Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Panel to Address Sexual Abuse and Assault at Southern Baptist Convention

Sexual abuse and assault will be subjects of a panel discussion convened by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission on the eve of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 12-13 in Dallas.

The ERLC will sponsor a conversation on some of society’s hottest topics during “Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture” at 9 p.m. June 11. Panelists will discuss how the Gospel of Jesus guides the Christian view of such subjects not only as sexual assault, abuse and harassment but domestic violence, pornography and infidelity.

Even before June 11, the ERLC will co-host with The Village Church a two-day conference on the church’s Gospel engagement with the world. The event — titled “The Gospel and the Future of the Church” — will be held June 8-9 in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at The Village Church’s Flower Mound campus in metro Dallas.

The June 11 panel discussion will come at a time when the church and country are going through a crash course regarding sub-biblical treatment of women. Recent months have seen an ongoing series of revelations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct by pastors in the evangelical church and prominent men in the culture. The pastoral handling of domestic abuse of Christian wives also has generated controversy recently.

“Sexual assault and sexual abuse are of the devil,” ERLC President Russell Moore told Baptist Press in written comments. “If we are the people of Christ, we should lead the way to protecting the vulnerable from predators.

“This event will be a conversation on how churches can prepare for and address this crisis, as well as how to minister to the many victims in our pews and in our mission field.”

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Source: Baptist Press