Church Leaders Respond to Houston Chronicle’s ‘Alarming and Scandalous’ Investigation Into Southern Baptist Church Sexual Abuse

“This is nothing short of a scandal and a crisis. There should be no tolerance for, or covering up of, sexual abuse of the vulnerable ever, especially within the church of Jesus Christ.” – @drmoore
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Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore weighed in on the Houston Chronicle‘s exclusive investigation into sex abuse in the Southern Baptist church Sunday.

“Nothing is worse than the use of the name of Jesus to prey on the vulnerable,” Moore tweeted.

Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, added that the report uncovered “alarming and scandalous” stories of abuse.

Moore continued, “This is nothing short of a scandal and a crisis.”

Other church leaders have also weighed in on the devastating toll the past 20 years have taken on victims.

“The use of concepts like ‘grace’ to cover-up for predators to prey on the vulnerable is a different gospel from the gospel of Jesus Christ, a perversion Jesus expressly warned us about and stands against (Matt. 7:15; Jude 1).” – @drmoore
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“As @KellyMRosati well sums it up, it is way past time for widespread prevention training & systems, immediate compliance with reporting to civil authorities, no cover ups, and compassionate care for those who have survived such trauma.” – @drmoore
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“The Houston Chronicle should be commended for reporting on this, especially by the church. The Judgment Seat of Christ will be far less reticent than a newspaper series to uncover what never should have been hidden.” – drmoore
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“I was grieved to read the @HoustonChron article this morning on sexual abuse in Baptist churches. Here are my thoughts on where we should begin, if we are to act justly on this:” – @drmoore
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“My God. SBC churches that cover up abuse, don’t call the cops, etc. should be removed from the Convention. Immediately.” – @mrmedders
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“I’ve attended & ministered in #SBC churches my entire life. Reading this was was alarming & grieved my heart. May there be peace upon the victims & may we do our part to make necessary changes as a convention. Prayed for @jdgreear as he leads us.” – @michaelcriner
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“The lack of coordination in establishing a way for Southern Baptist Churches to avoid hiring convicted or credibly-accused offenders is surpassed only by the lack of creativity in finding a way to do so.” – @martyduren
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“One of the most important news stories of the decade. Thank you @RobDownenChron and your team for the many hours you devoted to this. I am going to retweet the crap out of these articles.” – @sacwriter
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“I am broken over what was revealed today. The abuses described in this @HoustonChron article are pure evil. I join with countless others who are currently ‘weeping with those who weep.'” – @jdgreear
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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Jordan Ray