According to Christianity Today: A controversial lawsuit alleging leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries conspired to conceal the sexual abuse of children has been amended a second time, adding three more plaintiffs and a large number of graphic claims.
The amended lawsuit makes the stark claim that SGM leaders “conspired, and continue to conspire, to permit sexual deviants to have unfettered access to children for purposes of predation, and to obstruct justice by covering up ongoing and past predation.” It alleges that SGM leaders failed to fulfill mandatory reporting obligations, and instead had alleged victims meet with and forgive their abusers.
Five plaintiffs are now using their real names.
SGM responded promptly, stating in part:
The charges in this amended complaint are serious, grievous, and difficult to read. The thought of such alleged abuse is extremely disturbing. Because of our resolve to see truth and justice prevail, we continue to work closely with legal counsel.Our careful review of the allegations to date has not produced any evidence of any cover-up or conspiracy. If we discover otherwise, our Board will immediately report it to the authorities and see that it is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I hope and pray that that last paragraph is true.
With the adding of more people willing to step forward, staking their reputation and putting their name on the line, it gets harder and harder for the common observer to think that there is no truth at all to at least some of the allegations. There is an awful lot of smoke for there to be no fire.
Given the past leadership crisis at SG, many in the Christian community already look at the SG leaders as suspect. And these new allegations, now of coverup and conspiracy, do nothing but fuel the fire.
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