Re: "Sex­ual abuse within fun­da­men­tal Bap­tist churches shock­ing"

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The re­cent ex­pose re­ported in the Sun News sur­round­ing wide­spread sex­ual abuse within fun­da­men­tal Bap­tist churches across the United States is pretty shock­ing. That reve­la­tion, cou­pled with multi-gen­er­a­tional pe­dophile epi­demics re­ported within the Catholic church, has a chill­ing ef­fect on many of us who em­brace Chris­tian­ity at its core.

His­tory in­forms us that re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions are not im­mune to ram­pant and wide­spread acts of lust, per­ver­sion and mis­use of power within the ranks of their lead­er­ship. Cou­ple those be­hav­iors with a love for the "almighty dol­lar" and it is not the least bit sur­pris­ing that a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans have thrown in the towel on reg­u­lar "church" at­ten­dance.

Hope­fully, re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions across our na­tion will soon awaken to the stark re­al­ity that the mes­sage they are cur­rently de­liv­er­ing is not the brand that mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are in­ter­ested in em­brac­ing. New par­a­digms within these in­sti­tu­tions are both needed and war­ranted; more so now than ever be­fore.

– Ray Bray­boy, Myr­tle

Beach

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