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SBC President Barber Would ‘Permanently Defrock’ Johnny Hunt If He Had the Authority

“These four pastors do not speak for the Southern Baptist Convention,” he said. “The voice of the Southern Baptist Convention is best found in the text of the resolutions adopted by the messengers and referenced above.”

Barber concluded his statement by calling out pastor Tate’s emotional quotation of the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10, while painting Hunt as the wounded man on the side of the road.

“The wounded person on the side of the road is the abuse survivor, not Johnny Hunt, and she received no mention at all by this panel—she was passed by, in a way, by this quintet,” Barber explained.

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Barber shared that he doesn’t know the woman Hunt sexually abused, “but I don’t want to be guilty of leaving her on the side of the road. I am praying for her, I have heard her, and I believe her.”