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Matthew Anthony Keller Named in Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Investigation
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Was Matthew Anthony Keller Listed in SBC List of Abusers?

Matthew Anthony Keller, a youth ministry volunteer at Haltom Road Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child pornography production. Keller was charged with coercing a minor boy into sending a video of himself in handcuffs and having an erection. In August 2017, he was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison.

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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 report contains horrifying new details relating to certain abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively fought abuse avoidance and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by upper-level congregation representatives from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million members. Furthermore, it exposed these leaders often lied to their very own members to stop them from knowing the rampant sexual abuses.

Continue reading about the bombshell SBC Guidepost Report PDF

A Past of Dismissed Abuse

Nearly all of these disclosed incidents occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were actually charged. According to the report, an in-house list of abusers was kept.

One victim recounted being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the SBC

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

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse just 1 month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering up and actually motivated suspected abusers.

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