Yesterday, I followed up with 77 nationally recognized leaders in the Body of Christ regarding C.J., the lawsuit, and other developments in Sovereign Grace Ministries. That correspondence follows.
April 1, 2013
I last wrote you on February 6. A lot has happened since then and I am sorry to report none of it is good. Here are few highlights.
- C.J. will “transition from his role as President” on April 12. That’s when he steps down from all leadership responsibilities in Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM). This transition was necessary for two reasons. First, few pastors trust and believe in C.J. any longer. They can’t commend him in that role. Second, he is in legal jeopardy and appears morally culpability in relation to Complaints found in the class action lawsuit. Discovery is underway. Future arrests and revelations could make matters worse for him.
- John Loftness resigned as Chairman of the Board for SGM on February 18. He is the foremost mentioned Defendant in the lawsuit. Last week the following charge was added by the lawyers in their motion against dismissal. “Plaintiffs are going to be amending the FAC [First Amended Complaint] to add more parties [plaintiffs], one of whom alleges Defendant John Loftness physically and sexually abused her as a child.”
- Dave Harvey, C.J.’s number two man, abruptly resigned all his sizeable responsibilities with SGM on December 19, 2012. He was the Interim President during C.J.’s seven month leave of absence in 2011-2012. When Dave resigned from SGM, he assumed the role of a pastor in his church. That too has come to an end. On March 15, Dave resigned as an elder. He is currently out of Christian ministry. Now a major rift exists between Dave and C.J., et al.
More pastors and churches plan to leave SGM. In my last correspondence with you, I made my views concerning C.J. clear. Put succinctly, he should not be held up as an example to the Body of Christ.
This morning I wrote the following note to current and former leaders in SGM.
From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 10:20 AM
To: SGM Pastors
Subject: New Information Contained in Motions to Oppose Dismissal of Lawsuit
SGM Pastors, et al.
The lawyers for the Plaintiff’s filed their motions to oppose the dismissal of the lawsuit last Wednesday. I posted about it on Saturday morning. I held off on sending the post so you would not be distracted over the Easter weekend. The news is discouraging. The motions raise even greatly concerns regarding the extent of abuse in SGM and how things have been handled.
Policies must be put in place that enable law enforcement to detect and incarcerate juvenile and adult predators. And parents must be alerted to the presence of sex abusers in order to protect their children.
I’ve attached my post, “New Information Contained in Motions to Dismiss Lawsuit.” It provides a summary. I’ve also attached the three motions for dismissal in case you are interested in more detail. [Available at http://abrentdetwiler.squarespace.com/]
I hope you will take the time to review this information so we can all stand against policies that enable and protect sexual predators in our churches, ministries and institutions.
For the good of the gospel and the cause of Christ.
John F. Bettler
Robert C. Cannada Jr.
Iain M. Duguid
John F. Frame
Richard B. Gaffin
W. Robert Godfrey
Michael A. G. Haykin
Michael S. Horton
Douglas F. Kelly
Simon J. Kistemaker
Andreas Johannes Kostenberger
Timothy S. Lane
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Russell D. Moore
Ray Ortlund, Jr.
Vern S. Poythress
Thomas R. Schreiner
Winston T. Smith
Derek W. H. Thomas
Paul David Tripp
Carl L. Trueman
Gene Edward Veith, Jr.
Donald S. Whitney
Bruce A. Ware
Stephen J. Wellum
Edward T. Welsh
Luder G. Whitlock
John D. Woodbridge
From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 5:20 PM
To: National Leaders
Subject: Interview with Boz Tchividjian an Absolute Must Read!
I have a great deal of appreciation for the demands upon your time but I felt it morally incumbent to forward you this interview with Boz Tchividjian. I just read it today and found it extremely profitable.
No More Silence: An Interview with Boz Tchividjian of G.R.A.C.E.
Grace to you!
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