On Friday, July 9, ABC's 20/20 will air an update on the story of Matt Baker, the Baptist pastor who was convicted of murdering his wife.
According to investigators, Baker had also spent years living "a secret life as a sexual predator." Yet, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault and abuse, he was always able to move on through churches, schools and organizations affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
No one stopped him.
Not until he was put on trial for murder did people in the pews finally learn about the sexual abuse and assault allegations against him.
Now prosecutors say that "Matt Baker was a person who lived a double life and used his position as a minister for evil purposes."
Quoting Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, they point out that "The Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Prior postings on the Matt Baker case:
Outside Baptistland, there are consequences, 3/22/10
Lora's response to Baptist Bill, 2/17/10
Baptist Bill and the Courage of Lora, 2/8/10
Baptists threw kids a rattlesnake, 1/26/10
Complicity of Baptist leaders, 1/24/10
It shouldn't take a murder, 1/21/10
Guilty! Jury says pastor murdered wife, 1/20/10
Excerpts from the Matt Baker murder trial, 1/20/10
Baptist leaders silent at start of murder trial, 1/12/10
Baptist leaders must consider possible consequences, 6/12/09
Risk: Another lesson from the Matt Baker story, 12/31/08
Baptists at their best? 12/30/08
Why didn’t Baptists bust him? 2/23/08
Updates:"Was pastor's double life motive for murder?," ABC 20/20, 7/8/10
"Murdering minister's lover tells all," ABC 20/20, 7/9/10
"20/20 tells the story of Matt Baker," Debbie Kaufman's blog, 7/12/10
Thursday, July 8, 2010
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Don't you mean July 9, not June 9?
Thanks for this post; I usually don't watch 20/20.
Oops... many thanks, Elisabeth. I've made the correction. It's July 9.
Thank God we finally got him behind bars, Christa. Thank you for your dedication to this. Now, on to save Kari's girls. Continued prayers requested.
Watching it now...what a liar!
Here's another story about a Baptist minister convicted of sexual assault.
He served in Baptist churches most of his life.
Anon 11:32 - Thanks for the link on the story of Southern Baptist minister Franklin Wray. Last October, I had posted the news of his arrest in Texas, but I had not yet seen the news that he pled guilty to 19 counts of sexual abuse of a boy.
I watched the 20/20 show last night. Even with all of Baker's history, the evidence, the testimony of his former girlfriend (herself not a particularly likable or innocent person in the situation), and his conviction, Baker still maintains his innocence and is seeking a new trial. There are probably people who believe and still support him, too. Apparently his former lawyer isn't one of them.
Makes me soooo glad I exposed several ministers for PORNOGRAPHY usage before they got out of hand..
I just hope the Baptist members are still watching them even though I was inunidated with hate from these members, men, and their Baptist Mafia CULT leaders...
Naw, I am sure those members have their "heads buried in the sand" now.....
Oh well, at least I stood for the church even though they turned their backs on me...
You stood up to tell the truth. That's huge! Anyone involved in pornography and in a position of trust or leadership needs to be exposed for the protection of the innocent.
Doug's story concerning his exposing those ministers and the horrible action by those within the Baptist Mafia thereafter is documented, especially on the wartburg watch, ministersexposed, and ministerwatch.blogspot websites.
It is horrible how this guy was treated...just read
He went through hell for exposing these ministers, but what a soldier for Christ!
He did stand for the church and Christ Kingdom.
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