FBC is the most prominent church in Jacksonville and it appears that they used that prominence to try to silence a dissident voice. The detective claimed he turned over the information to FBC authorities for their own "internal action." If internal action was required, and thus it was never a criminal matter, why was the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office even involved? It looks like the church misused its position and that the JSO was a willing accomplice in an internal church dispute. A dispute which should not be the business of the JSO or any other government agency. It is an abuse of the prominence of a major pulpit to use a criminal investigation as a means of silencing criticism in a church, and an abuse of the power of a police detective to engage in this type of investigation.
The Southern Baptist Convention is a denomination that is increasingly following an authoritarian model of leadership. The blogs mentioned in this article and a blog run by a man named Wade Burleson have become thorns in the side of the SBC leadership. I don't agree with them at all theologically but I support their efforts to bring light and transparency to the actions of SBC leadership. Though I have recently become more closely associated with the UCC, I was born, raised, and educated as a Baptist. One of the things I learned from my Baptist life is that God is way more often on the side of the dissidents and not on the side of totalitarian preachers.