TWO MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS HAVE LEFT THE SEX ABUSE “INVESTIGATION” NARRATIVE EXPOSED AND UNABLE TO CONTINUE PROVIDING UNQUESTIONED COVER FOR THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION AGENDA IN THE CHURCH. PERHAPS AN EVEN LARGER FAILURE IS BREWING.
Rev Thomas Littleton
( NOTE- Abuse has taken place in churches and has been covered up at times. Even during the SBC “investigations” into the problem the fact that much of the abuse involved same sex and pedophilia has not been included in the narrative nor much of the “fix”. But in the HIGHLY politicized and agenda driven #ChurchToo realm- perception is truth and Critical Theories are the language of choice. God is still going to bring even the most deeply buried truth to light at His accounting. Victims must pray and forgive and move forward- and not look to these players for justice. Vengeance is mine says the Lord .I will repay. Romans 12:19-21 )
BAPTIST LEADERS:CLUELESS OR COMPLICIT WITH DE&I OPERATION?
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have displayed disturbing ignorance and inclinations in the last 6 years as the movement has sought to respond to its reported “sex abuse and coverup scandal “. For ONE- Baptist leaders do not seem to recognize feminism or activism nor do they seem to understand what Diversity Equity and Inclusion outcomes will mean for their movement and the trusting churches who are following them. In addition Baptist leaders show utter ignorance or gullibility when it comes to choosing “partners” to bring credibility to their “investigation” and remedies. In fact these Baptist leaders have shown an almost “FETISH -LIKE ” inclination toward the worst kind of PRO-LGBTQUAI and DE&I compliance organizations and firms in the #MeToo realm. How engaging such organizations and firms is supposed to be helpful to the SBC in remaining faithful to God and His Word remains a mystery.By all appearances this is just another chapter in a tangled web of collusion that is only now, after 6 years, coming to the surface in the cesspool of #ChurchToo.
THE FIRST OF TWO COLLAPSING PIECES OF THE “SCANDAL”.
Accusations exploded against an iconic figure of the Baptist “Conservative Resurgence” of the late 1970’s. Paige Patterson being accused launched the SBC into the #MeToo/ Cancel Culture and the international media spotlight. Attacks came from all sides including the feminist wing of the SBC itself and the gielding prophets who serve their long game agenda. Lawsuits began taking flight but now the one involving Paige Patterson and the launch sequence accusations HAS BEEN DISMISSED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE. See Christian Post headline and actual court decision from the Judge.
“Federal judge dismisses major abuse lawsuit against Southern Baptist Convention leader.”
Heading on the court documents
“Roe v. Patterson et al”
“MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER. It is ORDERED that the parties’ objections to the negligence summary judgment evidence, (Dkt. # 296 , # 315 ), are GRANTED in part. Specifically, with the exception of objections that have been expressly granted b y this memorandum opinion and order, all other objections are DENIED as moot. It is further ORDERED that Defendants’ negligence summary judgment motions, (Dkt. # 239 , # 257 ), are GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that all of Plaintiff Jane Roe’s negligence and gross negligence claims against Defendants Patterson and SWBTS are DISMISSED with prejudice. Signed by District Judge Sean D. Jordan on 03/25/2023. (las, )”
(A dismissal with prejudice means that the ruling is the final judgment in the case. The dismissal prohibits the prosecutor from refiling the charges)
So it actually looks like that the MUCH HYPED personal attacks against Paige Patterson by Southern Baptist progressives like Russell Moore, Albert Mohler and (soon to be former) SEBTS professor Karen Swallow Prior, among others, were just denominational politics seeking to remove Patterson and topple his status among Conservatives.It then started the cancel culture ball rolling among other long time leaders.
The “CAKE WALK” style in which the abuse “scandal” operation has been deployed has made it a bit too obvious that other agendas were in the wings and unbiblical end games where in play given where the operation is supposed to take the SBC. NO other set of actions in the SBC #ChurchToo has made the hokey nature of the “scandal” MORE OBVIOUS than the repeated and obsessive choice of Guidepost Solutions as the SBC’s go to investigation and resolution parter. Now Guidepost Solution is getting exposed and becoming the cause for growing pushback. But is it too little too late?
THE SECOND LAYER TO PEEL AWAY
Florida’s State Baptist Convention has had enough of their missions offerings going into the SBC Cooperative Funding to pay Guidepost Solutions and its pro-LGBTQ stance.
MARCH 31 2023
“Florida Baptist Convention’s State Board Of Missions Responds To Recent Announcement Concerning Guidepost Solutions“
JACKSONVILLE–Florida Baptists’ State Board of Missions, acting ad interim on behalf of the Florida Baptist State Convention, unanimously approved a resolution March 31 expressing deep concern with the utilization of Guidepost Solutions or its subsidiary Faith Based Solutions.” ( Note Faith Based Solutions” was begun inside Guidepost Solutions to handle it’s growing business in the #ChurchToo industry .)
“While affirming “policies and procedures governing abuse prevention, abuse reporting and survivor care,” the resolution stated that “choosing to retain individuals or organizations which actively promote world-views contrary to the teachings of Scripture is simply not good stewardship of the Cooperative Program dollars.”
The resolution, in its entirety, reads as follows:
“A Resolution of the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist State Convention Concerning the Decisions by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee and the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force to Retain Guidepost Solutions.”
Whereas the State Board of Missions recommended at the 2021 annual meeting of our state convention the establishment of a taskforce to provide for an independent professional review of all policies and procedures of the convention and its cooperating ministries related to abuse prevention, abuse reporting and survivor care and the results of this review were shared with messengers at the 2022 annual meeting. The taskforce summarized the findings by stating there were “no overwhelming flaws in the policies and procedures”;
Whereas at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, TN, messengers voted to establish a Sexual Abuse Task Force and in September 2021 that taskforce recommended and engaged Guidepost Solutions to carry out an independent assessment and investigation of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention;
Whereas in May 2022 the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention separately retained Guidepost Solutions to establish an abuse reporting hotline;
Whereas in June 2022, just prior to the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Anaheim, California, Guidepost Solutions (the organization hired by the Sexual Abuse Task force of the Southern Baptist Convention) made public statements affirming sexual values at odds with the teaching of Scripture and the convictions of Florida Baptists by publicly supporting the LGBTQ movement;“
SHOW ME THE MONEY…OR DON’T :THE WITHHOLDING OF CP FUNDS IS WHAT REALLY GETS NASHVILLE’S ATTENTION
“ Whereas Florida Baptist churches have been leaders in Cooperative Program support, contributing 51% of all undesignated receipts given to the Cooperative Program to the CP budget of the Southern Baptist Convention totaling $108,154,986 since 2016; therefore, be it
Resolved, that the State Board of Missions acting ad interim for the Florida Baptist State Convention:
3″urges the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to immediately cease further engagement and negotiations with Guidepost Solutions and its subsidiary Faith Based Solutions;“
4″implores the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force, prior to the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, to reevaluate its decision and thereafter engage only providers that share a solidly biblical worldview to develop and maintain the “Ministry Check” website database;
5 calls upon Florida Baptists to attend and make their voices heard at the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in New Orleans;
6 directs that following the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, June 13-14, 2023, if either Guidepost Solutions or its subsidiary Faith Based Solutions continues to be retained or is further retained by the Southern Baptist Convention in any capacity, then the State Board of Missions acting in its capacity to serve ad interim and on behalf of the Florida Baptist State Convention, directs the Florida Baptist Convention staff to immediately escrow a percentage of funds commensurate with the allocation percentage for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention , as adopted in the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program Budget at the 2023 Annual Meeting. Additionally, staff shall designate on all remittance reports that the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention shall not receive any financial distribution from funds forwarded by the Florida Baptist Convention on behalf of its church
HOW BRAZEN HAS GUIDEPOST SOLUTIONS BEEN WITH EXPRESSING ITS ANTI-BAPTIST VALUES?
Guidepost Solutions went “out and proud” just days before the SBC 2022 annual meetings .Were no Christians supposed to notice?
Where do they go from here now that the “launch case is dismissed and the anti- Christian /anti- Baptist culture of Guidepost /Faith Based Solutions is known?
A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT THE DAY AFTER THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED -BAPTISTPRESS ANNOUNCED –
“ARITF pivots, moves away from Guidepost Solutions.”
“CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) – Abuse Reform and Implementation Task Force chair Marshall Blalock announced Tuesday (April 4) the task force will no longer recommend Guidepost Solutions to establish and maintain a database for those credibly accused of sexual abuse. Messengers approved the creation of a “ministry check” website at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.”
“The move comes after continued concerns were expressed by Southern Baptists to the ARITF in connection to a Guidepost tweet last June during gay pride month in which the group stated it was “proud to be an ally” to the LGBTQ+ community.”
FOR MORE ON THE PROBLEMATIC PARTNERSHIP OF SBC AND GUIDEPOST SOLUTIONS READ :
Abuse- sex abuse and cover ups have no doubt taken place but those seeking to seize the opportunity to FURTHER their causes at the expense of the true church by committing even more broad and varied abuse are not serving God’s redemptive purposes.
God is no doubt cleaning house, He is likely judging the Southern Baptist Church- but some seem to have failed to remember that the church is HIS HOUSE. Moreover -the true church is the Bride of Christ and called to be dedicated as “holiness unto the Lord”- NOT a safe haven for activist promoting social change or progressives looking to make power grabs . Those institutions where these things FLOURISH are in fact not the church at all but empty shells having the name that they live but are DEAD. God is not interested in a rotting corpse that once bore His name and image. Baptist leaders must find their way to the cross and repent of playing political and social posturing with abuse and partnering with the ungodly to supposedly find a path to a biblically faithful future. We must never forget …
1 Peter 4:17
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? “
“12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
1 PETER 4:
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”