Come on, SP. You know the answer to that one.The Dallas Morning News reported that many were angry about how little was done.
Gilyard's next stop was Victory Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, where at least 4 women made accusations against him. As reported in the Dallas Morning News, one woman said she was raped.
Gilyard was allowed to resign from Victory Baptist after confessing to several adulterous relationships. That was the description Paige Patterson gave to Gilyards conduct, as quoted in the Dallas Morning News. It was "the fourth time in four years" that Gilyard had been "forced to walk away from a congregation."
The morning after Gilyards resignation, Paige Patterson also described Gilyard as one of the most brilliant men in the pulpit.
Just two weeks later, Darrell Gilyard was preaching in the pulpit of another church.
In 1993, Darrell Gilyard became pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Gilyard was encouraged by former Southern Baptist president Jerry Vines, who agreed to forgive Gilyard for his out-of-state troubles. Reportedly, Vines also gave credence to Gilyard by speaking from the pulpit of Gilyards church.
Now, finally, Gilyard faces trial in Florida on criminal charges of child molestation and lewd conduct.
Consider how many have likely been hurt. Based on published news accounts, 42 women made accusations against Gilyard. Some of them were mere college students.Now 2 underage teen girls have reported Gilyard. Thats a total of 44.
And thats just the ones we know about. How many more were so traumatized that they stayed silent?
Yet, even in the face of so many published accusations,Gilyard is said to be preaching and teaching at another church in Jacksonville.
So where are the voices of Paige Patterson and Jerry Vines now? These two former Southern Baptist presidents were plenty willing to use their powerful voices to promoteGilyard. Why arent they now willing to use their powerful voices to get Gilyard out of the pulpit?
Why arent there other Southern Baptist leaders who are speaking up?
Why isnt anyone in Southern Baptist leadership willing to take a stand and say how wrong it is to allow Gilyard in the pulpit?
Why isnt anyone in Southern Baptist leadership willing to take a stand on behalf of the 44 known wounded women and girls? Arent 44 enough?
How many does it take?
"Christians aren't perfect. They are forgiven."