Joshua Harris, Pastor of Former Sovereign Grace Church, Says He Was Sexually Abused As a Child

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"Please go to the police. Please get help," he tells fellow victims.

Following Friday's news that a Maryland judge dismissed most of the civil lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), attorney Susan Burke promised to appeal the dismissal.

"We (the victims and the lawyers) all knew about the statute issue at the outset," Burke said in a statement posted at The Wartburg Watch, a site critical of SGM. Maryland's statute of limitations requires that victims file their lawsuits within three years of turning 18. "But fighting for justice means doing so even against known obstacles. We had a conspiracy theory to overcome the statute, but the court rejected it. ... [W]e think the court erred, and will be appealing her ruling."

The SGM blog, which had a post last week on the amended lawsuit, has not had a post on the dismissal. (An earlier statement from John Loftness, former chairman of the SGM board, has apparently been removed from his church's website.)

Joshua Harris, pastor of Covenant Life Church, referenced the lawsuit in his Sunday sermon.

"Reading this past week about the allegations of sexual abuse was very difficult," he said. "I know it is for anyone. But it is very personal for me because I was a victim of sexual abuse as a child."

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Ted Olsen
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