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Was David Ray Gray Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

David Ray Gray, former minister of music at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Scurry, Texas, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2010 after pleading guilty in 2009 to two counts of felony child pornography charges. Gray will serve a 10-year supervised release term following his incarceration.

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SBC Guidepost Report PDF

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file contains horrible brand-new information regarding specific abuse occurrences and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively opposed abuse avoidance and change for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that revealed that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or even denounced by upper-level church officials from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Furthermore, it revealed these leaders often lied to their own members to prevent them from understanding the flagrant sexual misbehavior.

Click to read more on the bombshell SBC Guidepost Report PDF

A Story of Ignored Misconduct

Nearly all of these reported occurrences fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report alleges that a senior Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a fellow congregant at a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally identifies three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even motivated known abusers.

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report shows a trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed reform and hold those liable for their misconduct.

The document asserts that a leading Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than one month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even encouraged thought abusers.

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