Recent investigations by the organization GRACE revealed last December that Bob Jones University has been concealing sexual abuse for over 30 years using unprofessional and unethical counseling techniques, overseen by Dr. Jim Berg.
Berg will be the keynote speaker January 23-24 at the “Christian Growth Bible Conference” hosted by Grace Bible Church in Colorado Springs. In fact, he is the only speaker at the conference.
Grace Bible Church does not seem to recognize the report’s findings against Berg.
Pastor Jeff Anderson of Grace Bible Church, said in an email, “Dr. Berg has been training biblical counselors for over thirty years—preparing the BJU resident counselors for their ministry to the student body, holding counselor training conferences for pastors, and teaching biblical counseling online and in the classroom at Bob Jones University Seminary.”
GRACE’s final report, detailing Berg’s unprofessional leadership of the counseling program would seem to disqualify him from speaking on these topics and from continuing to counsel at BJU.
Bob Jones has a reputation for racism (banning interracial dating until the mid-2000s) and homophobia, but CNN iReport reported nine forcible sex offenses occurred on the BJU campus in 2011 after Cleary reports were published in 2012.
Christianity Today reported that BJU invited GRACE to investigate in January 2013.
BJU asked GRACE to suspend their investigation February 2014 before allowing them to continue.
On December 11, 2014, GRACE released the results showing that “Bob Jones University responded poorly to many students who disclosed being sexually victimized,” according to Religion News.
The New York Times published an article titled Bob Jones University Blamed Victims of Sexual Assaults, Not Abusers, Report Says on the same day.
Blogger Rebecca Davis started BJUGrace.com, which compares Berg’s methods to counseling children after a fatal bus wreck.
Pickets at Grace Bible Church are organizing for 6:30 pm tomorrow.