Gospel Coalition (TGC) Shows Tullian Tchividjian the Door
Here is the Janet Mefferd interview of Tullian Tchividjian after he spoke out against Sovereign Grace Ministries and C.J. Mahaney’s knowledge of the SGM sex scandal – and subsequently was given the “left foot” of fellowship by TGC who has protected CJ from the beginning.
“Give me a break. These people [Mahaney & Layman], they’re family. Of course he knew,” Tchividjian told The Christian Post. “C.J. was, for many years, the micro-managing head of the organization and nothing happened under the umbrella of Sovereign Grace that he wasn’t made aware of, so for anyone to say, ‘Well he didn’t know,’ that’s totally naive.”
Tchividjian added that he was “pretty disturbed” when Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Justin Taylor published a statement on TGC website in May 2013 which defended Mahaney, saying that it looked “like the good-old boys club covering their own.”
“I thought it was premature. I thought it was insensitive. I communicated with the guys who wrote this statement that I was disappointed, that I thought it was unwise and premature and that they needed to clarify that their statement was not a statement from The Gospel Coalition, per se, but was their own personal statement,” Tchividjian explained.
“There were some of us on the coalition, or who were associated with it, who didn’t want to be associated with their defense of C. J.,” he continued. “I’ve just been sort of disgusted by the whole thing.”
Speaking about his departure from The Gospel Coalition, Tchividjian said his departure came with little warning, though he explained that he made the decision eight or nine months ago to leave in August.
A project started by New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian pastor Tim Keller and Canadian Reformed theologian D. A. Carson in 2004, TGC asked Tchividjian if they could host his blog in 2007. The Presbyterian pastor explained that his involvement with TGC had been limited to speaking at its conferences and his blog posts, though he was initially attracted to its vision.
“I think the original messaging of The Gospel Coalition, from when it was founded in 2007, has morphed,”chividjian told CP. “Mine hasn’t. My goal has always been in every post to preach the radicality of the Gospel of grace.”
Yet while “no one from The Gospel Coalition formally reached out to me or questioned anything I ever posted or asked me to clarify anything I ever posted,” Tchividjian noted that he began to feel a shift in the site’s theology and how his doctrine was being received based on what other contributors were posting.
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