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In 1998, he moved to Gaithersburg to serve as a pastoral intern under C. Mahaney, then senior pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries.
"CJ was, for many years, the micro-managing head of the organisation and nothing happened under the umbrella of Sovereign Grace that he wasn't made aware of, so for anyone to say, 'Well he didn't know,' that's totally naive," he told the Christian Post. As a result of these controversies, Mahaney and Joshua Harris – bestselling author of 'I kissed dating goodbye' and currently pastor of CLC – have formally left The Gospel Coalition (TGC).
Mahaney has now released a statement in which he addresses the lawsuit brought against him for the first time.
J.’s and Carolyn’s presentation, things had improved so much for them that it was like they were on their honeymoon again. Rather, it is the story of one married couple’s sexual adventures.
The letter-writer shares that his wife had previously had a real aversion to sex, “since their wedding night.” But after hearing C. goes on to give a rather lengthy and somewhat confusing introduction to the idea that Song of Songs is God’s sex manual (my words, not actually C. He says that this book of the Bible is not allegorical.
Nathaniel Morales, now 56, was convicted on May 15 this year of sexually abusing three underage boys between 19 during his time as youth pastor at Covenant Life.
During his trial, questions were raised as to whether or not the leadership of the church knew about Morales' transgressions.
In a separate civil lawsuit, Mahaney - who founded Sovereign Grace and was lead pastor of CLC during Morales' employment - was accused of being aware of the youth leader's crimes and failing to take action against him.
Mahaney was named as a defendant in the lawsuit which alleged that he and several other leaders of SGM, including Larry Tomczak - who was also accused of repeatedly physically abusing a woman across two decades, beginning in her childhood - conspired to "permit sexual deviants to have unfettered access to children for purposes of predation and to obstruct justice by covering up ongoing past predation", though this case was dropped in May 2013 due to the statute of limitations.
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Over the course of his media silence, many had called on him to address the allegations that he and other SGM leaders withheld sex abuse claims from authorities.