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Was Larry Nuell Neathery Listed in Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers?

Larry Nuell Neathery, former pastor of River Oaks Baptist Church and Westside Victory Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, was convicted in 2006 of three life sentences for sexually abusing five children over a six-year period.

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According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains horrifying brand-new details concerning particular abuse occurrences and sheds light on how denominational officials actively fought abuse avoidance and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, and even condemned by upper-level church representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it showed these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to keep them from understanding the unchecked sexual misbehavior.

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A Record of Overlooked Misconduct

For nearly 20 years, survivors who were sexually assaulted sought to reach out to the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention with regards to the pastors and congregation workers. Almost all of these disclosed incidents fell beyond the SOL, making it not clear the number of abusers were actually incriminated. According to the report, a secret list was kept. However, victims’ shouts for fair treatment went unconsidered as leaders from companies and churches tried to safeguard themselves rather than those who have been taken advantage of by sexual abuse.

One victim talked about being treated with animosity as she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “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, look at all the good we do.’ The report shows a trend of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.” He desires this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

The document states that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault only one month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even encouraged suspected sexual abusers.

He wishes this report will bring along much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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