“You are called to biblical integrity no matter who you are.”
-Denny Burk, May 8, 2021
“The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.”
– Brennan Manning
“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”
Allow me to take you back in time to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the leadership of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
On January 22, 2017, Pastor Matt Chandler announced to his Village People that he and his fellow elders had fired Anthony Moore, the lead pastor at their Fort Worth campus.
Within months Cedarville University President Thomas White hired Anthony Moore. The two were close friends from the days they were both at SWBTS.
In the Spring of 2020, I and Julie Roys were advised of the White hiring of Anthony Moore at Cedarville University and we both started researching and writing about the story. A firestorm ensued and on April 24, 2020, Julie Roys wrote:
“Cedarville University yesterday fired professor, Dr. Anthony Moore, for sexual misconduct. The action comes three years after Cedarville learned that Moore had secretly videotaped a male youth pastor showering in Moore’s home on multiple occasions.”
White had invented a narrative that he hired Moore because he was told by Village Church leaders that Moore had a momentary lapse of judgment and had only taken one or two videos of his assistant pastor showering. (In my opinion, one video would be sufficient cause to not hire Moore.) When White learned of more videos taken over a long period, so his story goes, he fired Anthony Moore.
Julie Roys countered White’s false narrative in an article she published on May 1, 2020. She wrote, in part:
“Cedarville University President Thomas White maintains that he was told an “incomplete narrative” about Anthony Moore—the man he hired in 2017 after Moore had been fired by The Village Church (TVC) for “grievous sexual immoral actions.”
However, today an elder at TVC’s Fort Worth campus disputed White’s narrative. He also named two other leaders, a pastor and a professor, whom he says were fully informed about Moore in 2017.
White fired Moore last Friday, claiming that he had just learned that Moore had recorded at least five videos over a span of at least five months.
However, today, Jeff Jamison, an elder at TVC’s Fort Worth campus, told me that the elders clearly communicated with White in 2017 that Moore’s sin “wasn’t a one-time lapse in judgment on Anthony’s part.” Jamison added that the “lapse in judgment” was Moore’s “false narrative” that the TVC elders “corrected regularly” in multiple conversations with both Dr. White and Cedarville Professor Dr. Jason Lee.
The Village Church added that the elders told Cedarville that they were okay with Moore having a private research job at the school, but also communicated that they believed “Moore was not fit for ministry of any kind.”
Below is an Oscar-award-worthy apology issued by Thomas White.
On August 21, 2020, Julie Roys published an analysis of White’s apology written by Julia Dahl. In part, Dahl wrote:
“Cedarville University President Thomas White this week offered an apology to returning students and others for his grievous actions that led to a major scandal at the school. But was this an authentic apology, or just an attempt at image repair?
As an image repair analyst, I’ve discovered that leaders in crisis often craft persuasive statements to engender sympathy. Yet when analyzed, these statements fall far short of biblical repentance, and often mislead by employing image repair techniques like minimizing, bolstering, and reverse victimization.
Unfortunately, Dr. White’s recent apology is no different.
In his recent “apology” during a school chapel—similar to White’s “apology” that was the subject of a recent podcast—White is scant on details, both of the injury and the specifics of his apology.
He never mentions that he had hired an admitted sexual predator, Dr. Anthony Moore, and had withheld that information from the Cedarville community. He never admits that he lied and covered up for what he had done once he was exposed.”
An independent investigation was called for and the results were released to the Cedarville University Board of Trustees. On June 23, 2020, the Board of Trustees voted to retain White as President of Cedarville University. Two of the Trustees, Danny Akin, and Mark Vroegop could not live with this decision and promptly resigned from the Board.
Soon after Akin’s resignation from the Cedarville University Board of Trustees, I noticed that Thomas White had been removed from the Board of Directors at CBMW (Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood). Danny Akin is a member of the Board of Directors and I guessed he was likely influential in having White removed.
Here are screenshots of the CBMW Board of Directors from June 2020 and July 2020. You will notice White is on the Board in the June screenshot but removed from the Board in the July screenshot.
Thanks to one of our alert readers, I was advised that Thomas White was once again on the Board of Directors of the CBMW. Below is a screenshot taken from The Way Back Machine confirming White is indeed back on the Board. The save previous to this one was dated November 2022 and White did not appear on the Board at that time.
You may rightly wonder what is going on here. The only explanation I have is my explanation for everything in the Celebrity Club of the Evangelical Industrial Complex, that is, we are dealing with a group of men that have each other’s backs. Above all, they protect their institutions because their various para-church organizations and conferences are an excellent revenue stream. Their desire to protect their institutions trumps their desire to do the right thing, the ethical thing, and as a result, they show themselves to be blatant hypocrites to the watching world.
I also note that Cedarville University pays for a full page add in the CBMW’s quarterly publication called “eikon.” Money talks. Money trumps ethics.
Last week I wrote emails to both Danny Akin and Denny Burk asking some pointed questions about the process CBMW utilizes in appointing a man to the Board of Directors. Neither has responded.
I copied the following from the History section of Wikipedia’s information on the CBMW:
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood was organized in 1987. At a 1986 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Wayne Grudem gave a speech on “Manhood and Womanhood in Biblical and Theological Perspectives” in which he invited delegates to join “a new organization dedicated to upholding both equality and differences between men and women in marriage and the church.” This was followed by a meeting in Dallas with Grudem, John Piper, Wayne House, and others. A subsequent meeting was held in Danvers, Massachusetts; at this meeting, the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood was finalized. A full-page advertisement containing the full Danvers Statement was published in Christianity Today in January 1989.
Founders of the CBMW coined the term “complementarianism” in 1988.
Let’s be clear on the character of Wayne Grudem and John Piper, shall we?
Both men made the trip to Louisville, KY in 2013 to publicly display their support and endorsement of C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace “in the face of unjust accusations.” Neither has ever retracted their support. Score: C.J. Mahaney/Sovereign Grace 2 – Victims of sexual abuse 0.
My recommendation? Don’t give them your money.