Last May I linked to a post written by Sarah Taras in which she was bemoaning the degradation of the gospel in the Evangelical church. As you know this is a topic which is near to my heart so I was thrilled when I came across her blog. You can imagine my surprise when a reader emailed me a link to a post on another topic that is near to my heart only to see that it was co-written by the same author!
In The Stones Will Cry Out, Sarah Taras and Marci Preheim wrote a stinging rebuke against Evangelical leaders who are engaging in the grossly immoral sin of turning a blind eye to sexual predators in the church. In the post they tell of a heartbreaking situation in which a friend’s son was raped by a ‘friend’ from church.The church’s response is all too familiar,
Herein lies the problem. She turned to the only place she knew to find Jesus—the church. There, instead of protection, care and assistance, she was further abused, silenced, falsely accused, financially impoverished, and kicked to the curb. Instead of protecting her and her son, the church protected, nurtured, and cared for the rapist. They did not inform other parents of the danger that comes with having a rapist in the congregation, nor did they limit the perpetrator’s access to other children.
Pastors and church leaders have a natural inclination to fight for the sinner and minister to sinners. This is a good thing. . . but never (ever, ever, ever!) at the expense of the victim. The thing is, as pastors we are called to ‘protect, nurture, and care’ for the most depraved of sinners. In the case of a rapist, this can and should be done from behind bars. The gospel has been proclaimed in prisons since the beginning and we can still do that today. Taras and Preheim are right to frame this in the context of Matthew 18.6, “. . . But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea”. These pastors should repent– they must repent! If not, the judgement that awaits them is severe; and the millstones around their neck will be crying out against them. Head on over to sarahtaras.com and read The Stones Will Cry Out.
If you are interested in reading more on this topic check out the following books:
- Book Review – Vindicating the Vixens by Sandra Glahn - February 8, 2018
- Book Review – Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds by Corey Miller & Lynn K. Wilder - December 2, 2017
- Book Review – Marriage God’s Way by Scott LaPierre - November 17, 2017