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Was Spencer Osbourne Listed in Southern Baptist Abuse Investigation Report?

Spencer K. Osbourne, assistant pastor at the New Covenant Free Will Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN, was convicted in 1993 of bigamy and molesting a 7-year-old girl.

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Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes horrible new details concerning certain abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively hindered abuse avoidance and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, and even condemned by high-level church leaders from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it revealed these leaders frequently deceived their own members to avoid them from understanding the flagrant sexual misbehavior.

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A Record of Dismissed Mishandling

For nearly two decades, survivors who were sexually abused sought to speak with the administration of the “SBC” regarding the ministers and congregation staff members. Nearly all of these revealed incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain the number of abusers were really incriminated. According to the report, an in-house list was kept. However, victims’ shouts for fair treatment went unnoticed as leaders from companies and churches attempted to protect themselves rather than those who have actually been taken advantage of by sexual abuse.

The report alleges that a senior Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 month after completing his two-year period as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a lady during a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who helped in covering up for and even motivated alleged abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

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

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as prominent SBC leaders who helped in covering and actually motivated presumed abusers.

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