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Law Mattered More Than Love: Bart Barber Responds to SBC Sexual Abuse Report

Barber says the SBC can “affirm local church autonomy” while:

  • …telling the truth about survivors like Jennifer Lyell.
  • …responding to the correspondence and respecting the advice of survivors like Christa Brown.
  • …disfellowshipping congregations who give standing ovations to or persist in employing those who have abused survivors like Jules Woodson or Dave Pittman.
  • …allowing survivors like Rachael Denhollander to speak the truth to us without censorship.
  • …putting in place a robust process for determining the truth about allegations that member churches have dealt recklessly with cases of sexual abuse and then taking action upon the truth that we discover.

Barber pledges to work for biblical, love-based church autonomy “regardless of whether I am elected as president.” Voting will occur in June, at the SBC’s annual meeting in Anaheim, California.