I was deeply saddened to read the review undertaken by our Methodist friends of abuse within the church, which revealed reports of 1,885 people inflicting some kind of abuse on children, young people and adults since 1950.
It’s terrible to read of the damage done to the lives of vulnerable people by those within the church with whom they ought to have been safe: the betrayal of trust compounds the trauma of abuse.
The Methodist Church has done the right thing by admitting its failure, making an unreserved apology to those affected, and putting in place stronger safeguarding processes for the future.
Jesus didn’t mince his words on the subject: he warned that anyone who abused a child or a vulnerable adult deserved to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round their neck.
As ever, knowing the depths of human nature, he knew what he was talking about, since he himself would undergo the devastation of human sin and its destructive consequences on the cross. He never confused forgiving sin with condoning it.
Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham
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