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I visited an #SBC church this morning. The sermon focused heavily on tithing/giving, with a bunch of biblical references, & how the congregation is disobeying God bc they aren’t giving nearly enough to the work of the Lord at this particular location. /1

SERIOUSLY?

#SBCtoo
Your entire denomination is under fire for the exposure of massive abuse scandals taking place in unfathomable numbers at local #SBC churches just like yours, & you do a sermon on tithing so that the “work of the Lord” can continue? /2

#SBCtoo #SBC19 #AbuseOfFaith #AbusebyClergy
Surely there is at least a basic understanding -I’m not even asking for granular level- that perhaps the decline in your weekly budget actuals has something to do with the fact that people are hesitant to give to an org that has yet to begin handling abuse on a systemic scale? /3
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Coming next... a long, personal thread about a pedophile #SBCtoo 1/
Years and years ago, someone I care about very deeply was sexually molested by Allen Kelsey, a deacon in a local Southern Baptist church. An investigation revealed that this was not the first time he had violated a child. 2/
Apparently, he had been asked to quietly leave other churches after being accused of the same thing. None of those churches protected their children, or the future children Kelsey would come in contact with. 3/
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THREAD: DOCUMENTS FROM SBC SOURCES ON DEALING WITH SYSTEMIC SEXUAL ABUSE.

This thread lists links to notes, news reports, documents. Thanks & hat tip to Phillip Bethancourt for many of these links plus helpful introductions that frame the articles posted. @pbethancourt #SBCToo
#1. THREAD. Robert Downen, live tweeting notes from SBC President J.D. Greear's presentation Feb 18. Including this link so you can check responses to Mr Downen. #2 = unrolled version of just his tweets. @HoustonChron @RobDownenChron @jdgreear #SBCToo

#2. UNROLLED THREAD from Robert Downen, live tweeting notes from SBC President J.D. Greear's presentation, Feb 18. Supplied by Thread Reader App. Thank you @RobDownenChron & @threadreaderapp. @jdgreear #SBCToo

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Just arrived at Southern Baptist HQ, where president @jdgreear will unveil reforms re: sexual abuse. #SBCtoo #churchtoo

Stay tuned... gotta feeling there’s a few newsworthy things coming 😬😬
Here’s a teaser of 3 of 10 reforms that I wrote this morning. We will update this link after Greear speaks #SBCtoo #Churchtoo

chron.com/news/houston-t…
.@acwhit leading prayer.

"we come before you tonight with heavy hearts, letting so much sink in particularly from the past week" but from before as well #SBCtoo #churchtoo
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An exhausting week, between @HoustonChron series & other stmts, apologies, denials. But there’s 1 paragraph in Dr. Mohler’s stmt on Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s website we need to note, as several on Twitter have done, the first I saw being @JJ_Denhollander--thanks! 1
"Some will question whether the force of public pressure explains the timing of my statement and its public nature. In all candor, this pressure is no doubt part of that explanation. That fact should serve to encourage survivors and their advocates to maintain such pressure." 2
news.sbts.edu/2019/02/15/sta…

Keep this going, survivors, advocates, bloggers! 3
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THREAD: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE NO!. There's been an flurry of tweets this evening, related to Dr. Albert Mohler's apology on his past general support for CJ Mahaney/Sovereign Grace and for several specific situations that prolonged traumatizing of related victims & their families. 1
Some are responding w/ gratitude for his apology; some w/ thanks plus wait-and-see-actions skepticism; & some w/ too-little-too-late. This range of reactions is understandable, & looks like a large contingent will continue watching for concrete follow-up actions by SBC leaders. 2
I believe the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after apartheid ended offers us a historical example that can help our communities navigate this situation constructively. Case Study #3 overviews 3 key points from my studies & reflections on the TRC. 3

futuristguysfieldguides.wordpress.com/c1-institution…
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1/ In the past 20 years, a disturbing number of Southern Baptists with formal church roles have engaged in sexual misconduct, according to an investigation by @HoustonChron and @ExpressNews: bit.ly/2GtEiRW
@ExpressNews 2/ We analyzed thousands of pages of news reports and court docs to find sexual abuse/misconduct allegations against Southern Baptist church leaders/volunteers. We interviewed hundreds of victims, church leaders, offenders & law enforcement officials.

Here’s what we found:
@ExpressNews 3/ Since 2008, when leaders rejected reforms meant to curb sexual abuse, 250+ people who worked or volunteered in Southern Baptist churches have been charged with sex crimes. Nearly all were convicted, took plea deals or have pending cases. #churchtoo bit.ly/2GzkvR9
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Anyone who knows or suspects child sexual abuse is mandated by TX law to report that information immediately to police. It does not matter if you think it’s “unfounded.” Law enforcement must be notified. @BobPearle @birchmanorg #eddiestruble #sbc18 #ChurchToo #csa @MissingKids
More: I received an email today from a former member @birchmanorg concerned about grooming & sexual abuse by #eddiestruble of teen boys from the church. Eddie is seeking to chair a committee for a homeschool association. Eddie has been reported in Houston for child sex abuse...
I was told by this person that she had talked to @swbts prof Charles Carpenter about these issues. Charles had allegedly witnessed an inappropriate sexual situation with Eddie and a teen boy from @birchmanorg. I emailed Charles and urged concern and a report to law enforcement.
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