THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION ABUSE CRISIS PT. 1: SBC ABUSE SURVIVORS FACED SILENCE, BLAME AND ALIENATION

DC: The Southern Baptist Convention is the second-largest Christian denomination in the U.S., with over 47,000 churches each year sending millions of meals to disaster zones, thousands of missionaries and trained volunteers around the country and world. Despite all the good the SBC spreads globally, however, a darkness has tainted the church.

Victims who said they suffered abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) say church leaders often responded with silence, shame and cover-up, compounding and enabling further abuse.

An investigative report from the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-Newsrevealed 380 SBC ministers and volunteers have faced credible accusations from more than 700 victims over the past 20 years.

The revelation of the scale of alleged abuse within SBC churches forced the leaders of the convention to grapple with the broken policies, beliefs and negligence that enabled the crisis, but some victims say worse than initial physical and sexual abuse they suffered were the ineffective and, at times, callous responses from their church leaders when they first told their local ministers of their plight.

While churches in the SBC vary wildly in local church structure, policy and theological focus, due largely to the denomination’s belief in local church autonomy, victims who spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation recounted SBC abuse cases from various parts of the country that stretched over decades and bore striking similarities with one another concerning their church leaders’ responses to their allegations.  read more

9 Comments on THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION ABUSE CRISIS PT. 1: SBC ABUSE SURVIVORS FACED SILENCE, BLAME AND ALIENATION

  1. Yes Virginia even protestants engage in sexual abuse. When I talked about sexual sins in the pulpit I spoke on rampant sexuality of the worse kind; those perpetuated by the velvet and satin mafia – male and female victims.

    God will not be mocked and those who transgress in the Lord’s name will pay a heavier price.

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  2. The SBC and Catholic Charities are the underground railroad pipeline for funneling illegals into this country in droves and are heavily funded by our betrayers in government. I do not wish them well.

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  3. Not just illegals.
    They “resettle” 100’s of
    Somalians in small rural towns
    and they make alot of $$$ doing it.
    You get to pay for it,you get to pay
    for your own displacement & replacement!

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  4. Although I don’t doubt that abuses did in fact occur, man is by nature sinful and damaged, having the MSM investigate religion is like having Media Matters cover all things Republican, their biases preclude any actual fact finding.

    I have always been weary of big religious institutions in general. Much like big government, too many fingers in the pie and too may chiefs deciding how the Indians should behave makes for bad execution. The hierarchy is simple; God, Pastor, flock, in the order.

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  5. “The hierarchy is simple; God, Pastor, flock, in the order.”

    Correction. In terms of hierarchy, the order is…

    God

    Christ

    The Body of Christ, in which all members have different functions but equal standing before the Father.

  6. Pretty disgusting when God is used as a cover for rape and perversion. I believe in God, but I do NOT believe in religion.

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  7. Goes both ways. I went to a Pentecostal Church for awhile and the young preacher had to tell the women to stop hitting on him because he was happily married!

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