The autonomy and emphasis self-governance as a part of the Southern Baptists have hurt efforts to address major issues like sexual abuse.
The Houston Chronicle published a six-part investigation earlier this year that focused on the catastrophic far-reaching nature of the problem saying, “since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct with more than 700 victims, many of them shunned by their churches or asked to forgive their abusers or get abortions.”
As a result, Southern Baptist Convention new president, Ronnie Floyd said the first proposal will allow the convention to “disfellowship” from churches that cover up abuse claims. They have also created a committee to review any complaints made about how churches mishandle abuse complaints saying the SBC “stands against all forms and actions of sexual abuse, viewing it as a horrific evil.” Floyd said, “As Southern Baptists, we must address this comprehensively and correctly.”
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