I’ve had a huge uptick from folks searching for more information about Sovereign Grace Ministries and the lawsuit filed against current and former pastors (including CJ Mahaney and Larry Tomczak). The lawsuit alleges that sexual abuse of children was covered up and not properly reported to the police and to the churches. Many that read here are very familiar with the alleged abuses and the years of stories of heavy handed abuse and deception by SGM leaders.
To an outsider, who might only know of CJ Mahaney and Josh Harris as Christian authors/speakers, it can be intimidating to understand the unique culture and abuses that have occurred over the decades. I would like to recommend a link that may help you understand the types of abuses that have occurred and why SGM is now being sued.
Kris, over at SGM Survivors, has a link called The Stories. It is a huge compilation of stories from past members of Sovereign Grace and the abuses they endured. The document is equivalent to a 140 page PDF file and has years of posts from former pastors, small group leaders, worship leaders, average church goers, and children that grew up within the Sovereign Grace family of churches.
This link alone should give anyone a pretty good idea of just how deep and wide the problems of abuse have dogged Sovereign Grace, because of their cultic view of pastoral authority.
As a side note, I wrote 3 posts for SGM Survivors back in 2008. They are included in this link under Musicman’s story. Musicman is the handle I’ve used at SGM Survivors since I began posting back in the fall of 2007.
I actually hadn’t read the posts I had written in a couple of years and will post them here at the Christian Agnostic over the next few days. It may be of interest to some of my readers, since these posts were written a few years before losing my Christian faith.
Regardless, it is the true story of the abuses I saw and endured during my time in SGM.
Until next time….
- Sovereign Grace accused of covering up sex abuse allegations (wjla.com)
- Sovereign Grace Ministries, Evangelical Church, Hid Child Abuse Claims (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sovereign Grace Ministries Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse Cases (christianagnostic.wordpress.com)
- Lawsuit claims evangelical church hid abuse claims (ktvb.com)