The Dissenter has been covering the story of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) political hit job perpetrated by Russell Moore, an ex-employee of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. After he departed the denomination to join the staff at the apostate “Christian” publication, Christianity Today, to continue his liberal agenda, Moore leaked a letter to the press claiming he had knowledge of sex abuse involving women and children dating back nearly two years and alleged that SBC leaders pressured him to cover up these abuses.
Today, in the wake of Moore’s hit job, the Southern Baptist Convention’s task force released a 400-page report from Guidepost after an investigation alleged that the Southern Baptist Convention had been “covering up” sex abuse for years.
Johnny Hunt, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, GA, former Southern Baptist Convention president, and former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman dating back to 2010 while on vacation in Panama City.
According to a Houston Chronicle report, Hunt entered the condo next to him where they were staying, began groping and kissing her, and later told her that he wanted to have sex with her three times a day.
Hunt denies the accusations and released a statement on Twitter stating that his “heart breaks for victims” and that he “vigorously den[ies] the circumstances and characterizations” of the report that was released by Guidepost.
During his tenure at NAMB, Hunt was seen regularly calling on Southern Baptist pastors to hold baptisms. Hunt, a regular speaker at First Baptist Church in Indian Trail, NC, resigned from NAMB last month prior to the release of the Guidepost report.
In 2020, it was revealed that Johnny Hunt had helped the late Ravi Zacharias set up his massage parlor business where Zacharias was later found to have abused multiple women through that business. In fact, Hunt was reported according to Pulpit & Pen to have traveled from Woodstock to Alpharetta to receive “services” from the spas. Below is a video of Johnny Hunt giving a speech at the grand opening of one of Ravi’s massage parlors:
Some are not fully convinced of the accusations. Capstone report tweeted:
You may remember the report from the Washington Post last year that accidentally told on its own people when it reported that the NAMB—a corrupt and spiritually bankrupt “church planting” organization that really acts more like a political action committee for leftists—had been using Southern Baptist tithe dollars to send pastors who are likely to vote for progressive and woke candidates to the annual meeting.
According to the report, “One insider said NAMB has been pouring money into getting urban church leaders to the annual meeting to get enough votes to secure the presidency for Ed Litton, an Alabama pastor who has promoted work on racial reconciliation.”
This is certainly no defense of Johnny Hunt, but it will be interesting to see in the coming days what happens with these allegations and to what extent NAMB played a role in the characterizations of this alleged incident.