Two days ago, the Bayly Blog wrote a post in which they stated that Doug Wilson's Open Letter was "pastorally wise." The Baylys have been long time supporters of Doug Wilson. Today, in a stunning turnaround, they removed the initial post and and placed this statement in its place.
Two days ago, with my wife I posted a statement titled "Christ Church's open letter is pastorally wise…" in support of an open letter issued by the pastors and elders of Christ Church, Moscow, in connection with a member of their congregation named Steven Sitler. Since posting our statement, though, Mary Lee and I have learned more details which have led us to conclude our prior statement was precipitous and should not have been published. We apologize and have removed the statement from Baylyblog…
That said, we continue to have deep respect for Christ Church's pastors and elders Biblically, spiritually, and pastorally. Like many others around the country, we and our congregation have benefited greatly from their ministry and thank God for them and their work, as well as the congregation that loves and supports them. We do not want to cause them any pain, but in the particular instance of Steven Sitler, we are afraid our prior statement has rightly been interpreted as the endorsement of a particular approach in pastoral care of child sexual abusers that we do not, in fact, support. Thus this retraction and the posting (we anticipate in a little while) of another piece explaining some of the details of what we believe about the proper pastoral care of those who have given themselves to this terrible wickedness.
We will link to their new piece when it is posted. We will post a link to their new statement when it is posted.