“There is a story in today’s local paper of a youth minister that has 14 charges of sexual molestation against 3 teenage girls. The incidents allegedly occurred at a church he previously attended, he changed churches and the new church, knowing of the allegations, allowed him to serve in youth ministry for another 2 or 3 years” (Ken)
“Would forgivenness involve reinstating the criminal back into ministry? I certainly believe so…The primary concern of the church should be forgiving him.” (Burning Bush)
“If we want to be true to the gospels – that youth leader that did those things needs to face the law for the things he did (since he did what was not allowed by it – and he owes to it). We can forgive the person – but that doesn’t mean said youth pastor gets a free ticket from ‘repentance’ or ‘responsibility'” (SocietyVs)
“Chruch discipline in accord with the NT would demand that he be put out of the church until he repents. I think a major part of repentance is accepting the just consequences of our actions” (Pam)
Ken reittirates an actual story from Canada – Then some of us responded to what he wrote – but what do you think should be done according to the faith you follow? Is there a problem with what happened there – and whose forgiveness is more impoertant in the case of a sexual offense – God’s or the victims? Inquiring minds want to know.