What C.J. Mahaney can Learn from Richard Nixon’s Resignation and Fall from Watergate: Some Thoughts on Humility

This is the story of the fall of Richard Nixon. On August 5, 1974 the “Smoking Gun” tape was released and Nixon’s Presidency was over. Facing impeachment articles, which were moving out of the House Judiciary Committee,  the President would resign in disgrace in a matter of days. This post is also about the repulsive behavior of C.J. Mahaney, who like Nixon,  also fell from power. There is a huge difference between the two, as Nixon learned from his mistakes and exhibited humility. Mahaney, who was “known” for his humility, was a fraud who just ran and fled when his allegations of criminal conduct came to the surface. This post, which is a history lesson is designed to teach the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Louisville, what he could learn from the 37th President of the United States when it comes to humility. 

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

C.S. Lewis 

“And as I leave, let me say, that is an example I think all of us should remember. We think sometimes when things happen that don’t go the right way; we think that when you don’t pass the bar exam the first time — I happened to, but I was just lucky; I mean, my writing was so poor the bar examiner said, “We have just got to let the guy through.” We think that when someone dear to us dies, we think that when we lose an election, we think that when we suffer a defeat that all is ended. We think, as T.R. said, that the light had left his life forever. Not true.

It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”

Richard Nixon to his White House staff on August 9, 1974

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.

“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
    and who tremble at my word.

Isaiah 66:2

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Richard Nixon waves farewell

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New York Times on Richard Nixon’s resignation

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Richard Nixon’s resignation speech on August 8, 1974.

White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler called it a “third rate burglary.” And while it may have been a minor burglary the long term consequences for the nation we’re long lasting and profound. As the Watergate scandal slowly grew the seeds of a Constitutional crisis were planted on Friday July 13, 1973 with Deputy Assistant Alexander Butterfield’s testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee. Donald Sanders who was the Deputy Minority Counsel inquired about rumors of taping conversations. When Sanders asked if there was any validity to John Dean’s hypothesis that the White House had taped conversations, Alexander Butterfield replied with the following. “I was wondering if someone would ask that. There is tape in the Oval Office.” Then Butterfield continued to describe the taping system that was installed in the White House in 1970.  He explained how it worked, and discussed how Nixon wanted everything taped. This revelation first happened in closed door testimony. The four investigators, of which Donald Sanders was one swore this information to secrecy. They eventually shared the information with Sam Ervin who was the Democrat Senator from North Carolina who chaired the Senate Watergate Committee. Both Ervin and Sam Dash realized how crucial it was that a Republican uncovered the taping system. They had Alexander Butterfield testify openly on television on Monday July 16, 1973. The testimony lasted 30 minutes and was led by Republican Chief Minority Counsel Fred Thompson. (Yes this is the same Fred Thompson of Bruce Willis Die Hard 2) Butterfield openly talked about the taping system. In that half hour time frame the Watergate scandal was permanently changed. Within hours of the testimony the White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig had the taping system removed. On July 18, Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox asked  Fred Buzhardt from the Nixon White House to turn over 8 tapes. The Nixon White House refused claiming separation of powers and executive privilege.  After being denied the Watergate Special Prosecutor had a grand jury subpoena issued that demanded that the White House tapes be turned over.

Alexander Butterfield’s testimony before Congress.

It grew into a legal battle that greatly angered Richard Nixon but what happened in October of 1973 was stunning. Cox turned down Nixon’s compromise and on Saturday October 19, 1973 Nixon wanted his Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and resigned in protest. Nixon then ordered his Deputy Attorney General, William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus refused and he also resigned from the Nixon Administration in protest. Nixon then had the Solicitor General Robert Bork fire Archibald Cox. This dramatic abuse of power became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. On Capitol Hill 21 resolutions were introduced calling for Nixon to be impeached. And 50,000 telegrams poured into Washington, D.C. calling for Nixon to be impeached. Nixon had overreached and agreed to let Robert Bork hire another Special Prosecutor to investigate Watergate. Bork’s nominee was Leon Jaworski. The legal battle over the White House tapes continued and it eventually reached the Supreme Court. On July 24, 1974 the United States Supreme Court released its verdict in Richard Nixon vs. the United States. It was a unanimous decision of 8 to 0 with William Rehnquist abstaining.  The court ruled that Leon Jaworski had proven a “sufficient likelihood that each of the tapes contain conversations of relevant to the offenses charged in the indictment.” Then turning to the issue of executive privilege the Supreme Court rejected Nixon’s claim to an “absolute, unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial processes under all circumstances.” Nixon was ordered to turn over the White House tapes.

 

Losing Support in Congress and Deciding to Resign

In the House of Representatives between July 27 and July 30th the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment. The charges drafted that passed were: obstructing the Watergate investigation, misuse of power, secondly Nixon violating his oath of office. Finally the third and last article dealt with the failure to comply with House subpoenas.  The most damning tape was the June 23, 1972 tape. It was recorded five days after the Watergate break in.  Nixon knew it was a problem after all he fought for over a year to keep the tape from being turned over.  On August 5, 1974 the transcript from the “Smoking Gun”  tape was released. It was revealed in that tape that Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman tried to get the CIA to falsely claim national security was involved in the Watergate issue. Nixon wanted to do this in an effort to get the FBI to end its investigation. By the way you can listen to Richard Nixon discuss the release of the June 23, tape here. As people processed the information some on Capitol Hill were shocked.

The release of the “Smoking Gun” tape on August 5, 1974  politically destroyed Nixon. It revealed that for 2 years he was dishonest and that he was involved in the cover-up from the beginning. One of the fiercest defenders of Richard Nixon in the House of Representatives was Congressman Charles Wiggins from California. As Wiggons realized what Nixon had done he ceased to publically support Nixon. Nearly all the Republicans who had voted against impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee had changed their mind and agreed to vote for impeachment when it came to the floor of the House. One of the leaders of the Republicans at the time was former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. On August 6, 1974 at the regular Senate Republican Conference lunch Barry Goldwater was incensed about the revelation of the June 23 tape. Goldwater quipped: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House – today!” After lunch Goldwater called William Timmons a White House aide to set up a meeting. To show you how the situation changed in a Time magazine interview about Watergate earlier in May of 1973 Goldwater said, “If it can be proved that he lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.” In the Nixon White house both Alexander Haig and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger knew Nixon needed to leave, the question was how to get him to go?

The entire situation was hard on the Nixon family. Nixon was trying to figure out what to do. When Pat Nixon heard about the August 5th tape she knew her husband’s presidency was over. She stayed up three days straight packing and getting ready to leave the White House. For Nixon’s children no action spoke louder than the note Julie Nixon Eisenhower left for her father on August 6 on his pillow. The note read:

Dear Daddy:

I love you. Whatever you do I will support. I am very proud of you.

Please wait a week or ten days before you make this decision. Go through the fire just a little bit longer. You are so strong!

I love you

Julie

Millions support you

On August 7, 1974 Barry Goldwater along with Republican Senator Hugh Scott from Pennsylvania and House Minority Leader John Jacob Rhodes from Arizona met with Richard Nixon. They walked into the Oval Office at 5:00 in the evening and they had come to tell him that he lost all support in the Congress. In the end Nixon only had 15 Senators who would support him. Nixon knew that upon his impeachment he would be convicted in the Senate. After hearing the Republican leadership from Congress speak Nixon opened up and said, “I’ve got a very difficult decision to make.” After the leadership left Nixon remained in the Oval Office thinking about the situation, he then made the decision to resign the presidency. The evidence was overwhelming, the political support was lost and if he stayed and fought the situation it could drag it out, and with issues in foreign policy from the Vietnam conflict still ongoing, to the Cold War to issues at home, staying and fighting would not help. In addition to the Republican leadership in the Congress telling Nixon he didn’t have the support, George Bush who led the Republican National Committee wrote Nixon a private letter telling him he needed to resign.  Nixon then left and went to the White House solarium to meet his family. Nixon’s daughters had urged him not to quit, after all Tricia left a note on his pillow the previous evening. The news that Nixon would quit was told to the family by Rose Mary Woods, who was Nixon’s secretary. Now Nixon had to work on his resignation speech. In Tricia Nixon Cox’s diary after that meeting she wrote that it is “a day for tears.” That evening Nixon only got 3 hours of sleep.

The following morning at 11:00 a.m. Nixon met with Vice President Gerald Ford. Ford had only been in the office since December 6, 1973 and had replaced Spiro Agnew. In that meeting Nixon thanked Ford for his loyalty and encouraged him to retain Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig. Nixon shook Ford’s hand and said, “This will be the last time I’ll call you Jerry Mr. President.” It was an emotional moment for both an outgoing President and an incoming one.  That evening Nixon made some phone calls and informed people that he was resigning. He was scheduled to give a national address at 9:00 p.m. in which he would announce his resignation to the country. As make up was being applied the President wept over what was happening. Shortly before 9:00 he took his seat behind the Oval Office desk and he began to speak. A few minutes after he began United States history was forever changed when Nixon firmly stated, “I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.” With that one sentence he became the first President in United States history to resign from office. When the speech to the nation was over Henry Kissinger accompanied Richard Nixon to the private living quarters one final time. Henry said, “History is going to record that you were a great president.” Nixon then responded, “Henry, that will depend upon who writes the history.” Nixon made a few more calls about his resignation and then he went to bed. As Nixon was in the privacy of the White House he could hear the protestors outside protesting. They were jubilant and they were chanting, “Jail to the Chief! Jail to the Chief.”

 

 

Richard Nixon’s farewell to the White House staff on August 9, 1974.

August 9, 1974

On August 9, Nixon woke up and looked at his watch. It said 4:00 a.m. and in his pajamas the President stumbled out to the kitchen. He was shocked when he saw the White House waiter. Nixon asked, “What are you doing here so early?” “It isn’t early Mr. President. It’s almost six o’clock.” Nixon looked at his watch and saw that the battery died over night.  His final meal in the White House was corned beef hash and poached eggs. Early in the morning Al Haig had entered the Lincoln Sitting Room and handed Nixon a sheet of paper that was his resignation. It consisted of one line that said, “I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States.” Nixon read it and signed his signature. Later Henry Kissinger also initialed it saying that he received it at 11:35 a.m. I also believe that Nixon had also communicated that there was to be no pardon by Ford.

Then Nixon went into the East Room of the White House to address members of the Nixon Cabinet and the 300 White House staff. As the band played “Hail to the Chief” the crowd rose to its feet and gave an applause for three minutes. Nixon cried and his family followed him through the crowd and he made his way to the podium, and his family lined themselves behind him. This speech, which I have above, I would challenge you to listen. I wonder if people saw this side of Nixon if he would have the reputation he had. This speech was not business like but it was intensely personal and very emotional. In the speech Nixon thanked the White House staff for their service. He lamented that he never got to know them better. He talked about how proud he was of his Cabinet. Nixon continued and thanked people for their government service. As Nixon spoke and continued many staffers wept over what they were hearing and watching Nixon’s Presidency come down to this. And then Nixon started to talk about his family by first discussing his father.

“I remember my old man. I think that they would have called him sort of a little man, common man. He didn’t consider himself that way. You know what he was? He was a streetcar motorman first, and then he was a farmer, and then he had a lemon ranch. It was the poorest lemon ranch in California, I can assure you. He sold it before they found oil on it. [Laughter] And then he was a grocer. But he was a great man, because he did his job, and every job counts up to the hilt, regardless of what happens.”

Next Nixon talked about his mother.

“Nobody will ever write a book, probably, about my mother. Well, I guess all of you would say this about your mother — my mother was a saint. And I think of her, two boys dying of tuberculosis, nursing four others in order that she could take care of my older brother for three years in Arizona, and seeing each of them die, and when they died, it was like one of her own.

Yes, she will have no books written about her. But she was a saint.”

Then Nixon talked about loss and grief when things don’t go your way. He spoke about Teddy Roosevelt’s loss of his mother and wife and the grief he experienced.

“Now, however, we look to the future. I had a little quote in the speech last night from T.R. [Theodore Roosevelt]. As you know, I kind of like to read books. I am not educated, but I do read books — and the T.R. quote was a pretty good one. Here is another one I found as I was reading, my last night in the White House, and this quote is about a young man. He was a young lawyer in New York. He had married a beautiful girl, and they had a lovely daughter, and then suddenly she died, and this is what he wrote. This was in his diary.”

“He said, “She was beautiful in face and form and lovelier still in spirit. As a flower she grew and as a fair young flower she died. Her life had been always in the sunshine. There had never come to her a single great sorrow. None ever knew her who did not love and revere her for her bright and sunny temper and her saintly unselfishness. Fair, pure and joyous as a maiden, loving, tender and happy as a young wife. When she had just become a mother, when her life seemed to be just begun and when the years seemed so bright before her, then by a strange and terrible fate death came to her. And when my heart’s dearest died, the light went from my life forever.”

“That was T.R. in his twenties. He thought the light had gone from his life forever — but he went on. And he not only became President but, as an ex-President, he served his country, always in the arena, tempestuous, strong, sometimes wrong, sometimes right, but he was a man. “

Then Nixon spoke about failure and when life doesn’t go the way you would like it.

“And as I leave, let me say, that is an example I think all of us should remember. We think sometimes when things happen that don’t go the right way; we think that when you don’t pass the bar exam the first time — I happened to, but I was just lucky; I mean, my writing was so poor the bar examiner said, “We have just got to let the guy through.” We think that when someone dear to us dies, we think that when we lose an election, we think that when we suffer a defeat that all is ended. We think, as T.R. said, that the light had left his life forever. Not true.”

“It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. “

“And so I say to you on this occasion, as we leave, we leave proud of the people who have stood by us and worked for us and served this country. We want you to be proud of what you have done. We want you to continue to serve in government, if that is your wish.”

“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”

After talking about his journey from Yorba Linda, California to the White House Nixon bid farewell. The red carpet was rolled out to Marine Force One the helicopter that flew the president to Andrews Air Force Base where he would fly back to San Clemente, California.  Richard Nixon accompanied by his wife Pat and followed by Gerald Ford and his wife Betty Ford who also walked down the carpet. The United States military honor guard lined the outside of the helicopter. Nixon and his wife climbed aboard. Then the President turned around and waved farewell, and gave the victory symbol. Gerald Ford and the White House staff waved to the helicopter as the door was closed. As the blades started to turn Pat Nixon who had been up for several days straight said to herself, “It’s so sad, it’s so sad.” Ironically the helicopter flew near the Watergate complex of which lying about a small burglary would be responsible for Nixon’s undoing.  Air Force One took off for California, and was 13 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Missouri at noon when Gerald Ford finished taking his oath as the new President of the United States.

 

After Resignation the Fallout Continues

Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski was delighted when Nixon resigned. Al Haig spoke with Nixon and told him that he thought Jaworski would stop pursuing him. Just the opposite happened as individuals on Jaworski’s staff still continued the investigation. Nixon was stunned. Nixon also resigned from the Supreme Court, and the BARS of California and New York. The Supreme Court and California accepted his resignation. The New York BAR  refused and instead began disbarment proceedings. Lawsuits against Nixon related to Watergate and other matters  resumed. Nixon himself estimates that in the 15 years since resignation he spent over $1.8 million defending himself in lawyer fees. Watergate still continued and when watching the Rose Bowl in 1975 the game was interrupted to announce the conviction of John Mitchell and other Nixon aides.

But the hardest thing for Nixon to do was to accept Gerald Ford’s pardon. Nixon didn’t want to be pardoned but Watergate was still consuming the country. Nixon was undecided on what to do. His attorney Jack Miller advised him to accept it. Ford wanted to grant the pardon so that the country could move forward. Plus it was affecting Ford’s ability to govern. Miller was also concerned about Nixon’s financial situation and pointed out that the cost of defending himself would likely bankrupt him in the long term. He also thought that Nixon had taken about as much physically, mentally, and emotionally as he could. But the main reason why Miller wanted Nixon to accept the pardon, is because he didn’t believe Nixon would be able to get a fair trial. Nixon knew that accepting the pardon meant owning the mistakes of Watergate. Thus, he finally accepted the pardon and issued the following statement. “I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy. No words can describe the depth of my regret and pain at the anguish my mistakes over Watergate have caused the nation and the presidency, a nation I so deeply love, and an institution I so greatly respect.”  While the outrage over the pardon continued Nixon found himself in a medical crisis when he came down with phlebitis in October of 1974. In the middle of surgery Nixon went into shock and the doctors worked hard not to lose him. While the doctors labored at trying to raise Nixon’s blood pressure Pat Nixon, as well as his daughters Tricia and Julie spent the night in the next room standing by. As Nixon said in his book, “In the Arena” he closed out chapter two by stating the following.  “For the first time in my life I was a physical wreck: I was emotionally drained; I was mentally burned out. This time as compared to other crises I had endured I could see no reason to live, no cause to fight for. Unless a person has a reason to live for other than himself, he will die – first mentally, then emotionally, then physically. “

 

Richard Nixon’s Rehabilitation and Humility

I would suggest to you that Nixon’s rehabilitation was linked to his humility which came about as a result of his brokenness from the Watergate scandal.  At the end of 1974 Nixon didn’t know if he would be able to bounce back. In 1976 Mao Zedong personally invited Nixon to China, and he went. In 1977 British Talk Show host David Frost paid him $600,000 for a series of sit down interviews. Frost pressed Nixon on Watergate and Nixon admitted that he had “let done the country.” Nixon went on and stated, “I brought myself down. I gave them a sword and they stuck it in. And they twisted it with relish. And, I guess, if I’d been in their position, I’d have done the same thing.” When they were broadcast 40 to 50 million people watched the interviews. In early 1978 he visited the United Kingdom. Nixon was shunned by most Americans there and the ministers in the Labor government led by James Callaghan. In contrast he was welcomed by Margaret Thatcher and former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Nixon was asked to speak to the Oxford Union about Watergate. In it Nixon stated, “Some people say I didn’t handle it properly and they’re right. I screwed it up. Mea culpa. But let’s get on to my achievements. You’ll be here in the year 2000 and we’ll see how I’m regarded then.” That same year Nixon published his memoirs.

In 1979 Deng Xiaoping personally requested to Jimmy Carter that Nixon be present at the White House state dinner. Nixon moved from California to a New York City town house in 1980 before moving to New Jersey in 1981. When Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated Nixon, along with Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford represented the United States at the the funeral. It was Nixon’s first official state event since his resignation in disgrace in 1974. Nixon started to write about foreign policy. Ronald Reagan consulted with him as did other political leaders. During this time he opened himself up more and spoke about Watergate. Nixon journeyed  to the Soviet Union and met with Mikhail Gorbachev and after talking with him wrote up his impressions of the Soviet leader and sent them to Reagan. After he met with Gorbachev Gallop did a poll and Richard Nixon was ranked as one of the top 10 most admired men. But it was Newsweek’s cover in 1986 that confirmed the obvious. Nixon had rehabilitated himself from the shame of Watergate. He was in demand, and published regularly. He opened up and spoke about Watergate from time to time. When Richard Nixon’s presidential library opened in July of 1990 in Yorba Linda, California several of the Watergate tapes were on display and could be listened to. This included the “Smoking Gun” tape of June 23, 1972.  Now having written all that, let’s stop and look at C.J. Mahaney who is known for his “humility.”

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Examining C.J. Mahaney

C.J. Mahaney has long been known for his “humility.” He published a book that for years that was the darling of the Neo-Calvinists. In some seminaries for years it was being pushed as the book to read. “Humility: True Greatness” was published in September of 2005 and its forward was written by Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. The book I believe is based on Isaiah 66. If I am mistaken then please correct me. Lets look at this old review by Adrian Warnock called “Humility: true greatness by C.J.Mahaney – one of the books every christian should read.” In what would be a love fest consider what Adrian wrote.

First he opens up the review by saying:

There are few subjects that are both as critical to the church and as poorly understood and practiced as humility. There are few men more qualified to teach us on the subject than C.J.Mahaney. When I had the priviledge of an interview with CJ by email a few weeks back I was again reminded of his amazing humility and have not been disappointed in the content of his new book.

C.J. urges us to learn to simply “serve others for the glory of God” urging us to realise that pride is quite out of place for the Christian – C.J. quoted Carl Henry as saying “how can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross”

C.J. masterfully outlines some practical ways for us to cultivate humility and holds before us another reason to do so “the humble are genuinely care free”

Adrian goes on and says the following

C.J.s deliberate pursuit of the God of the humble has achived much in his lifetime. We can all do well to learn from the wisdom distilled in this, his finest book so far.

I have no hesitation at all in adding this book to my list of books I feel every Christian should read at some point in their Christian lives.

Now you may ask if its fair to critique a review by Adrian that was written in 2005? In this case since the review is still posted and running on Adrian’s website I believe it is fair game. If Adrian changed his thoughts on C.J. he would have edited the post, done an update, or published another post to state his thoughts. But that just didn’t happen! Then there was another situation that I think is fair to write about. Last year I wrote about the Senior Pastor of Clovis Evangelical Free in Clovis, California. Wil Owens once had an impressive drool fest over C.J. Mahaney. I took the old post and examined Wil Owens and his beliefs on C.J. Mahaney. You can read about that in “Is Wil Owens, the Senior Pastor of Clovis Evangelical Free Still Drooling Over C.J. Mahaney?” So while that explains C.J.’s book on humility and how others have viewed him the question I would like to ask is the following. Is Mahaney humble? Does his life reveal humility? Before moving on to answer that question if you need more information there is this review of Mahaney’s book at The Wartburg Watch which you can read here.

 

Does C.J. Mahaney Exhibit Humility?

A lot has changed with Mahaney and Sovereign Grace since his book on “Humility” was published in 2005. Let’s review what happened and follow the situation up until today. Mahaney who was often extoled as the model for humility turned out to be anything but humble. C.J. Mahaney while extoling and presenting himself as “humble” did much that was disturbing, and troubling. First he took his friend Larry Tomczak and used his son’s confession to allegedly blackmail Larry. Larry’s son had allegedly committed a sex crime and instead of going to the police, he used the information to drive People of Destiny International into a Neo-Calvinism. You can read about that as well as the transcript in “Has God Foreordained an Alleged Child Sex Abuse Cover up in Sovereign Grace Ministries/Churches? Is that why CJ Mahaney is so Sacred?  In late June of 2011 a new website was launched. Called SGM WikiLeaks it hemorrhaged a lot of information about C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace. In July 2, 2011 C.J. Mahaney stepped down due to the scandal. In time he fled Covenant Life instead of face church discipline (after all don’t you know….church discipline is for the person at the bottom of the totem pole like you and me, not people like C.J.!) C.J. Mahaney once called Covenant Life the dearest place on earth and despite that he ended up running, and hiding behind the “Gospel Centered” rear end of Mark Dever over at Capitol Hill Baptist. Then a board was set up and Kevin DeYoung, Ray Outland, and Carl Trueman proclaimed that Mahaney was “fit for ministry.” More information and allegations of criminal activity to include the alleged cover up of child sex abuse continued to hemorrhage. In time C.J. Mahaney then fled the Washington, D.C. area to plant Sovereign Grace Louisville. Then a lawsuit commence against “the humble one” in October of 2012. Spearheaded by Susan Burke who is also responsible for prosecuting rape cases in the US military the lawsuit grew yet again. It was eventually thrown out on a technicality but the lawsuit is set to resume in the near future. Then there is this bastardized statement by C.J. Mahaney on how he said that he can address the situation and one day. My question is this…has he? One of the families  affected in the situation responded to C.J. Mahaney’s statement and released their own. Eventually Mahaney then spoke at T4G in which he preached on Job and discussed how he was “persecuted.” Poor C.J.  so you are going to engage in alleged cover up of child sex abuse and other criminal activity and then when you are caught you play the persecution card. To the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Louisville I have to say this, sorry that BS doesn’t fly with me.

 

What C.J. Mahaney Can Learn from Richard Nixon

There is a lot that C.J. Mahaney can learn from Richard Nixon.  They both  fell from power, one from the Presidency and the other from the head of Sovereign Grace Ministries. The key difference is that one learned from his mistakes and the other one did not. One became more humble and the other one revealed his permanent state of corruption. Here is how Richard Nixon exhibits humility and I will contrast that with C.J. Mahaney.

  1. Nixon resigned and put the country ahead of himself. He didn’t stay and fight instead he listened to the news and realized he had to leave. By taking such action he showed humility in the fact that he chose to leave. In contrast C.J. Mahaney fled and preached at Capitol Hill Baptist. His “ministry” was controversial and he continued and split churches, and even families. C.J. Mahaney didn’t give a damn about the conflict he was causing. For Mahaney its himself first and then the church of the Lord second.  The fact that he preaches when he damn well know he should not reveals how corrupt he is.
  2. Nixon also accepted Ford’s pardon when he did not want to. He did it when advised to. In accepting the pardon he admitted that he failed as a leader and he was apart of the Watergate cover up. Nixon’s acceptance of the pardon reveals his guilt. Plus Nixon as the head of government owned his mistakes.  Next compare that with how Mahaney reacted to the SGM lawsuit. He denied anything and issued a half assed statement. Consider this part of the statement by Mahaney. “I look forward to the day when I can speak freely. For now, the simple and extraordinarily unsatisfying reality—for myself and others—is that in the face of an ongoing civil lawsuit, I simply cannot speak publicly to the specifics of these events.” We have had two years since that statement has come out. Has he finally spoken freely like he said he wanted to do? What has stopped him? Plus consider Mahaney headed up SGM, did he own the mistakes of his organization? Especially as the head of it?
  3. Consider what happened in the course of time. Richard Nixon spoke about Watergate. He owned his mistakes. When his library was even built in Yorba Linda, California he featured his mistakes front and center. You, I, and any visitor can go there and listen to the “Smoking Gun” and hear Nixon’s complicity.  Yet in talking about his complicity he showed his humility. He spoke about how he failed and he addressed it. Now compare that with C.J. Mahaney. Mahaney just fled…from Gaithersburg, Maryland to Washington, D.C. eventually to Louisville. Has  he been forthright and admitted his alleged criminal activity? Did he confess and has he spoken openly about his allegation of blackmail? What about the criminal allegations of covering up child sex abuse? Has he come clean with any of that? Of course not.

So there you have it…I ask you to discuss the following. Is C.J. Mahaney humble? Who expresses more humility in the end? In my view its Richard Nixon. I believe C.J. should serve time in prison for his allegations of criminal activity. Since we are speaking about Watergate maybe he can start by reading Chuck Colson. That’s it guys please know that I love you.

3 thoughts on “What C.J. Mahaney can Learn from Richard Nixon’s Resignation and Fall from Watergate: Some Thoughts on Humility

  1. A delegation of republicans led by Goldwater went to Nixon and told him he had lost any remaining support in congress. Nixon resigned the next day. The difference between the two began by circumstance beyond Nixon’s control. Too bad CJ did not have colleagues that similarly told told him to depart, he might have then had opportunity to find the humility Nixon eventually discovered.

    It is leaders like CJ’s supporters that give church politics a worse reputation than that of the government.

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