To me, the sight of Al Mohler crowing is repulsive. Repulsive like the sight of Florida car flags on the streets of Atlanta during the first week of November (a sight which, thankfully, I have not had to endure the last two years).
I have never exactly felt the love for Al Mohler. Mohler first got my goat back in 2005 with a piece he did on why singles who don’t get married are out of the will of God. He did not score many plus points last year when he did a piece critiquing Andy Stanley for not condemning homosexuality as sin.
So what exactly is Al Mohler crowing over?
Al Mohler is crowing because his friend C. J. Mahaney has just gotten off scot-free. A Maryland judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by victims of abuse at churches in the Sovereign Grace Ministries network which claimed that he and other Sovereign Grace Ministries leaders permitted the abuse to occur in their organization.
This has been an ongoing scandal. Some of you may be familiar with it. Basically, sexual abuse happened in some Sovereign Grace Ministries churches and was covered up. Victims were discouraged from reporting the abuse to the authorities. And now the allegations of abuse and subsequent cover-up are coming to light. That’s about all you need to know about this. That’s about all I want to know about it.
When the lawsuit was dismissed Al Mohler, together with Capitol Hill Baptist Church pastor Mark Dever and First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Miss, pastor Ligon Duncan, issued a joint statement defending C. J. Mahaney in the strongest possible terms. “We have stood beside our friend, C. J. Mahaney, and we can speak to his personal integrity.”
But those at The Wartburg Watch have a different view of things: Not only is The Gospel Coalition committed to defending Mahaney, they are also willing to throw an alleged abuse victim under the bus in order to maintain Mahaney’s innocence, such as it is.
Maybe it is not right to speak on this until all the facts are out there. But it sure looks as if Mohler is placing himself squarely on the side of a leader who, at the very least, has created a culture where sexual abuse was permitted to occur. This does not look good.