NOW: 15K Southern Baptists will debate/vote on a third-party investigation into whether top leaders sought to suppress abuse survivors/stifle reforms/intimidate leaders like Russ Moore. #SBC2021#SBC21#SBCtoo
It's prolly more important than you think.
Sex abuse has again dominated discussions here, including in yesterdays presidential election. But that was among a variety of issues at hand.
This tho? It will be a huge indicator of how much Southern Baptists are willing to put on the line re: abuse. #SBC2021#SBC21#SBCtoo
Over the last three years, Southern Baptists have shown they're willing to do a lot of things, so long as they are forward-looking. That's great/important.
But true repentance means rectifying wrongs committed, regardless of the toll.
Litton begins w his story of growing up in a broken home and finding God at 7. He then talks about losing his wife in a car accident 14 years ago. He then married his wife Kathy, whose husband - an SBC pastor - also died in a car accident. #SBC21#SBC2021#SBC#SBCtoo
Litton: We both have a profound sense of pain and suffering in our live that has changed us, and I think changed us for the better. #SBC21#SBC2021#SBC#SBCtoo
Litton: There are 4.5 billion people on this planet who we feel have not heard the good news of Jesus Christ... WE exalt the Gospel above all else... it means we haev to work and iron out our differences. My goal is to build bridges, not walls. #SBC21#SBC2021#SBC#SBCtoo
"We have finally, after all of these decades, begun to overturn the power structure. The messengers are listening and acting on behalf of Christ," said @ThigpenTiffany, a survivor and advocate whose abuses were mishandled by top SBC leaders. #SBC21#SBC2021#SBC#SBCtoo
A reminder that there was a recent effort to censure @jdgreear because he said churches should consider Paige Patterson’s history before hosting him.
~10yrs ago, Patterson called @ChristaBrown777 & other rape survivors “as reprehensible as sex criminals.”
Off hand I can name at least a few other people just on this site who would say they were libeled by Paige and others.
So I guess I’m wondering why, given that libeling teenagers is now such a concern, there was an effort to silence an SBC president who spoke out.
Granted, the Covington students’ situation is a bit different.
They were teenagers when the “libel” against them occurred, whereas Christa and other were children when they were assaulted, but adults by the time they were called “as reprehensible as sex criminals.”
By my count, roughly 20 percent of the Conservative Baptist Network are/have been affiliated with Council For National Policy, an uber-secretive group of right-wing politicians, media folks and activists.
That includes some longtime Southern Baptist exec committee members:
Whoops. Meant "roughly 20 percent of the *steering committee* for the Conservative Baptist Network."
Here's (to my knowledge) the only CNP membership directory that's ever been made public:
@jdgreear Greear's comments came after I asked him about decisions by two churches to host/honor Patterson, including a Dallas-area church that recognized him as a "defender of the faith" earlier this month. #SBCtoo#ChurchToo#CaringWell
@jdgreear Greear: I advise any Southern Baptist church to consider this severe action before having Dr. Patterson preach or speak and to contact trustee officers if additional information is necessary. #SBCtoo#ChurchToo#CaringWell
First off: Debbie is one of the kindest people I've ever met. And despite everything she has gone through, she has not once lost her faith in God. Not that that matters, but it's worth saying that she is not a person who wishes ill on the church or anyone in it.
When we wrote our first story, I promised Debbie that I wouldn't even mention her whereabouts. It's been five-plis decades since her abuse, and she is still terrified that her family is unsafe.
@BozT "There are so many survivors that cant afford $200 to come to a conference. They're just trying to make it through another day... “This organization that is responsible for decimating so many lives."
@_PPatterson_ Darrell Gilyard was accused of sexual misconduct at churches in Texas, Oklahoma & Florida but was still mentored by Patterson until he confessed/resigned his Southern Baptist church in July 1991.