Some of you have asked where I will be attending church during my leave. That’s a good question, as it’s not uncommon for pastors to take a leave in a church that is away from their home congregations, and this seems wise. During my leave of absence I will be attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church where Mark Dever is the senior pastor. After seeking counsel about this decision, I’ve concluded that this is the best place for Carolyn and me to receive care and counsel, to examine my life and leadership, and to consider my future during this season of reflection.”
Based on Mahaney's speaking engagements, it appears he missed quite a few Sundays in Gaithersburg. In addition, Covenant Life Church attendees allege that Mahaney has rarely been seen in his local church.
Well, it appears that C.J. Mahaney’s season of reflection must be winding down because he is starting to make the rounds again. And what was his sermon topic? Well, it was When Someone Doubts…
To the dismay of many, Mahaney delivered this spiel at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on September 25, the Sunday after Mark Dever conducted his 9Marks Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (link)
This past Sunday, October 2, Mahaney traveled to Cornerstone Church of Knoxville to deliver the very same message. (link)
In 2009 Mahaney's canned talk was Cravings and Conflicts, which he delivered at quite a few churches in the SGM network. Dee and I have only heard Mahaney once in person, and that was the message he delivered. He spent so much time talking about the Duke/Maryland game that he, his son, and son-in-law attended the previous day in Durham that the church substituted another version of the Cravings and Conflicts spiel on their website. Perhaps that's the benefit of repeating a sermon over and over and over again.
Here are my sincere questions.
Why does the president of Sovereign Grace Ministries have such a limited repertoire of sermons? It certainly comes across as a weakness to me.
Why does Mahaney focus so much on the false teachers mentioned in this passage?
Why did C.J. sound so angry in the Jude message he delivered last Sunday?
What kind of honorarium does he receive from each speaking engagement (in addition to his salary from Sovereign Grace Ministries)?
Where will he be delivering this message in the weeks and months to come? We will be keeping track of C.J. sightings and will provide updates in the comment section of this post.
Lydia's Corner: 1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30 Romans 2:25-3:8 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 19:10-12