A WORD FROM OUR ELDERS REGARDING SBC MINISTRIES RECENTLY IN THE NEWS…

 

On February 10, 2019, the Houston Chronicle published the results of its investigation into sexual abuse within SBC churches over the past 20 years. 

We are grieved at the findings of this report.  We lament the impact of sin in the body of Christ, especially that caused by leaders of some congregations.  To quote Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,

“Jesus does not cover up sin within the temple of his presence. He brings everything hidden to light. We should too. When we downplay or cover over what has happened in the name of Jesus to those he loves we are not “protecting” Jesus’ reputation. We are instead fighting Jesus himself. No church should be frustrated by the Houston Chronicle’s reporting, but should thank God for it. The Judgment Seat of Christ will be far less reticent than a newspaper series to uncover what should never have been hidden.”

We take serious the faith and trust of the families of our church.  We are committed to the safe and secure care of every member of our congregation. And we continue in steadfast covenant to hold one another to the highest of biblical standards.  Our staff and volunteers have and will continue to pursue ongoing training through our Ministry Safe resource.

  • If you have found yourself a victim of sexual abuse in any way, by anyone, please know you can get help.  For a list of resources, click here.

  • To read a response from our convention president J.D. Greear, click here.

  • To read a response from Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, click here.

Please pray with us for the victims of abuse and the families and the ministries who support them. 

The Elders of Church at the Cross


PRAYER OF LAMENT:

Our Father, Listen to the sounds of our cries, our King and our God, for to you we pray - let the light of your love and justice shine. 
Father, we are outraged at this sin - 
outraged over the sexual abuse, the coverups,
the leveraging of power and pastoral office to take advantage of the trusting and the vulnerable.
It angers us.
It frustrates us.
And we confess that hate is growing in our hearts toward those who act unjustly.
But we know that our rage belongs before you, O God. 
Hidden in the dark chambers of our hearts and nourished by the system of darkness, 
hate grows and seeks to infest everything with its hellish will to exclusion. 
But in the light of the justice and love of God, hate recedes and the seed is planted for the miracle of forgiveness.
So Lord, purify your Church. 
Bring to light those among us who are walking in darkness.
Purge your bride of those who would seek to exploit their influence over those whom you’ve entrusted to their care.
Let the light of your love and justice shine. 

We also pray you would visit our friends who have suffered in silence as many days as not. 
Stand near those who bear the scars of abuse, who each morning struggle with its fresh effects.
Give them hope for every trying day.
Give them companions to show them your love.
Give them fresh glimpses of your unending promises - 
You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. (Is 40.29)
You renew the strength of those who hope in the LORD. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Is 40.31)
You take hold of 
their right hand and say, "Do not fear; I will help you.” (Is 41.13)
You will meet all 
their needs according to the riches of your glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4.19)
You are a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Ps 9:9-10)
Let the light of your love and justice shine. 

Father, as we mourn and lament that your kingdom has not yet fully come,
we turn to you as our only source of hope and comfort.
And we confidently declare today your redemption of the world in Jesus Christ. 
So let your kingdom come!
Convert those who are still to become children and members of your kingdom.
Defend your children against those who will not turn away their might and power from the destruction of your kingdom.
Let your will be done!
Convert those who have yet to acknowledge your good will. 
Defend your children against those who in their rage, fury, abuse, hate, threats, and evil desires do not cease to do us harm.
Let the light of your love and justice shine. 
Through Jesus Christ and by your Holy Spirit, amen.