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Southern Baptist Executive Committee rejects request for abuse inquiry

Southern Baptist Executive Committee rejects request for abuse inquiry

Pictured: Ronnie Floyd, SBC Executive Committee President. Photo by: George Walker IV, The Tennessean. 

Religious New Service has several items on sexual abuse charges roiling the Southern Baptist Convention:

SBC Executive Committee rejects request for system-wide abuse inquiry

Another committee member argued against a fellow member’s request, saying there is no one in the SBC who favors sex abuse.

Sex abuse survivors call for system-wide audit of Southern Baptist Convention

[In 2019] a longtime staffer at the Executive Committee, D. August “Augie” Boto, called sexual abuse activists pushing the SBC to do more “a satanic scheme to completely distract us from evangelism.”

Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

The review by Guidepost Solutions comes in response to allegations by Russell Moore, until recently the president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, claiming that Floyd and Georgia pastor Mike Stone had tried to delay attempts to deal with abuse and to silence abuse survivors.

[In leaked clips from 2019] Floyd said he was not worried about “what survivors can say.”

“I am not worried about that,” [the president of the executive committee] is heard saying in the audio clips, released by a Texas pastor who is a former ERLC staffer. “I’m thinking of the base. I just want to preserve the base.”

Besides reviewing Moore’s allegations, Guidepost will “review and enhance training” provided to the Executive Committee staff and trustees in responding to abuse matters.


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