Bob Kauflin recently participated at Worship God 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. C.J. Mahaney’s biggest enabler continues to kiss his ass and defend the business. This post looks at the Kauflin sons of Devon and Jordan and the evangelical industrial complex. The Kauflin’s are to be regarded as frauds who pimp out God for a buck.
“No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand… Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.”
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isiah 26:3 NIV
From left to right…Jordan’s wife Tali, Jordan, Bob Kauflin and then far right is Devon Kauflin at the Museum of the Bible.
This blog was born out of an incident form Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area. If you would like to read the story and how this blog brushed against Redeemer you can do so in, “Unless You Experience Spiritual Abuse Then You Won’t Understand How Painful it is.” Originally I told Jordan that I would not write about his father or the Kauflin family. But when the unresolved spiritual abuse situation popped up in my Mom’s hospital room during a terminal illness, that for me was a game changer. I have been debating writing more about the Kauflin family and the issues within and after reading about the newest worship conference decided to proceed.
How was Bob Kauflin Corrupted?
Bob Kauflin has a long history with Sovereign Grace. Not long ago Brent Detwiler wrote a long post about his history with Bob Kauflin. You can read that post in, ““Where Does Bob Kauflin Fit Into All the Things You Write About?” This section is going to lean heavily on that post by Brent. Bob Kauflin was originally at Fairfax Covenant Church, later Sovereign Grace Fairfax. In 1991 his family was sent to Charlotte, North Carolina to plant a church there. Bob Kauflin came on staff with Brent Detwiler. Bob is enormously talented when it comes to music. In 1997 Bob Kauflin left to go to Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Mahaney was the senior pastor and Bob was going to lead worship at that church plus he was going to start Sovereign Grace Music. Mahaney and him became friends. As controversy started to grow about C.J. Mahaney and corruption Bob Kauflin became one of the strong supporters of C.J. Bob started to make more money from his music and what put him over the top was Together For the Gospel in 2006. That event made the Kauflin family wealthy. SGM Survivors popped up and stories of child sex abuse started to come out, and Bob Kauflin remained deeply defensive and supportive of C.J. Mahaney. What was influencing Bob Kauflin at this time was the money that he was making. He had discovered how lucrative money can be from worship events and selling music. When Mahaney fled Covenant Life when it became known he had practiced blackmail on Larry Tomczak, Bob Kauflin decided to follow him to Louisville. When Rachael Denhollander confronted Sovereign Grace over the child sex abuse issue, the leadership team, of which Bob Kauflin is a part of attacked Rachael Denhollander. You can see the response courtesy of the internet archive. Bob Kauflin has been one of C.J. Mahaney’s strongest supporters. He has defended, attacked, criticize others who raise the issue. Today Bob Kauflin is about the money. Bob has also published , “Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God” , “Worship Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series” , “True Worshipers” and “Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel” with Mike Cosper of the Sojourn Network in Louisville.
The Corruption of Jordan and Devon Kauflin and the Evangelical Industrial Complex
At the advice of an attorney I tried to resolve my mess with Redeemer Arlington in 2015. I met with Eric Simmons which you can read about in, “Recalling a Meeting With Eric Simmons in 2015 to Inform him of Blogging About Redeemer Arlington.” Simmons suggested me meeting with Jordan Kauflin and I did so at a Vietnamese restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. I bought Jordan Kauflin lunch and explained the situation. One thing I noticed when I raised some of the fighting that happened regarding Sovereign Grace Jordan wouldn’t make eye contact and said that “Sovereign Grace was controversial.” He then moved onto the next subject. For me that deflection stood out. You can read a biography of Jordan Kauflin and hear one of the music songs that he wrote for Sovereign Grace in, “The History of Eric Simmons’ Redeemer Arlington: Formerly of Sovereign Grace Ministries now of Acts 29.” Recently Jordan and Tali’s son Jack Kauflin’s leukemia came back. This blog extended an olive branch back in June but that was ignored by Redeemer Arlington. I extended the olive branch because I have no desire to write posts about the situation and using John Piper’s theology to ask if the decline of an 10 year old’s health is God at work. After all John Piper has written some crazy stuff from a fundamentalist perspective that this blog has written about. That is not a bridge I want to cross. You can read about this in, “Jordan and Tali Kauflin’s Son has a Relapse of Leukemia. And an Olive Branch to Redeemer Arlington is Ignored.”
Devon Kauflin is a pastor of Sovereign Grace’s Grace Church of Clarksburg in Maryland. He serves under Larry Malament. Devon contributes music to Sovereign Grace music leads events, and coordinates worship. This after all is a family business. Devon earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland in 2007 and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Devon, like his brother Jordan both were beneficiaries lucrative arrangement to attend the well known Baptist seminary.
What has happened over the course of time is that one is watching how the older generation is corrupting the younger generation. Bob Kauflin epitomizes the evangelical industrial complex. He pimps out God regularly and in the process he has trained his sons to do likewise. Both Devon and Jordan have pimped themselves out to the evangelical industrial complex and are focused on making money. This is a business for them and that is all that it is. The transfer of corruption strikes me as most troubling. If Devon or Jordan had a conscious they would see what is transpiring and put an end to it. However, this is how they make their money. The Kauflin family has to fleece people.
Worship God 2019
Sovereign Grace just held their Worship God conference a few weeks back at the end of July. The conference was called The Glorious Christ and took place in Louisville, Kentucky. After all the cover-up of child sex abuse and other issues what better than to have another conference? The Worship God conference began in 2006 designed to serve Sovereign Grace churches and took off from their. Its Bob Kauflin’s primary conference inside Sovereign Grace for making money. After all someone needs to pay for new mansions as C.J. Mahaney runs and flees. In Worship God 2019 the worship was led Sovereign Grace Music which is led by Bob Kauflin. His two sons also played key roles in the event. Jordan Kauflin led worship at the conference and Devon Kauflin was a speaker.
Why the Kauflin Family are Frauds
The Kauflin family honestly needs to be regarded as frauds. If you are going to buy their merchandise you might as well by a rapture survival kit from Jim Bakker. When one thinks of Bob Kauflin one has to think of a charlatan who will be known as someone who spends his time kissing the ass of C.J. Mahaney. One of these days I need to create a meme of Mahaney doing that ridiculous grin and Bob Kauflin puckered up and kissing his ass. That would be cool if that made the rounds on Twitter. The Kauflin family are in ministry for the money. That is the motivating factor. They need to pimp God in order to draw a paycheck. They are no different than anyone else who is a businessman. Their business is made in selling music and planting churches to get people to buy their music. They need to become honest about this, but I sincerely doubt they will. I find the situation profoundly sad. The Kauflin’s deserve no respect. Sadly that is how it is today. This situation will remain until Mahaney ends his preaching or dies. But the Kauflin family is to be discounted and dismissed. I wish it could be different but unless new evidence comes forward this is how they should be regarded.