Why does C.J. Mahaney believe it is necessary to publicly announcement his personal problems with a group of critics? And why does he need to take a “leave of absence?”
From what I gather from his own explanation, there is no scandalous sin involved. If that were the case, I would expect him to permanently step down, not merely take a “leave of absence.” In this case, it sounds like a group of “former” pastors and leaders in Sovereign Grace Ministries who have some personal issues with him and his leadership style.
But why is there a need to take a “leave of absence” from one’s ministry to deal with a group of offended former members? There isn’t a pastor anywhere who doesn’t have a gang of “former” members who have issues with him. It comes with the territory. I sort of thought Paul made that clear in his epistles. The good bulk of pastors who have offended former members don’t think such offenses warrant a “leave of absence” from their pulpits and other responsibilities. It’s things that can be dealt with on the side.
Additionally, why does C.J. feel the need to announce their problems with him to a wide and far internet audience? Seriously? Is it really any of our business? Again, we are told their problems with him are not related to scandalous sins. I am taking it there is something about his personality and ministry style that rub them wrong.
Whatever it may be, I just believe these are matters that need to be left out of the public mind and kept between them. There absolutely no reason to post a vague announcement about problems former pastors have against you and proclaim your leave of absence.
Unless of course you want to intentionally come across as a spiritually humble guy who is all transparent which in reality is merely a proud humility.