Re: Sovereign Grace Ministries
Date: October 31, 2012 07:26AM
SGM AND THE NEXT BIG THING
TAG came out of a fresh move of God, I do believe. But even then, Mahaney was a wannabe who caught the tail of what was happening at the time and managed by ego and personality and disarming false humility to work his way to the top so he could seem to be leading.
Look back from the very beginning to the present of TAG/PDI/SGM history. You’ll find that Mahaney and posse have always ridden the latest wave, ALWAYS —
hippies to Jesus people,
reinventing the church,
Bill Gothard legalism and role hierarchy,
Fort Lauderdale Five shepherding,
conservative dominion politics/Moral Majority
(complete with bad suits and 80s hair),
prosperity (as positioning for the church),
‘Biblical’ parenting by use of “the rod,”
dangerous Ezzo child-rearing theories,
courtship vs. dating,
rediscovering the Puritan writers,
Theories are failing, so they are ‘coming to a fuller understanding’ of some of their doctrines and practices of controlling external behaviors of children (especially grown children), of tossing out leaders for the slightest offense by their kids, of requiring wives to always submit and stay, etc. Too bad they only see this when leaders’ kids are involved. (Mahaney’s son, Kauflin’s daughter, Cabaniss’s daughter, Harvey’s debacle, etc.)
Most of the next generation of SGMers, now young adults, smoke proudly, drink religiously, and cuss with glee, generally convinced that they are the chosen of God. (Those who aren’t crushed, that is.) Yay, isn’t it great to be Reformed, where our spiritual standing has nothing to do with our walk with God?
(Not saying that is true Reformed doctrine.)
Now SGM has even managed to get in on the latest trend of church scandals and sex abuse lawsuits.
SGM has always been led by “children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph.4:14)
One thing is certain: C.J. will continue to position himself at the front of whatever he thinks is the latest thing.