What Would Repentance Look Like for C.J. Mahaney? What Should the Church Accept?

While C.J. Mahaney resumed preaching amidst protesting there is one thing Mahaney needs to do. He needs to repent, and own the pain he caused others. This is my final post about T4G but this is what I believe the church should accept when it comes to Mahaney’s repentance. Anything less than this just does not cut it.

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way to turn out.”

John Wooden

“Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.”

Thomas Carlyle

I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10


John McArthur asks a good question. Does this apply to C.J. Mahaney?

C.J. Mahaney returned to preaching despite being dogged by allegation of criminal conduct in covering up child sex abuse. In this article the Phoenix Preacher said that the “tenth mark of healthy church” is that leaders have no conscience. While I like that let me also suggest this as well. The “tenth mark of a healthy church” is that money  trumps all other values, and when you can use money to influence and buy loyalty that is all that matters. When Al Mohler introduced Mahaney he said, “I told C.J. that in getting ready to introduce him I decided I would Google to see if there was anything on the Internet about him.” In that statement Al Mohler baited, and laughed…at the stories that came out of Covenant Life Church, Sovereign Grace Fairfax, Sovereign Grace Chesapeake and others Mohler laughed at those who were wounded. Mohler also said that Mahaney endured an incredible trial. Mahaney preached both on Job and how he suffered and how to create a culture of joy in your church. So let me get to the bottom of all this…first you are going to allegedly blackmail your ministry partner, allegedly cover up child sex abuse, allegedly use money to win people over, and then you are going to enforce a system that you are above and doesn’t apply to you.  When it all spills out you run and hide behind Mark Dever’s derrière. All this talk about being a man, about being  a jock, and that’s the best you can do? Run?  So you create your own problems, your own legal woes, and its all due to your allegation of criminal activity.  Yet you whine about your suffering and play the persecution card. I have one word to say to that:


That’s revolting and sickening that a person even thinks in that frame of mind. So you create your own problems and then you twist the Book of Job and warp it in the process.  And I thought Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were master manipulators. C.J. Mahaney has Joseph Smith beat hands down!

C.J. Mahaney needs to repent and these are what the church needs to see as a part of the process.


What Would C.J. Mahaney’s Repentance Look Like? What Should the Church Accept?

A while back Warren Throckmorton wrote about how one pastor who supported Gospel for Asia repented in light of the scandal. You can read what I did with 140 people in this post right here. This is what I believe needs to happen and I want to close out my T4G coverage with this post. This is what C.J. Mahaney needs to do.  

  • First he needs to shut down that run away church plant called Sovereign Grace Louisville. Shut it down, and turn it into a “Gospel Centered Parking Lot.” Whatever it takes…pull the plug on it and cease all operations there in Louisville.
  • Next he needs to return to the D.C. area and go back to Covenant Life Church. He needs to make amends with all the people there. He should meet with each person and seek their forgiveness. He should listen to them, heed what they say and take their advice. Everyone who was hurt at Covenant Life should be heard by him.
  • Third is that he ceases preaching, and the conference circuit. He stops his books in publication, after all his book on Humility is an absolute waste. The only thing its good for these days are toilet paper. But all the Reformed Industrial Complex needs to be shut down. No more..its done.
  • The other thing he needs to do is meet with the parents of child sex abuse survivors and heed them. He would meet with Noel, Happymom, Wallace, and others.  He will seek their forgiveness and listen to them. He will do what they want him to do. Responding to their desires is both consideration and sensitive. Plus he would show remorse in the process. That is what he needs to do.
  • He would go before Capital Hill Baptist Church and he would repent for fleeing there in 2011. He would repent for running from church discipline and violating his membership covenant at Covenant Life Church.
  • I would also suggest he seek Carolyn’s forgiveness. Its pretty bad when you boast of demanding sex from your pregnant wife who is experiencing morning sickness. That is inappropriate and wrong. You go back and repent for not honoring your wife and treating her in such a crude way. Honestly I can’t believe I have to even talk about this issue.

Will that happen? Probably not…but if it does happen that’s what should be requested. That is what the church should accept and welcome. Now the sad thing is that if he did all that in 2011 then he could have maybe done something in 2016 in a very different light. Could you imagine a T4G sermon possible on what he learned from his mistakes and seeking forgiveness? After being away for a few years and doing hard reflection?  Could you imagine if he was re-telling a story of meeting Noel and how he felt her pain from SGM Fairfax, and how he took in what was said and implemented it? Could you imagine a situation where he explains how he worked to help Noel’s daughter recover from his neglect, pay for any counseling, and serve their family in love. Can you imagine if that was preached before T4G how different things would be? I am a firm believer in giving people a second chance and even a third if necessary. However, that comes after doing the right thing first. That never happened with C.J. Mahaney, instead he did the opposite. I could make this a long post but in looking at the time its 10:19 and I am driving to Pennsylvania in the morning and I need to pack. So with that I am going to leave you with Garth Brooks singing “Friends in Low Places.” I just feel this is very appropriate for this week with T4G and all. Take care guys and I love you. 🙂

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