Has the Justice Department gone too far by targeting Southern Baptists?
The Justice Department has opened an investigation on the Southern Baptist Convention.
With unlimited funds and unlimited time, the Justice Department has the power to destroy, cripple, and harm the Baptists.
In fact, there is a greater danger to every Christian about what the Justice Department is doing.
Here are 3 things you should know…
#1: The Big Danger
The big danger is the amount of money, time, and resources the Southern Baptist have versus the Justice Department’s unlimited money, resources, and time.
This will be a huge hit on the ministry’s funds—Funds that help the hurting, the broken, and to advance the Gospel.
But more than that, ultimately the Justice Department may use this as an excuse for a power grab, by demanding to oversee pastors, and decide which pastors can be hired, or even decide on church doctrine (what can be said and what can’t be said).
The dangers of what the government may demand regarding “accountability” and “restitution” is enormous.
The Justice Department is completely throwing out the First Amendment, and trashing religious freedom.
#2: The Southern Baptists Opened the Door Themselves
The Southern Baptists put themselves into this situation because they wrongfully and terribly ignored the hurt and pain of people who suffered sexual abuse by pastors in churches.
They tried to coverup and ignore the situation, and it came back to bite them.
But the Southern Baptists made plans to correct this, so it would never happen again.
The Southern Baptist Church (SBC) voted to adopt reforms and implement a tool to prevent any further abuse in the church—They created The Official Database of Credibly Accused Pastors.
They also commissioned Guidepost to do an independent investigation. Guidepost’s report showed that allegations of abuse had been kept from the trustees, as well as any decisions made by EC staff and the church’s legal team.
The report also revealed that for over 20 years, EC leaders had a list of over 700 abusive pastors. They also found that allegations were mishandled, and victims were mistreated.
The investigators interviewed over 300 people which took 8 months and cost over $2 million dollars.
Upon the report’s release, the DOJ made inquiries, seeking the unredacted version of Guidepost’s report, and started issuing grand jury subpoenas.
The SBC told the DOJ that they are open to cooperating with the investigation, issuing this statement:
“While we continue to grieve and lament past mistakes related to sexual abuse, current leaders across the SBC have demonstrated a firm conviction to address those issues of the past and are implementing measures to ensure they are never repeated in the future.”
There does not have to be government intervention or oversight in this.
It’s being handled.
#3: It’s Questionable the Federal Government Should Be Doing This at All
The DOJ’s actions go against their own procedures which are outlined on their website:
“Child sex abuse matters are generally handled by local and state authorities, and not by the federal government.”
Since the SBC have the situation under control, have admitted their fault, and have instituted a plan to address the problem, and moved forward, why would the federal government get involved?
It makes no sense…
This is another case of government overreach.
It’s again, a reflection on the war against Christianity.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org