Marshall Griffin is one of the newest additions to Eric Simmons and Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington. Griffin as a pastoral resident came to Redeemer from John McGowan’s Restoration City Church. Indicators point to Redeemer working on another church plant probably to be led by Marshall Griffin. This article raises concerns about a cult like entity engaging in church planting and more spiritual abuse occurring.
“Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.”
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-5 ESV
There is more news with the former Sovereign Grace Ministry’s Redeemer Arlington in the Northern Virginia suburbs. This blog was started out of an incident with a leader from Redeemer Arlington. But you can read more about Jordan Kauflin and his family in, “The Pimping of God: Bob Kauflin Along with his Sons Jordan and Devon and the Evangelical Industrial Complex. Plus how Corruption is Transferred From One Generation to the Next.” I also wrote about Jordan Kauflin’s son’s leukemia in, “Jordan and Tali Kauflin’s Son has a Relapse of Leukemia. And an Olive Branch to Redeemer Arlington is Ignored.” But before we proceed let’s look at some biographical information of Marshall Griffin first.
Who is Marshall Griffin?
Marshall Griffin is from Jamesville, North Carolina originally. Marshall went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then later Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. While Marshall lived in Raleigh he also worked for J.D. Greear’s The Summit Church. At the Summit Marshall directed summer missions programs and led people to England, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He also was did college ministry development across universities in the Raleigh-Durham area as the Campus Director. Overall Griffin was with The Summit for three years. In addition Griffin also was an intern with the Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for three months which it appears was his first exposure to the Washington, D.C. area. In late 2015 Griffin joined the pastoral staff of John McGowan’s Restoration City Church as the College Ministry Director. His focus was on college ministry at George Washington University. At Restoration City Church he also worked with the small groups, built study guides and more. John McGowan at his blog interviewed Marshal Griffin and you can read that here. In May of 2019 he came to Redeemer Arlington where he serves in the role of pastoral resident. Marshall is also married to Erin Page Griffin as well.
John McGowan’s Restoration City Church
As a former evangelical it amazes me as to how small evangelicalism really is. Over and over I keep running into into that fact. Years ago when I was in McLean Bible I interacted with John McGowan from time to time. Honestly I was never very impressed with his preaching. Hearing McGowan preach both in Frontline (the former McLean Bible Young Adult Ministry) and on a couple of retreats was about as pleasant as having a catheter inserted. John McGowan spent ten years at McLean Bible Church according to my research. He then spent ten months being trained by The Summit Network to plant a church in the Washington, D.C. area. Restoration City Church publicly launched in October of 2014 and his been in existence for 6 years now. It meets in the Crystal City, Virginia area. John McGowan writes a blog which you can read here.
Is Redeemer Arlington Working on Planting Another Church?
When I saw the position of Marshall Griffin has in begs the question of whether Redeemer Arlington is working on another church plant. Pastoral resident programs from Acts 29 are largely a racket are really should not be respected much. But Marshall current position reminds me of when Shaun Cross was with Redeemer and then worked to plant Union Church in N.E. Washington, D.C. Union Church was launched by both Redeemer Arlington and Bill Ridel’s Redemption Hill in the D.C. area as well. You can read more about Union Church in, “Looking at the Relationship Between Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill and Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington” and “A Response to Acts 29 Bill Riedel and Shaun Cross on When Church Planting Harms a City.” It should also be noted that spiritual abuse stories are hemorrhaging out of Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill on Google. This blog is looking for more information as I document and write about the issues in evangelicalism in the Washington, D.C. area. But getting back to Marshall Griffin the question to ask is when will this upcoming church plant take place? In 2021? That would be a conservative guess from my point of view.
When a Spiritually Abusive Church Plants it Should be Thought of as Cancer
Its this blog’s contention that when a spiritually abusive church engages in church planting it should be looked at as a cancer. After all what is cancer? Cancer in the body is uncontrolled growth that proceeds to cause harm. What happens is that it works against the organism. For Redeemer Arlington to engage in church planting when it also has been known for spiritual abuse and cult like activity is especially concerning. Like I stated above it was an incident with a person in leadership in Redeemer Arlington that triggered this blog. The cycle of abuse that came from Sovereign Grace Ministries is carrying forward with a new generation of abusers. Jordan Kauflin’s father was a key player in the ministry that allegedly enabled the child sex abuse cover-up inside Sovereign Grace according to Brent Detwiler. In my situation Redeemer Arlington let an abuser go and the affects of that on my family were difficult even popping up in my Mom’s terminal illness. If you would like to read more you can do so in, “Unless You Experience Spiritual Abuse Then You Won’t Understand How Painful it is.” Now is Marshall Griffin being trained to cover up abuse and to carry it forward when he eventually launches his own plant? It amazes me as to how many churches in the D.C. area have deep systemic problems. Many of the former Sovereign Grace churches are known for sexual abuse problems. In Fairfax you also have Kenji Adachi’s Acts 29 All Peoples Community Church. Kenji came from an Acts 29 church in Memphis, Tennessee that covered up a voyeurism and child pornography scandal inside Fellowship Memphis. This blog would still like to know was Kenji one of the pastors who kept the information from law enforcement? You can read more about that in, “An Open Letter to Kenji Adachi (Senior Pastor of Acts 29 All Peoples Community Church in Fairfax, Virginia on my Concerns about your Fellowship Memphis Training and Other Issues).” But will Marhsall be trained to learn how to abuse others spiritually? This is a serious question when you consider the cult like organization that is working with him. When it comes to issues like sexual abuse, cult like behavior, shepherding theology and more will the one day pastor be properly trained for it? This blog says no based off the stories people tell me behind the scenes of many evangelical churches. Sp in the end we have a cult like organization reproducing itself so it can go into the community and harm others. So that there will be more stories of abuse and more problems that will come forward. That is incredibly sad. To paraphrase from John Piper a wasted life is a Neo-Calvinist doing church planting. The arrogance of Redeemer Arlington’s leadership to spiritual abuse once again shows why Redeemer Arlington must close it doors. While evangelicalism talks about planting churches and more this blog is concerned with closing them and keeping people away. In this writer’s take Marshall Griffin is an example of a wasted life. Joining an organization that is a known cult and working to perpetuate it. Just as I have written about Shaun Cross’ church when Marshall Griffin’s comes around this blog will be writing about the problems that exist with that entity as well.