Sovereign Grace Churches abuse cover up in The Washingtonian

Sovereign Grace Churches 1)Formerly Sovereign Grace Ministries, formerly People of Destiny International or PDI. has made it into The Washingtonian magazine for the cover up of sexual abuse over many years. The article is a good summary of events, although it leaves out some key facts, such as C.J. Mahaney blackmailing another leader.

C.J. Mahaney
C.J. Mahaney

Theologically, something has always been askew with SGM, as I pointed out back in 2011. Little did I know that there was also such an authoritarian milieu, leftover from the Shepherding movement. Having a strong man or strong men running a church or churches seems to be almost universally a bad idea. Also, churches that don’t brook dissent and freeze out those not on good terms with the pastor are fertile ground for covering up sexual sins when they occur – whether it is child abuse, adultery or anything else. Of course this has to be balanced against rampant Congregationalism, which is another disastrous polity. In all cases, wisdom is called for, and it seems like not much wisdom or speaking the truth to leadership occurred at SGM, and really, there is little evidence that anything has changed in its current set of leaders, although we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.

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1. Formerly Sovereign Grace Ministries, formerly People of Destiny International or PDI.

1 thought on “Sovereign Grace Churches abuse cover up in The Washingtonian”

  1. I should probably not say too much as I know more Anglicanism and somewhat Catholicism than this group. However the Washingtonian article with the photo of Sovereign Grace Church in Fairfax, reminded me of a friend whoever speaking of the place called it “cultic life” when referencing his time there.

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