It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed Pope St. Gregory the Great 6
In apparent disregard of the child sex abuse resolution at this year's SBC Convention, SEBTS, an SBC seminary headed by Dr Danny Akin, will feature CJ Mahaney on February 7-8. This invitation was given prior to the resolution but has not been rescinded. Mahaney has been a frequent speaker at the seminary which hosts this conference.
From the Associated Baptist Press we learn:
C.J. Mahaney, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Ky., is listed on the seminary website among plenary speakers for the 20/20 Collegiate Conference themed "Ekklesia: God's Perspective on the Church," scheduled Feb. 7-8, 2014.
Other projected speakers include Southeastern Seminary President Daniel Akin and Russell Moore, new president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
This action is surprising in light of CJ Mahaney's name being removed from the T4G History page along with the removal of
Akin Al Mohler (Update original ed. error)and Mark Dever's controversial statement of support.
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler and Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, joined a colleague in voicing support for Mahaney in a statement posted on the website of Together for the Gospel
“We have stood beside our friend, C. J. Mahaney, and we can speak to his personal integrity,” said the statement, which was subsequently removed. The ministry, popular among the New Calvinism movement gaining influence in SBC life, has also removed Mahaney’s name from an “Our History” page that formerly listed the four founders by name.
This comes to light in the shadow of a criminal trial about to begin in November.
A criminal trial gets underway Nov. 18 for Nate Morales, charged with 14 counts of sex crimes between 1985 and 1990 at Covenant Life Church. (ed note-SGM flagship) The civil lawsuit claims Morales was just one of several pedophiles protected by church leaders who did not report alleged abuse to the police, opting instead to handle it internally as a matter of church discipline.
Questions: Is CJ Mahaney the right person for college students to emulate? Does CJ Mahaney best represent the core values of SEBTS? Why?
As always, pray for the victims of child sex abuse. Never, ever forget their faces in the debate.