Sovereign Grace Church buildings (previously “Sovereign Grace Ministries”) has responded to requires an impartial investigation into allegations of many years of sexual abuse and harassment, writing in an announcement that such a 3rd occasion assessment could be “inappropriate and impractical for a number of important reasons.” SGC leaders wrote that whereas they “want the truth to be known about these allegations,” they may “not recommend a third-party independent investigation of our denomination.”
The story of the allegations made in opposition to the church planting community Sovereign Grace is prolonged and includes quite a few accusations of mishandling claims of sexual abuse. Former members of SGC say they have been discouraged from telling the authorities about situations of sexual abuse by the hands of church leaders and noticed leaders scuttling allegations and declining to warn church buildings about identified predators. This, accusers say, was all a matter of normal church coverage. Yow will discover an intensive abstract of the accusations right here.
The extent of documented claims has led to different church leaders publicly distancing themselves from former SGC chief C.J. Mahaney. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler says he regretted supporting Mahaney within the wake of the claims, writing: “To the survivors who were hurt by my errors, please know how grieved I am.”
However SGC contends their cooperation with the investigation led by civil authorities makes a third-party investigation into the claims pointless, writing “the demand that we subject our entire denomination to an investigation is neither just nor practically possible.” A number of causes for this argument are specified by an announcement on SGC’s web site, which might be learn in full right here. Among the many causes listed is their perception that “an independent investigation of an entire denomination based upon unsubstantiated allegations …is unwarranted and unjust.”
“… to topic any church (a lot much less each church in SGC) to an exterior investigation primarily based upon unsubstantiated on-line allegations, from the premise of a presumption of guilt, requiring compliance with requests of an investigator the church didn’t select, is unwarranted, prejudicial, and singularly unjust,” the assertion stated.
In response to the SGC, sexual abuse survivor advocate Rachael Denhollander wrote her personal assertion, saying “these are simply not valid objections.”
Each establishment that needs to pursue reality and accountability should sift by way of these questions, and quite a few Christian consultants can be found to assist correctly exegete Biblical requirements of justice and accountability. An impartial assessment by a professional agency requires increased, not decrease, requirements than the less-defined and fundamental requirements set out in Scripture.
Denhollander has repeatedly known as for SGC to bear an investigation led by GRACE — a company that helps church buildings and parachurch organizations consider their preparedness to reply to sexual abuse.