An Open Letter to Andrew Hoffman (Multiplication Catalyst for ECFA’s Western District on Why Its Time to Admit that the Neo-Calvinist Movement Has Failed…)

An open letter to the Multiplication Catalyst of The Western District. Andrew Hoffman who is involved in The Gospel Coalition of the Bay Area gets a frank letter on why the Neo-Calvinist movement is a failure, and why its run its course. From Mark Driscoll talking about the Biblical basis of blowjobs, to C.J. Mahaney’s SGM scandal and allegations of covering up child sex abuse, to D.A. Carson attacking a rape victim; to my brush with Eric Simmons Redeemer Arlington. The days of The Gospel Coalition and the Neo-Calvinist movement are over. Its time to admit that it has failed and move forward. 

“The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may see, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while. While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wondering (sic) the streets looking for a house to live in,” Driscoll’s post continued. “Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.

Mark Driscoll 

23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice[a] at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Matthew 5:23-24 NLT 

Deep theology in a classic Christmas movie, Die Hard. Andrew Hoffman welcome to the party pal! 

Andrew Hoffman wears dual hats. One hat is senior pastor of Solano Community Church in Albany, California which is near the University of California Berkeley. Solano is a church in The Gospel Coalition and Andrew is deeply involved in The Gospel Coalition of the Bay Area. The second hat is of Church Planting Coach of The Western District. Andrew is in awe of D.A. Carson and allegedly drools at the sight of him like other Neo-Calvinists. He went to college at University of California Santa Barbara where he obtained a degrees in literature and music. Finally Andrew also earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical School and an M.A. as well. 

 

Andrew-

We need to have a talk, really a frank discussion on why the Neo-Calvinist movement is a complete, epic and total failure. Its my hope that you and others like you will have the humility to put it to bed. If not individuals like me will write so much about it that people will stay away. There is something deeply wrong when the movement that you identify with is giving birth to blogs like mine. Its time to pull the plug, its time to euthanize it and spare us of the pain that currently exists. The main reasons why the Neo-Calvinist movement is over comes down to six reasons which I will list here:

  1. Mark Driscoll
  2. C.J. Mahaney 
  3. Mark Dever & 9 Marks 
  4. D.A. Carson & The Gospel Coalition 
  5. John Piper 
  6. Eric Simmons & Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington 

I will go into those reasons in detail. This is going to be a lurid post, after all I am going to be talking about Mark Driscoll, but its what your movement gave birth to so its time to be a man and face the facts. Are you ready for this post? I should also mention that this will follow your church website which people will find when they Google Solano Community Church. 

First reason the Neo-Calvinist movement failed is that of Mark Driscoll. Mark was a jacked up individual in Seattle. For me he will always be remembered for teaching that women are penis homes and that a repentant woman gets down on her knees and performs a “Gospel Centered Blow Job.” Oh and by the way Andrew this post will be well sourced so you can read about these facts in newspapers like the New York Daily News, Washington Post or other publications. But why when it came forward that he said that women are penis homes was so much of your tribe silent? Do you agree with that teaching Andrew? Are women penis homes? What about when Mark Driscoll said that a repentant woman gets down on her knees and gives a blow job. Is that what Christianity is about? When all this kept pouring out those in your tribe that I knew kept explaining, rationalizing, and talking down the issue. Mark Driscoll was probably one of the crudest individuals I have come across. Do you know what it was like to be an agnostic, outside the faith, and to see Mark Driscoll’s behavior and use that as a means to reject Christianity because he is too corrupt? I would suggest you read the following post, called, “How Celebrity Pastors Become Divisive: Mark Driscoll, Andrew White, Eagle and the Launch of Paul and Jonna Petry’s “Joyful Exiles”“Do you know what its like to watch a lot of Neo-Calvinist individuals share, promote and discuss his books and sermons, when they were flawed? Why did an agnostic, a follower of Christopher Hitchens see the problems more so that those who had “sound doctrine?” Then there was Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism. Tell me Andrew what would have happened if you engaged in serious plagiarism at the University of California Santa Barbara? Not sure, well in this link you can find the rules for plagiarism. And yet many Neo-Calvinists were silent on the plagiarism issue.  Why is that Andrew? Mark Driscoll is a con man and a fraud, the fact that he was promoted by your movement for years showed that Neo-Calvinism is corrupt, decadent and flawed. Is part of the reason why the Neo-Calvinist movement had a hard time seeing Mark Driscoll’s problems because Neo-Calvinism to its core is corrupt? So let’s move on to the next issue. 

 

Humility? Or is the ego of a person with a narcissistic personality disorder being stoked? 

 

The second reason why Neo-Calvinism has failed deals with C.J. Mahaney. Where do I start with C.J.? Do I start out by pointing out the issues of the problems of boasting of one’s humility to where you publish a book to state how humble you are? Is that humility Andrew or is that narcissism? If Mahaney were humble he wouldn’t have published that book and his actions alone would have spoken to humility. He would downplay his behavior and would be embarrassed about the attention and avoid it. What about the culture he created at Sovereign Grace which was documented and written about at SGM Survivors? Story after story of spiritual trauma, problems, pain and families that were destroyed. There was one story I read a while back that I will never forget. A women at Covenant Life Church was shunned and removed from the congregation? What did she do that was so awful? What did she do that was so horrific? She took her ailing father who was Catholic and in the process of dying to Mass because she wanted to honor him before he died. Then there was all the child sex abuse in Sovereign Grace that was allegedly covered up. Have you read this article in the Washingtonian? It was the finest moment for the Neo-Calvinist movement I would say. I did analysis of the article which you can read in “Washingtonian Magazine Writes about Sovereign Grace Ministries and Child Sex Abuse Problems; Analysis of the Article.” Then there was the entire implosion of SGM which came about due to C.J. Mahaney’s corruption. Mahaney who once called his local church the “dearest place on earth” which I believe is a reference to Charles Spurgeon fled Covenant Life when all his alleged criminal activity came to light. It became public that he blackmailed Larry Tomczak, when his child allegedly committed a sex crime. You can read about that blackmail in “Has God Foreordained an Alleged Child Sex Abuse Cover up in Sovereign Grace Ministries/Churches? Is that why CJ Mahaney is so Sacred?” So Mahaney whose ministry was brutal in its practice of church discipline ran and hid at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Then in the course of time he ran again down to Louisville. Did you know Andrew that in SGM used church discipline aggressively and called on people to “give until it hurts?” Did you know that in the shadow of the nation’s capitol in counties such as Fairfax, Montgomery, and Prince William people gave so much to SGM that they forsake meat and had oatmeal for dinner? Meanwhile people thought they were investing in the Lord’s kingdom, instead they were investing in the Magic Kingdom of Orlando and Walt Disney World in Florida when C.J. took his family on all expense paid trips. The State of Florida and the Department of Tourism benefited from Mahaney’s corruption I will say that.  Then while people were giving in such sacrificial ways Mahaney was using the money to allegedly purchase friendships with people like Al Mohler and more. Its called “Gospel Centered Bribery”. Another act of brazen corruption came to light not long ago. Did you know that Mahaney signed off on a hush fund to allegedly buy a SGM pastor from joining the SGM lawsuit. What happened is that the SGM pastor’s son was allegedly sexually abused. This happened at one of the SGM churches in the NE of the United States. You can read about it in “Hush Fund Set Up by Top SGM Leaders to Meet the Demands of a SGM Pastor Whose Son Was Sexually Abused ”  Then we mustn’t forget that C.J. who was all about being a man and a jock once boasted of demanding sex from his wife Carolyn while she was hugging the porcelain God because of morning sickness. Is that how a man treats his pregnant wife? So what does all this mean…bribery, blackmail, allegations of criminal activity? Its means CJ’s ass is T4G material Andrew!  After all that then he gets to go before people like you at the KFC Yum Center at Louisville where he give’s a talk comparing himself to Job. Poor C.J. you’re going to allegedly engage in criminal activity and then complain that you are suffering due to such activity. Poor bastard, I could almost shed a tear! Andrew, again this is your movement! 

Lets continue and further look at why we need to stick a fork in the Neo-Calvinist movement. Another reason is Mark Dever and 9 Marks. 9 Marks is the rage and its popular among the Neo-Calvinist movement. But here is the problem with 9 Marks, it was undermined by Mark Dever when C.J. Mahaney fled Covenant Life Church in the SGM scandal. Mark Dever who wrote “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” violated 5 of the 9 Marks. Violated are membership, The Gospel, leadership, discipline, and discipleship. You can read about this in9 Marks: What is it? How Mark Dever Undermined it and Made it Worthless.” When Mahaney fled Covenant Life and hid behind Mark Dever Mark showed that pastors are not subject to church discipline. More in a second about this issue. Mark instead took him in and let him continue to run. Why didn’t Mark give C.J. a good strong kick in the ass and say “go back to Covenant Life where you belong!” Mark Dever in his corruption taught that leaders will never face church discipline. Mark Dever will never face church discipline at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Nor will any other Neo-Calvinist leader. C.J. Mahaney won’t, nor will Kevin DeYoung or Matt Chandler. Lets cut to the bull and state that up front.  By the way I also would suggest that 9 Marks is going to get Christians killed in foreign countries. Exporting 9 Marks is the last thing that many countries need, in some cases the paper trail that is left is a gift to those in Islamic fundamentalism.  You can read bout that in “Does the Christian Community in Pakistan Need Mark Dever’s 9 Marks?” There is another problem with 9 Marks that for me has turned my stomach on church membership and made me opposed to it. Legalistic membership covenants that have been vetted by attorneys and are legal documents. To read more about the problems of membership covenants I would read the following post.  “Neo-Calvinist Membership Covenants: The New Berlin Wall Amidst a Theological Cold War?

Shall we continue Andrew as we look at why Neo-Calvinism is a total failure? Let’s look at D.A. Carson. One of the darkest and ugliest events in modern evangelical history is attributed to D.A. Carson. When the SGM lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality dealing with statute of limitation issues what D.A. Carson did was horrific. On May 24, 2013 D.A. Carson issued a statement along with Justin Taylor and Kevin DeYoung in which they attacked someone who was raped when they were 13. Its in the following piece of work called, “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit.” Keep in mind that Carson did this when he was 67! What type of person goes after a rape victim? Can you explain that to me Andrew Hoffman? You are the one who drools over Carson as you state in your biography. Muslims bow towards Mecca, and you get down on your knees and bow towards his office at Trinity. You have an interesting role mode! When Carson attacks a rape victim and the EFCA is silent it begs the question…is the EFCA a rape culture? I wrote about this and more inFrom D.A. Carson to Steve Estes the Following Question Must be Asked: Is the Evangelical Free Church of America a Safe Place for Sexual Assault Victims?I wrote about an EFCA church in Pennsylvania that practiced church discipline on an alleged rape victim. Does this explain why such behavior happens if individuals like you drool over someone who attacks a rape victim? As long as this blog exists I am going to keep writing about this topic until D.A. Carson owns his mistakes and states that he is wrong. God forbid that a seminary professor say “I am wrong” and does what Jesus commands. Wouldn’t you agree Andrew Hoffman? I would encourage you to read the following letter that I wrote to the Dean of the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “An Open Letter to Graham A Cole (Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Regarding D.A. Carson Attacking a Rape Victim in The Gospel Coalition Statement out of His Loyalty to the Embattled C.J. Mahaney)The Gospel Coalition is one of the most jacked up Christian organizations in existence today. It coddled Mark Driscoll, and C.J. Mahaney despite the problems and corruption that poured out. You guys in The Gospel Coalition have taken tribalism to a brand new level. Basically you have kicked Jesus in his nuts in your effort to protect your Neo-Calvinist brand at any and all costs. Scandal after scandal has played out and The Gospel Coalition can’t act like a Christian organization and acts more like the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. 

John Piper on a woman submitting to her domestic abuser. 

The fifth reason the Neo-Calvinist movement has failed is due to John Piper. For many Neo-Calvinists John Piper is God incarnate. He is either the 67th book of the Bible or he is the fourth person of the trinity. Remember how Pat Robertson used to shoot off his mouth every time there would be a hurricane? Pat would be so predictable. Well John Piper is the Neo-Calvinist equivalent of Pat Robertson. Except in John’s case its tornadoes. John always has to weigh in and he has to do this because Neo-Calvinist theology is pure fatalism. John’s theology has more in common with Sunni Islam. Andrew have you ever heard of the term the Islamization of Christianity? That is what John Piper represents. It is and remains really sad…John Piper stood in SGM Louisville and supported C.J. Mahaney and talked about how he chose to be there. And yet while ignoring allegations of child sexual abuse cover up in SGM, the one issue that can get John Piper going is Greg Boyd being an open theist. In the past Piper I believe has tried to get Greg Boyd fired from Bethel. So Piper will go ballistic on an open theist and yet he own’t give a damn about the rape of a child. As they say in the United States military, Whiskey, Tango Foxtrot? 

Then there is John Piper’s past teaching on domestic abuse. This is another reason why the Neo-Calvinist movement has been an epic failure. Do you remember that Andrew? I have the video up above for you to watch. John Piper actually taught that a woman in a domestic abuse who is smacked endures it and then seeks help. What if that one smack killed her? She should just submit to her domestic abuser even when her life is threatened? Who the hell teaches that crap? Are women human in these kinds of theological systems? Do they have a purpose and a hope? Then there is also John Piper’s teaching on cancer. You know Andrew when I once drank the Kool Aid I gave my late Mom John Piper’s pamphlet that told her that her pancreatic cancer is a gift from God. My Mother tearfully confronted me on it much later. It was a horrifying moment. You can read about it in “My Mother’s Pancreatic Cancer, John Piper and Me.” A wasted life Andrew is someone who read John Piper and builds their theology around everything that he says. That is a wasted life. 

I could go on and on, but the final reason why the Neo-Calvinism has been a total failure is personal and hit home, and my family hard. Churches like former SGM’s Redeemer Arlington (now Acts 29) are another epic reason why this painful movement needs to be euthanized. You can read about the history of Redeemer  in “The History of Eric Simmons’ Redeemer Arlington: Formerly of Sovereign Grace Ministries now of Acts 29.”  I was unsuccessfully recruited into Redeemer Arlington by an Air Force Captain. He hails from Colorado Springs and helped save the life of a young girl in Portland, Oregon through a bone-marrow transplant. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005. At The Wondering Eagle his name goes by Andrew White, which is a pseudo. Andrew begged, pleaded and tried to get me involved in Redeemer. As a disciple of Christopher Hitchens at the time it baffled me. You are outside the faith and you believe that Christianity is a cancer and that western civilization would be better off had it not even exist. And then you are being invited to a church in C.J. Mahaney’s Sovereign Grace Ministries when there are all these allegations of criminal activity hemorrhaging out of the movement.  I tell you Andrew being invited to Sovereign Grace helped justify and rationalize atheism. It fueled it, and empowered it for me. Andrew while evangelizing me in a faith crisis driven by the problem of evil then did the un-thinkable. This individual who invited me into his home and asked me to change the password to his computer for him turned around and gave birth to a false accusation that took aim at my name, ability to earn income and more. It was the darkest and most painful season of my life. And yes I say that after just losing my Mom, which was also difficult. But the false accusation gave me PTSD and I was threatened to be reported to law enforcement for a crime I never committed. After Andrew gave birth to that threat in time he turned around and started evangelizing another person. An Air Force Captain who claimed he had “sound doctrine” and was into Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Matt Chandler and more taught me why rape and sexual assault are a problem in the military. Its about abuse of power which is what he did. You can read about that situation inHow I Managed a False Accusation Given Birth to by a USAF Captain and Care Group Leader from Redeemer Arlington for 408 Days.” The false accusation was never resolved and dragged on. Even though I sought forgiveness from nearly 150 people the own person who spurned it in the end was the one who boasted of having “sound doctrine.” It created challenges for me which still exist. The attorney wanted him to nullify the false accusation, and I tried to resolve it with his church Redeemer Arlington. Andrew White broke the discussions and ran while this false accusation hung over my head. What is heartbreaking Andrew Hoffman is that when my Mom became ill in December of 2016 and went into the hospital the situation popped up and my Mom asked me how my efforts were in trying to get a new job. When my Mom was dealing with delirium in a hospital setting she should not have asked those questions. Andrew do those of you in The Gospel Coalition believe that a loved one dealing with a terminal illness should also deal with the ramifications of their child’s spiritual abuse? Do you believe that a loved one should be able to die in peace? All of that is what gave birth to this blog. All I wanted was a simple, “Dave I’m sorry, I was wrong, will you forgive me and lets work this out.” You can read about it in “An Open Letter to Andrew White.”

Andrew Hoffman when there was a resurgence in Calvinism you guys had an opportunity and you blew it. You blew it. By rallying around people like Mark Driscoll and C.J. Mahaney you guys really fumbled big time. In fact that in many of these stories each and every one runs while refusing to own their mistakes shows how jacked up your movement is. Mark Driscoll ran from Seattle, C.J. Mahaney ran from Covenant Life to Mark Dever’s church and fled to Louisville. Andrew White fled from the Washington, D.C. to Colorado Springs, Colorado. All this talk of being a man, and then all they do is run! Has the Neo-Calvinist movement ever studied Jonah? Andrew Hoffman I know women who have a bigger set of balls than many of these Neo-Calvinist leaders. All these opportunities to admit mistakes and show the Gospel and yet you guys can’t even do that. Its sad, that’s why the Neo-Calvinist movement is a massive failure. Its like an ill animal, someone needs to take it to the vet so that it can be put down. Nothing good is coming from the Neo-Calvinist movement. Just corruption, pain, sadness and blogs like this. Andrew I look forward to writing about Solano Community Church. You ever make it out to D.C. I would be happy to meet and discuss this with you further. I do get to California once or twice a year and would be happy to meet you if you desire. I never planned to be a writer like this, but I was denied peace, and my goal is to make sure that no one else goes through something like what I endured. Whether it be in Washington, D.C. or the Berkeley, California area. Something is deeply wrong when the fruit of a person’s faith it tears, psychological trauma and PTSD. That’s all I have to say. 

Very Respectfully, 

David Bonner 

3 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Andrew Hoffman (Multiplication Catalyst for ECFA’s Western District on Why Its Time to Admit that the Neo-Calvinist Movement Has Failed…)

  1. Though from past precedent, these guys will just Double Down and SCREAM LOUDER.

    Because with God in their pocket, they Can Do No Wrong.

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