Brent Detwiler Says Southern Baptist Leaders Are Enabling Sin by Continuing to Promote C. J. Mahaney Amid Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Instead of promoting an embattled Calvinist leader, a former supporter says evangelical leaders should be confronting him about his sin.

A former associate of an evangelical leader accused in a lawsuit of covering up child sexual abuse says Southern Baptist leaders are enabling sin by continuing to promote the embattled preacher while serious questions about his fitness for ministry remain unanswered.

Brent Detwiler, one of four founders of Sovereign Grace Ministries, said in a statement he was deeply disappointed by popular author and speaker John Piper's glowing endorsement of Pastor C.J. Mahaney in a sermon Feb. 17 at Mahaney's church in Louisville, Ky.

Detwiler said that on Feb. 6 he sent Piper, founder of Desiring God Ministries and former longtime pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, a copy of the lawsuit accusing Mahaney and other Sovereign Grace leaders of enabling the sexual and physical abuse of children.

Piper was among 77 evangelical leaders that Detwiler asked in an open letter to stop promoting Mahaney in light of those allegations. Others included Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, who recently had Mahaney on campus, and Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"Some of the greatest preachers in America have enabled C.J. in his sin when they should have been confronting his sin and taking action," Detwiler said in a blog posting Feb. 22. "These men continuously promote one another's books, conferences, ministries and celebrity status. It looks like a mutual admiration society, and it often leads to a double standard of living."

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
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