I was wrong.
The “we” I speak of are the families of Reformed and Calvinistic churches and pastors that are gathered for the Together for The Gospel convention this week.
That is the tribe I chose to associate with after dealing with all the theological and ecclesiastical aberrations of non denominational evangelicalism.
Surely, their historical and confessional foundations would keep this group from all the abuses I had witnessed before.
Sadly, this is not so.
When Al Mohler introduced C.J. Mahaney at this conference yesterday, he affirmed that even the Reformed have joined the corporate evangelical industrial complex.
That complex is concerned only with the well being of the leadership, and only with the top of that pecking order.
In introducing Mahaney he introduced with approval a man who is implicated in the largest sexual abuse scandal in evangelicalism in our time.
He did so with approval and without a hint of censure.
Mohlers introduction wasn’t just intended to bring Mahaney to the microphone…it sent two other messages.
The first message was to the protestors outside the building and online.
That message was that these leaders do not care about either the protests or the victims they represent.
Evidently, the “tenth mark of a healthy church” is that the leaders have no conscience.
The second message was to those inside the hall…the 8000 from all over the world who came together under these leaders.
That message was that Mahaney is one of our own and you will accept him as one of your leaders.
They willingly acceded to the tyranny in hopes of being a tyrant one day themselves or lest their current tyranny be exposed and they need powerful friends.
This…is the modern template of what it means to be a “Reformed pastor”.
Richard Baxter and Jesus wept together.
In June, Calvary Chapel will trot out Skip Heitzig at a pastors conference…and the messages conveyed will be exactly the same.
Scandals don’t matter.
Victims don’t matter.
This is one of your leaders and you will submit.
They will indeed.
There is nothing like the prospect of profitable tyranny to sear a mans conscience.