By SI Filings Jun 10 2019 SBCChurch Sexual AbuseSexual Ethics"J.D. Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Group (SAAG) released its initial report today (June 8) as part of an ongoing process to assess current needs and develop recommendations" - BRnow 1237 reads There are 6 Comments Additional information Jay - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:54am There is a free curricula for people who are interested in implementing abuse detection and training at https://churchcares.com. The findings of the study group are available here. "Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells Related, from Christianity Today Aaron Blumer - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 7:06am CT provides some analysis... Report: How Southern Baptists Failed to Care About Abuse Also from SBC Voices blog... ERLC: Sexual Abuse and the SBC Conference Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me. See also Jay - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 1:38pm Washington Post article - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/06/03/feature/the-c... NY Times article - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/us/southern-baptist-convention-sex-ab... "Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells Read the whole thing Bert Perry - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 3:06pm The SBC appears to be moving quickly; the thing we need to pray for in this regard, though, is that it actually takes root and is not just a "top down" implementation. And the same for our own associations; I'm personally very encouraged that the authors are making it very clear "it's not about the money" by making the results of their work absolutely free. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud. Greear's 8 steps... Aaron Blumer - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 7:28am 8 Action Steps Seems like a good plan... #8 is where it all gets (or fails to get) real, though. "8. Right unified call to action – 8-step process to be followed in the process in churches." But the preceding steps improve the chances of the 8th. -- Unlike the indepdent Baptist groups that are, so far, doing--as far as I can tell--nothing. Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me. Don’t Agree Aaron Joeb - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 2:58pm i think a lot of the Indepedent Baptists churches are more ahead of the curve then the Conservative Evangelicals. After BJU had their problems and Jack Schapp took a fall I’d say that definitely resonated out to their churches causing changes to take place at the church level. As far as I have seen it’s outside of the Independent Baptists where they’re repeating the same mistakes. Gordon College comes to mind and just recently a Menonite Missionary from Ohio was arrested by Homeland Security for abusing orphan boys in Hati. The article revealed that the young gentlemen was excommunicated from a church and fired as a teacher at the Christian school for the same criminal activity, but never reported to the Police. There is some question that the Missons Organization may have known of his priors. I have not seen anything new regarding Independent Baptist Churches except the rehash of old stories. I’d say since the Independent Baptists don’t have one controlling organization we don’t know their advancements. However we sure know that Conservative Evangelical Churches and Institutions are repeating the same bad acts while surely having to know what happened at BJU and other organizations. You’d think others would learn from mistakes made in the past in the Fundy/Evangelical World.