Is it incumbent upon church leadership to prepare the flock? Is it incumbent upon church members to prepare themselves to know what to look for? Are hundreds of pairs of trained eyes more effective than those of the elders and deacons? Can we do better at fending off the potential of abuse within our church? I’m just asking.
“The exercise of searching through the myriad documents, articles, letters, testimonies, and sources brings me to make my purpose statement. The purpose of this writing is to take a stand for victims before they become victims.
Abusers easily prey on the naivety of religious folks, including
church leaders. . . What abusers don’t expect is for Christians
to think like someone who lives a double life, while
pretending to be naïve . . . Once an abuser introduces himself
to a parent of a target child, all he has to do is create the reality
and values that those parents want or expect to see in others . . .
Abusers are masters of deception and manipulation and will
wear their victims down. (Hinton, Jimmy, The Devil Inside, used with permission.)
(Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews – The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 163.)
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