Last weekend Mr. Jim Johnson deleted his entire Destroying Free Grace Theology five part series from his blog. This was the series that contained numerous episodes of mass plagiarism. Johnson not only copied and pasted other men's work, but he also manipulated some of the plagiarirzed material to make it appear to support his views, when some in fact did not.
You can read a synopsis at ReDux: Jim Johnson’s Plagiarism in “Destroying Free Grace Theology”.
Ironically, Johnson left the articles up in which he denies, and at the same time, inexplicably defends the mass plagiarism of the articles that he removed. When you click on links that are supposed to take you to the series, you are taken to a page that says, “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”
Because of the plagiarism Johnson never should have posted his series in the first place. IMO, his series should never be returned for the same reasons that plagued and discredited it. If his article(s) do resurface they will be largely ignored, by both camps in the debate, just as it was the first time around.
UPDATE (June 1, 2008)
This is what should be a final update on the plagiarism fiasco of Mr. Jim Johnson.
On May 31, 2008 Jim Johnson posted at his blog what he claims will be his final article. He also indicated that he is closing his blog. Both of these reports are welcome, and not unexpected news. The latter portion of his article contains the same kind of arrogance, vitriol and unrepentant defiance he has become infamous for.
His mass plagiarism followed by a combative and unrepentant attitude effectively disgraced and discredited him. His plagiarism and arrogance has rendered him permanently irrelevant and that is where he will remain. Johnson promised to, but we knew he never could repost his plagiarized series. It would have been very foolish for him to have done so.
The Crossless/Deityless interpretation of what the lost must believe to be born again is a blight and open sore on the Free Grace movement.
Mr. Johnson’s departure removes another dangerous voice that may have caused of an unsuspecting believer to fall into the trap of the heretical Crossless gospel.
What we must do from here is to continue praying for Jim and others in the GES faction of the Free Grace community. Pray they will one day be recovered from the egregious reductionist errors that (the late) Zane Hodges and Bob Wilkin have introduced into Free Grace circles.
May 10, 2008