Sexual abuse is just as horrible and evil within the Church as without, yet we are more guilty because we should know better. We know where the human propensity for sin, evil, and abuse comes from. We know the human capacity to deceive and deflect. We know our own vulnerability, and the sin nature shared by all after Eden. So, if our defense for the sins of the Church is that those among us are no more guilty than Harvey Weinstein and Hugh Hefner, it’s fair to say that we’ve lost the plot of our own story.
Southern Baptist Convention presidential candidate Tom Ascol is calling for the removal of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Acting President Brent Leatherwood after he opposed a bill that would criminalize women who have abortions in Louisiana.
Let us put this simply – when there is rampant sin in the Lord's house, it is not a distraction from the church's mission to deal with it. Sin hinders the mission. Women and children suffering sexual abuse at the hands of the men who are called to lead the church hinders the mission. Just as cutting cancer out of a body promotes healing and health, so does bringing sin to light so that we can move forward in repentance.