Local Baptist Church Cracking Down On Sex Offenders

With allegations of child sexual abuse surrounding the Catholic Church, one Kentucky Southern Baptist pastor wants to make sure the same scrutiny doesn't befall the 24 hundred Baptist churches in Kentucky.

Pastor Bill Henard is creating a packet including information on all convicted sex offenders.

He wants to be sure the church employees and volunteers that work with kids are not on any list.

He hopes to have the packets complete by the end of the summer, and wants other states to follow his lead.


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  • by Don Location: Oklahoma on Jun 1, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    I think if the churches and the leader's had been learning something about love and forgiveness and praticing it then we would not have all these sex offenders, drug addicts alcoholics,pill pushers, pill poppers, even the people in the churches are addicted to something but Jesus Christ if not they would be more into forgiveness. The world does need to change and it will take Forgiveness to do it.
  • by Debi Location: Lex on Jul 15, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    I think it is great that this pastor is taking steps to keep sexual predators away from our children. Sexual predators look for opportunities to be near children; teaching Vacation Bible School and various other positions in the church and local schools. In my humble opinion we openly "accept" someone's salvation story and put them in leadership positions in the church and yet we know very little to nothing about their character. I know without a doubt that accepting Jesus' blood sacrifice on the cross was/is for the atonement of our sins. While Jesus is the Saviour of our souls He taught that forming our character is our responsibility. I lecture and lead discussion groups on the Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Development of Children and it breaks my heart to see the blatant sin that the church (the Bride of Christ) flirts and even endulges in. If you would like for me to come to your group email me. Have a blessed day!
  • by Christa Location: Texas on Jun 28, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    Actually, Southern Baptists are still way behind the Catholics in addressing clergy sex abuse. Only about 3 percent of the Catholic priests removed from ministry were ever convicted of anything. But since 2002, Catholics have been removing priests from ministry based on "credible accusations." It's good that Kentucky Baptists are keeping track of convicted perps, but if Baptists want to be proactive about protecting kids, they still need to do a great deal more. When will Southern Baptists start doing at least as much as the Catholics, Presbyterians, Episcopals, and other faith groups?
  • by Karen Location: Kentucky on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    It's good to see the Baptists have learned from the experiences of the Catholics and are being proactive about protecting children. It has nothing to do with lack of compassion for child molesters. It is simple common sense.
  • by Hal Location: California on Jun 26, 2007 at 12:50 PM
    So much for compassion of the church.

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