Ok, here we go again. As discussed in this post, it's very important to watch the trends in church. People are not willing to tolerate the fact that church leaders overlook sex abuse anymore. Pastors and church leaders are failing to properly notify authorities and we have discussed this issue as well. Something must be done and if it is not done, people will take action. Pastors and church leaders must take note. They are not solving any problems by sweeping abuse under the carpet, trying to keep their image clean. Church leaders must act appropriately by first notifying authorities of suspected crimes. They must also genuinely and promptly care for the victim and victim's family.
* * * * *Edited 10/18/12 to add link to legal complaint: Legal Complaint
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Hot off the press:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children, failed to report accusations of misconduct to the police and discouraged its members from cooperating with law enforcement.
The lawsuit was filed in Maryland state court against Sovereign Grace Ministries, a 30-year-old family of churches, with about 100 congregations. Most of its churches are in the U.S., but it also has planted churches in about 21 countries.
More to come on Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) and the very bad patterns we have seen from bully pastors and church leaders who strive to protect their image and the church's image at all costs - even neglecting and abandoning the victims. Enough is enough!
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Update 3:45 PM Pacific: I decided to directly tweet Al Mohler and Ligon Duncan - - who defended CJ Mahaney months ago to see what they think of the lawsuit. I'll let you know if they respond:
* * * * Added 10/18/12 Sovereign Grace Ministries Lawsuit: TV Interview with Victim/Mother
* * * New blog post: Responses to Lawsuit Filed Against Sovereign Grace Ministries