20 years ago it was all about the crisis in the Catholic Church. That crisis has wound around to hit every segment of the American Church. We need repentance. First. We can talk about all the other things to do, but right now it is repentance FIRST. We are NOT repentant. We are stiff-necked. It is ugly to watch.
A report from an independent investigation firm has delivered a scathing report on the Southern Baptist Convention.
Russell Moore calls it an apocalypse:
The conclusions of the report are so massive as to almost defy summation. It corroborates and details charges of deception, stonewalling, and intimidation of victims and those calling for reform. It includes written conversations among top Executive Committee staff and their lawyers that display the sort of inhumanity one could hardly have scripted for villains in a television crime drama. It documents callous cover-ups by some SBC leaders and credible allegations of sexually predatory behavior by some leaders themselves, including former SBC president Johnny Hunt (who was one of the only figures in SBC life who seemed to be respected across all of the typical divides).
Over and over the Lord is coming through his vineyard in the American Church and he is cutting out dead vines. And over and over, we keep dodging and trying small policy changes and living in denial.
If we keep avoiding repentance, Jesus will keep cutting away. It’s that simple. WHY ARE WE SO WILLFULLY BLIND?