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Was David Gardiner Listed In Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Investigation Report?

David Gardiner, a former pastor at Liverpool Baptist Church in Liverpool, New York, was arrested in 2002 for sexually abusing a girl under the age of 11. He was indicted on charges of sexually abusing three children over a period of several years.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

SBC Guidepost Report PDF

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes scary brand-new information regarding specific abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively fought abuse prevention and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a substantial and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by high-level church leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. In addition, it showed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to stop them from being aware of the widespread sexual abuses.

Continue reading about the SBC Guidepost Report PDF

A History of Dismissed Mishandling

The report states that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names three prior presidents of the SBC, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in a number of states. During a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report shows a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He anticipates this report will deliver much-needed reform and hold those responsible for their actions.

The document states that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse only 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as prominent SBC leaders who helped in protecting and also motivated presumed sexual predators.

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