A Southern Baptist sex monster is finally dead

Now the religion is trying to forget Paul Pressler

Jonathan Poletti
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On June 7th, one of the most famous leaders in Southern Baptist history died. Days later, the religion had its annual meeting and no one even mentioned him.

An obituary was released by Paul Pressler’s wife and children. One might’ve thought he was just a retired appeals court judge in Texas who’d enjoyed horseback riding and teaching Sunday School classes.

There was no mention of his fame as a Southern Baptist and Republican activist, or of his decades of sexual predation on teenage boys.

In 1977, Pressler became deeply concerned about declining belief in “biblical inerrancy.”

That was his story. The youth of America, he insisted, needed to know the Bible was next to perfect, and the only guide to life. Finding some “liberal” tendencies in Southern Baptist churches, colleges and seminaries, he set out to take over the Southern Baptist Convention.

As many discovered, he wasn’t playing nice. In a 1979 report, Christianity Today quoted a pastor commenting on Pressler and his henchmen: