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Was John O. McKay, Jr. Listed in the Southern Baptist List of Abusers?

John O. McKay, Jr., a former pastor at the First Baptist Church in Hondo, TX, and the Highland Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX, was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2006 for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. Until his death in 2018, he was a registered sex offender in Texas. The Baptist General Convention of Texas published a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes in 2007.

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Southern Baptist Convention Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document consists of horrible brand-new details regarding particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse avoidance and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent 3rd party investigation that found that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, or even blamed by upper-level church leaders from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million people. In addition, it exposed these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to stop them from being aware of the flagrant sexual misconduct.

Continue reading about the bombshell Southern Baptist Convention Report

A Record of Dismissed Abuse

For nearly twenty years, victims who were sexually assaulted tried to reach out to the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention with regards to the pastors and church employees. Just about all of these revealed occurrences fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it not clear the number of sexual predators were really incriminated. According to the report, an internal list was kept. Nonetheless, abuse survivors’ cries for fair treatment went unheeded as leaders from churches and organizations attempted to safeguard themselves rather than those who have actually been taken advantage of by sexual abuse.

One victim described being treated with animosity as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The sensational report shows a pattern of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.” He desires this document will bring much-needed change and hold those responsible for their misconduct.

The report alleges that a major Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even motivated thought sexual predators.

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