G.R.A.C.E. Issues Bob Jones University Report
As many of you are aware, G.R.A.C.E., Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, issued its report this week on Sexual Abuse and some of the systemic issues present at Bob Jones University (BJU.) You can find the report HERE.
There will no doubt be a great deal of follow-up and news to this report as the details of it become more public and are digested and as BJU hopefully acts on the recommendations to not only make amends for the past but also systemic changes within the organization to keep future abuse from occurring.
This is how a legitimate victim organization functions and why Crossroad Junction, Nathan’s Voice, Fulcrum Ministries and Jim and Marianne Wright are such a serious threat to legitimate Victim’s Organization’s work.
What’s the Difference? (Click on Highlights for additional information)
1. G.R.A.C.E. is a legitimate organization with a disclosed board of qualified professionals.
Nathan’s Voice, Crossroad Junction, and Fulcrum Ministries (The Wright Organizations) have no disclosed board of qualified professionals or elders.
2. G.R.A.C.E. uses Psychologists with recognized credentials in Leadership and in Providing Assistance to victims.
The Wright Organizations have no disclosed Psychologists and have relied in the past on a proven academic and professional fraud, Keith Smith.
Jim and Marianne Wright have claimed to be engaged in Pastoral Counseling without disclosed credentials and exaggerating the legitimacy of Theophostic Prayer Ministry.
3. G.R.A.C.E. maintains internal standards of separation and independence between its investigators and those they investigate.
The Wright Organizations have no internal standards. Jim Wright speaks for the claimed organizations against those with whom he’s personally in conflict.
4. G.R.A.C.E. operates to defend victims and bring restoration to abusers and organizations it identifies.
The Wright Organizations continue the patterns of personal and organizational defamation by Jim Wright from 1980 which began with the Moral Majority.
There’s Far More That Can be Said
This is a good opportunity however to look at these differences. It’s important, because Jim Wright is quick to cite cases like these in the media and to then draw parallels between his own discredited work in this area and them. In fact he did this repeatedly in the past with G.R.A.C.E. and also with Sovereign Grace Ministries investigations to try to give the appearance of some form of connection and legitimacy with himself. It took correspondence with G.R.A.C.E to establish that there was no formal connection or tacit endorsement there at all of Jim Wright and his facades.
Beware of illegitimate and compromised vigilantes like Jim and Marianne Wright, and their Puppet Organizations that attempt to create public separation and the illusion of an independent voice. Apart from the damage they attempt to do to the targets against whom they hold personal grudges, the even greater danger is the threat they pose to the reputations and voices of legitimate victims and organizations, such as G.R.A.C.E. that attempt to operate above board and with integrity on behalf of those victims.