Dear oh dear.
I don't really know what to think anymore with Brent vs C J Mahaney/SGM. But one of my concerns with the huge fees paid out to Ambassadors of Reconciliation (for what really is quite a shoddy report) and now this - where is the glory to God? And what does the watching world think I wonder as SGM ups ship and moves to Kentucky?
Here's Brent's latest blog post;
My Appeal to the SGM Pastors for a Church Court in Order to Avoid a Civil Court.
The sum total is that this incredibly focused and driven man is mustering his forces and seems intent on taking C J Mahaney and SGM before a civil magistrate for "damages". How grieving must this be to God? I am sure SGM-supporters would place the blame solely at Brent's door - but let us not forget that the closest C J got to an apology was retracted angrily at the SGM Pastors conference.
On another note I was deeply saddened to read about the suicide/allegations of the Voice of the Martyrs CEO. Having experienced sexual abuse myself in our church private school, I do know how desperation can lead to suicide. Nothing upsets me more than hearing people claim; "Suicide is the most selfish thing someone can do". The occasional times I have contemplated suicide, it is when desperation and the sickening ache of fear makes it seem as if there is no other way out. And true - at times, the only thing that does keep me from popping those pills is the guilt of what it would do to my family and loved ones. So my heart aches for all those involved.
My point is this - I think God is allowing His church to go through a time of transparency when it is impossible to hide the truth from the watching world. It concerns me when people like a Mahaney or Harvey try and pretend "all's well" - when it isn't. Let's admit it - we are human and no better than anyone. But it is the message of the gospel that makes the difference and leads us on.