“The exposure of widespread sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy—and of the subsequent cover-ups by church leaders—has rocked the Catholic church for more than a decade. Less well known, though closely analogous, is the issue of widespread abuse within Protestant evangelical churches. Such stories raise doubt that theevangelical/Catholic alliance that defines the contemporary Christian Right is, in any legitimate sense, a defender of “family values.”
Boz Tchividjian rattled the evangelical world in 2013, when he declared that the problem of child sex abuse in evangelicalism is “worse” than the problem in the Roman Catholic Church. The grandson of Billy Graham, a former child sex crimes prosecutor for the state of Florida, and now a law professor at Liberty University, Tchividjian has both the public profile to hold an audience, and the professional experience to back up his assertions.
Tchividjian is not the only prominent evangelical speaking out. “Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front,” wrote Robert Parnham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics. “Both have harmed church members and the Christian witness by not swiftly addressing predatory clergy and designing reliable protective systems.”
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which currently claims 15.9 million members in 46,000 churches in the U.S., has acknowledged the problem of child sex abuse within member churches. Still, too many Baptist leaders—like their Catholic counterparts—have responded to the problem with denials, inattention, and cover-ups.Indeed, Rev. Peter Lumpkins of Georgia called for the SBC’s governing body to adopt “a zero-tolerance policy toward the sexual abuse of children in churches,” but nowthinks church officials are ignoring his 2013 resolution.
As just one example, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), SBC’s public policy arm, is holding an April “summit” in Nashville on “The Gospel and Human Sexuality.” Yet the program fails to include anything about child sex abuse. “From broken marriages to pornography to homosexuality, sexual confusion and sexual brokenness has ravaged our culture and can deteriorate the integrity of our churches,” the published program declares. It assures prospective conferees that they can “discover” how their “church and local congregations can be a beacon of hope, clarity, and restoration as the gospel is brought to bear on human sexuality.”
Adding insult to injury, Rev. Greg Belser, a man who epitomizes the problem in the SBC, is not only a member of the ERLC’s “leadership council,” but also a panelist at the sex summit. The Senior Pastor at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Mississippi, Belser also happens to be at the center of a major, ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal. In other words, the ERLC—the SBC body with delegated responsibility for addressing sex abuse within churches—features as a leader someone who himself is deeply entangled in a cover-up of abuse.
Read the rest of the article here http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/01/27/when-the-family-values-agenda-includes-child-sex-abuse/
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Some theist like to think that Church leaders and/or Church elders, will be enough to make sure these sort of abuses won’t happen. Folks like Fisherman, that i mentioned in my last post. Seem to live by the faith, that the abuse doesn’t happen in church groups they class as the mainstream Churches .
This faith is not based on evidence.
It doesn’t make any difference if some bible bloke named Paul said it was going to be enough. Paul was human. And humans can be wrong
And abuse is happening, because these folk wont care to wake up to this situation.And so there is people continually paying the price for the fact they wont accept, that obviously far more needs to be done about this
Little wonder Jesus said that Christians would end up being hated.And when he referred to “last days”. More than likely he was just referring to the end-times of Christianity. Knowing that people would end up having a real guts-full of it
And it will end up happening.Mostly because Christians don’t care to adopt ways to properly fix these issues
Thus they are their own worst enemy
If you read on through the rest of that article. You can see someone made this quote here
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “True evil lies not in the depraved act of the one, but in the silence of the many.”
For generations Christians have just chosen to bury their heads in the sand.Done next to nothing to properly fix these issues
And when lots of hurt people end up disliking them. What do they do ?
They bleat on about being persecuted