Over at Bible Gateway Bryan Loritts writes a post about George Floyd. The embattled pastor who is on staff at J.D. Greear’s The Summit is known for his role in covering up alleged sex crimes of voyeurism and the manufacturing of child pornography by his brother-in-law Rick Trotter at Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis in 2010. This blog is hoping that Bible Gateway will take down Bryan Loritts post. George Floyd’s memory deserves better.
“A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.”
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
John 15:10 NIV
It never ceases to amaze me. Recently I noticed that biblegateway.com was featuring and promoting Bryan Loritts at their website. Bryan Loritts published is called “George Floyd and the Way Forward” and went live on June 8, 2020. Biblegateway.com goes back to Nick Hengeveld, a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wanted to create a searchable Bible website and exploit the new invention of the internet. In 2008 Bible Gateway would be purchased by Zondervan and was eventually purchased by Harper Collins Publishing. Bible Gateway has over 200 versions of the Bible and over 70 languages that can be used. Bible Gateway also features devotionals, email newsletters, and other free resources. They claim the goal is not to just read the Bible but to understand it.
Bryan Loritts at Bible Gateway’s blog
Why is Biblegateway.com Promoting Bryan Loritts? Are they Okay with Voyeurism and Child Pornography?
Here is a question for Bible Gateway especially as they seek people to understand the Bible. Does Bible Gateway understand what sex crimes are? Do they know what voyeurism and child pornography is? This blog clearly has some concerns as Bryan Loritts is being featured and promoted at Bible Gateway. Bryan Loritts was involved in the cover-up of his brother-in-laws voyeurism and manufacturing of child pornography at Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis. Perhaps Bible Gateway would like to listen to two podcasts about the situation here and here. This blog has been writing about the situation for the last three years. For those who Google Bible Gateway who find this post you can read the two following posts which help explain the scandal. “The Sordid Tale of Rick Trotter, Bryan Loritts, John Bryson and Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Presbyterian Church” and “Of all the Scandals Written About at The Wondering Eagle, Bryan Loritts Was The Most Disturbing. Here’s Why.”
How the Hiring of Bryan Loritts Plays into the Tragic Story of Racial Stereotyping
Here is the tragedy in Bryan Loritts being in ministry both at J.D. Greear’s The Summit in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and in writing this blog post for Bible Gateway. Racism is a scourge on our society. Its existence goes back to the founding of the United States. Many of the racial attitudes that exist allowed slavery to establish itself and sadly prosper. We have never really had an honest and adequate discussion on slavery and racial problems. I realized and learned this when I studied history in graduate school. As a white man we also need to acknowledge and discuss that white privilege exists. I wrote about my own journey on the very topic in the following blog post called, “Reflecting on the Los Angeles Riots in 1992 and How I Came to Accept White Privilege Exists.”
I write all that above to lay the foundation for what I am going to say next. I felt that much of that needed to be discussed beforehand as what I will say is not spoken of lightly. When it comes to racism one of the issues that exists is the stereotype -which is both sad and tragic – of the African-American being involved in crime. It leads to racial profiling that is often unjust. And there are many whites who connect African-Americans and crime in their thought process. To do so is a travesty, and its something that I condemn as a white man. However the hiring of Bryan Loritts by J.D. Greear’s The Summit Church and organizations like Bible Gateway which give him a platform are only going to play to that racial stereotype when people learn that Bryan Loritts was involved in the cover-up of sex crimes at Fellowship Memphis. Its both troubling and an abject tragedy that a man would be given a platform who would then tragically confirm a stereotype that exists. Quite honestly George Floyd’s memory deserves a lot better and someone of higher integrity who could honor it. Bryan Loritts does not given the sex crimes he was involved in covering up at Fellowship Memphis. If anyone in Bible Gateway wants to speak to those who were involved in the Fellowship Memphis scandal this blog could help that become reality. But for Bible Gateway to feature Bryan Loritts is deeply disturbing and its something that needs to be addressed. This blog is hoping that Bible Gateway will take down Bryan Loritts post and let someone else write and honor the memory of George Floyd.