, 15 tweets, 11 min read
@johnmacarthur endorses convicted pedophile David Gray in prison. 1/15
David Gray taught in @johnmacarthur's @GraceComChurch's elementary and jr high school from 1994-2001. 2/15

David Gray served on mission trips for @GraceComChurch to Vietnam. 3/15
In 2001, David Gray's wife reported him to @GraceComChurch for abusing their 3 children (screenshot from court opinion of David Gray's appeal: bit.ly/2M93TjS). The head of children's ministry in 2001 was Bill Shannon (screenshot from archive dot org 2001). 4/15
@GraceComChurch failed to report child abuse and excommunicated the wife (screenshot from court opinion of David Gray's appeal: bit.ly/2M93TjS). The elder in charge of their "counseling" was Carey Hardy, @johnmacarthur's former 2nd in command. 5/15
Note: David Gray wasn't allowed to continue teaching at @GraceComChurch due to his wife's report of abuse to the church in 2001. However @GraceComChurch did nothing to stop him from teaching in public schools, where he worked until his arrest in 2004. 6/15
Unfortunately nothing could be done to hold @GraceComChurch accountable for failure to report child abuse, as the statutes of limitations for this crime is only one year. Over 2 years had elapsed since the church excommunicated David Gray's wife and his arrest. 7/15
David Gray remains incarcerated to this day, after losing a criminal trial (LA045233), losing an appeal (B184183), and denied a hearing by the CA Supreme Court (S148868). 8/15
Despite his conviction, @johnmacarthur still endorses him. I reached out to @Phil_Johnson_ to ask why. He went from being knowledgeable about the case to "never expressed an opinion." He never formed an opinion over a convicted pedophile who taught his son? 9/15
Then @Phil_Johnson_ just fled. 10/15
I didn't even get the chance to ask @Phil_Johnson_ how he never formed an opinion of the conviction when David Gray taught not just one but two of his sons. 11/15
Also, how can @Phil_Johnson_ claim he never spent an hour w/David Gray nor formed an opinion of his pedophile conviction, when Phil was on the @GraceComChurch Elder School Council that hired him? (Also of note, Carey Hardy who ordered the wife to drop the restraining order) 12/15
There is something wrong with this picture. Also alarming is the similarities between this bungled child abuse case and another rape case handled by @johnmacarthur's church & university. 13/15

Put the two totally separate stories side by side, and a pattern emerges.
Silencing the victim, pressuring the victim to forgive and reconcile, abuser not held accountable, and excommunication and expulsion of the victim. 14/15
@johnmacarthur needs to address how abuse should be handled by the church. Should mandatory reporting laws be obeyed? Should police be involved or everything handled in house? Believe women? Or are abuse victims too social justice for him to care about? 15/15

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