Many of you are aware that the Houston Chronicle has published an article called, “Abuse of Faith,” tracking many accounts of sexual abuse that have occurred in the Southern Baptist Convention over the past 20 years. It is both devastating and deeply disturbing that this evil has gone on in our denomination, with more to be published in the Chronicle’s series. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” We are heart-broken and grieve with the victims and their families. There is no doubt that a season of mourning, repentance and prayer is needed in this unsettling time in Baptist life.
At PCBC, we must be clear in our commitment to the church’s God-ordained responsibility to be a place of safety, hope and healing – while also remaining uncompromising in our own policies and procedures for screening those who work with our children. All ministers are thoroughly vetted through background checks, employment history review and other rigorous assessments. Our church has, for over 20 years through the highly-regarded Children First program, vetted all volunteers that serve with our children and students.
Please also know that if you have questions or concerns, our staff is ready to help. Call the church office and we will be happy to talk with you.
I am calling you and our entire church family to join me in prayer this Sunday at 8:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. We will bring prayers of repentance, ask God to use us to end this evil, and commit ourselves anew to be watchful and to seek purity in every area of our lives. God, have mercy on us.
Dr. Jeff Warren