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Covenant Life Church Ends Relationship With Sovereign Grace Ministries

SovGraceLogo(1)Sovereign Grace Ministries continues to experience fall out associated with the leadership of C.J. Mahaney and the more recent legal issues they have encountered.

This announcement will be viewed by some as the most serious since Covenant Life Church played a profound role in the founding and formative stages of S.G.M.

It’s been said that Covenant Life  actually served as the model church  for all the
churches in SGM. Hence, this is no small announcement.

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“The pastors of Covenant Life Church have informed us of their church’s decision to end their formal relationship with Sovereign Grace Ministries. Though we are deeply saddened by this news and would prefer that Covenant Life Church remain with us, we respect their prerogative to do what they believe is best for their church. Though no longer in formal association, we remain inseparably linked together in Christ and our common gospel mission for the glory of God.

We were able to meet with the CLC pastoral team this week and convey to them our respect, affection, and gratitude. We also were able to communicate our desire that they remain or consider returning at some point, trusting that any differences could be resolved. Additionally, we expressed our mutual commitment to support each other as we continue to walk in the gospel of grace. We are deeply indebted to CLC for the role they played in the founding of SGM, for hosting our Pastors College for the past 14 years, and for the many other substantial benefits of our long time gospel partnership. This church has played a special role in the history of SGM and will always have a special place in our hearts.

With sadness but also deep gratefulness and love, we wholeheartedly commend CLC to the Lord. We pray for their future faithfulness to the gospel and fruitfulness in its proclamation.”

http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/sgm/post/Board-Update-Covenant-Life-Church.

http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/2012/10/24/four-more-churches-leave-sovereign-grace-ministries-in-last.html

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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C. J. Mahaney Steps Aside To Face Charges

Charlie and C.J. Mahaney

Image by six steps  via Flickr

John Piper demonstrated great humility last year when he announced he was taking a 9 month sabbatical to invest in his marriage. Francis Chan showed great leadership when he confessed to compromising the “hard sayings” of Jesus to make his message more appealing. Now we get to observe what true accountability looks like when patterns of uncharactered behavior are persistently observed  by other leaders around us. 

 C.J. Mahaney, apostlic leader of sovereign Grace Ministries, announced this week he is taking a leave of absence in order to allow others to redemptively assess his life and ministry relative to the multiple charges that have been levied against him. While this news is disturbing, his submission to the board of Sovereign Grace Ministries as well as  to seasoned trans-local veterans  is most compelling. Quite  a contrast to Eddie Long and the recent absurd remarks made by Creflo Dollar.

Read more details on  the site’s posted below.

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C.J’s public statement:

“Over the last few years some former pastors and leaders in Sovereign Grace have made charges against me and informed me about offenses they have with me as well as other leaders in Sovereign Grace. These charges are serious and they have been very grieving to read. These charges are not related to any immorality or financial impropriety, but this doesn’t minimize their serious nature, which include various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment, and hypocrisy.

I believe God is kindly disciplining me through this. I believe I have by the grace of God perceived a degree of my sin, and I have been grieved by my sin and its effects on others.  I have had the opportunity to confess my sin to some of those affected in various ways by my sin. And I am so very grateful for their forgiveness.  But I want to perceive and confess any and all sin I have committed.  Although my experience of conviction has already started—and this is an evidence of God’s mercy—I’m sure there is more for me to perceive and acknowledge.  Even with the charges I disagree with it has been beneficial to examine my soul and ask for the observation of others. ”

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/07/07/c-j-mahaney-why-im-taking-a-leave-of-absence/

http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/sgm/post/A-note-on-CJ-Mahaneys-leave-of-absence.aspx

 

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