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Was Jim Cude Listed in the SBC List of Abusers?

Jim Cude was a bivocational music minister and deacon at Whitesboro’s First Baptist Church. Cude also served as the band director at North Mesquite High School. After sending graphic sexual messages and setting up a meetup with an undercover cop posed as a 13-year-old on Grindr, he was arrested for online solicitation of a child.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document contains horrifying new specifics concerning specific abuse circumstances and clarifies how denominational authorities actively fought abuse prevention and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a substantial and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by high-ranking church authorities from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million members. Furthermore, it uncovered these leaders often deceived their own members to avoid them from being aware of the unchecked sexual misbehavior.

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A Past of Dismissed Mishandling

Almost all of these disclosed incidents fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an in-house list of predators was kept.

The report asserts that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only one month after completing his two-year period as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of abusing a fellow congregant during a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally identifies 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who helped in covering and even encouraged alleged abusers.

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report shows a trend of stonewalling, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He hopes this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their actions.

The report asserts that a major Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than 1 month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as renowned SBC leaders who helped in covering and even encouraged presumed abusers.

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