This seems to be a hard question to answer. Last week, in a town near here, a 19 year old man raped a boy in church. That last sentence hurts to write as much as it hurts to read.
In December this man “inappropriately touched” a little girl under her clothing. The church board confronted him, reported it to authorities, and banned him from having contact with children.
One woman, interviewed for the story said that it was a problem keeping him out of the children’s wing, even after the warning. Last week, the man was caught by a police officer as he raped a young boy in the church.
Grace and forgiveness are the two things every child predator counts on when working a church, I say perhaps we should look at the mill stone technique Jesus espoused for causing children to stumble.
This week’s Church Security Report is about this case.