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WEDNESDAY, OCT 14, 2009  |  11 comments
Should Sex Offenders Be Barred from Church?
North Carolina is a proud member of the so-called Bible Belt of states that take their religion seriously. So some eyebrows were raised when James Nichols was arrested for attending church.

His offense? Nichols, a convicted sex offender, had chosen to worship at a church that has a nursery where kids play while their parents pray. Now Nichols, 31, who only recently got out of prison, is fighting back, challenging the legality of a new law that took effect in December prohibiting registered sex offenders from coming within 300 ft. ‚ÄĒ nearly a football field's length ‚ÄĒ of any facility devoted to the use, care or supervision of minors. ...


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News Item10/19/09 12:24 AM
savedbygrace | Harrisburg, PA  Find all comments by savedbygrace
My daughter began attending a Christian School this year and the Bible Class teacher actually posed this question to them.
First thought was that this was a difficult question. Then, I answered, no for an unbeliever and maybe no for a believer.
- Acknowledged that all are sinners but
believers uniquely have power over sin
- Churches, are for believers who should
go out to unbelievers.
- There are not only grounds for but
direct Biblical commands to not have
fellowship even with believers under
certain circumstances.
- Agreed, that children should attend
services, though few do it.
- If a believing sex offender is allowed
to attend church, he/she should be
closely monitored by the church
leaders.
- In response to a family member about
the issue of the fellowship command,
I mentioned that maybe the guilty
believer could listen to sermon audio
at home or arrange for one of the
pastors/teachers to have a service
with him at home on a rotating basis.
This case would surely/hopefully be
rare.
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News Item10/16/09 12:49 PM
Obedient parent  Find all comments by Obedient parent
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I'm glad Indian Hills has a separate program, and encourages parents not to have them fidgeting and making noise during the sermon. We already have too many adult vistors, etc. doing that!
So Paul should have written a separate letter to the Ephesians' children, rather than include his divinely-inspired instruction to them in the epistle he wrote to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus?

Apparently he knew they would be their hearing the same words the parents were hearing, rather than off in some segregated area for the convenience of those saints who found it difficult to tolerate the little ones. (Generally, those are the same adults who find it difficult to tolerate the other adults who annoy them, and wish they would stop coming also. Hardly a Christian attitude!)

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Eph. 6:1-4)

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News Item10/15/09 8:28 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I do think children should be taught to have patience, and an iron bottom.
Jim
I take it you don't think children are your own personal property to do with however you want to. But more along the lines they are truly a gift from God and parents are entrusted with a precious stewardship NOT dictatorship over them.
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News Item10/15/09 7:50 PM
j3 | I just got dropped off  Find all comments by j3
Jim Lincoln wrote:
...parents and others should have a right to drop into children's classes.

Oh Yes, by all means DO drop in after dropping off...

After all, this is the age of "dropping off". It is our RIGHT to drop off our children (as long as they have a cell phone, of course).

Say bye-bye to mommy and daddy...

bye!

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News Item10/15/09 2:45 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Michael is right, there was nothing wrong with that technique and parents and others should have a right to drop into children's classes.

Mary, if this "deacon" has done what you have said he should be turned into authorities, and is not then he should be turned into the church, q.v., Obediently Dealing with Disobedience gasp! Protestants are suppose to behave like the Romish Church, Hand of God.

I'm glad Indian Hills has a separate program, and encourages parents not to have them fidgeting and making noise during the sermon. We already have too many adult vistors, etc. doing that!

I Corinthians 13
11 When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. ---NASB

I do think children should be taught to have patience, and an iron bottom.

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News Item10/15/09 12:24 AM
Mary | Georgia  Contact via emailFind all comments by Mary
Unless background checks and registries are checked one may not be aware of an offender especially if it has not been reported to the authorities. The children should be monitored at all times. I know of one who is a multiple offender and has not served time nor been reported to the authorities and has become deacon at a church. I have often questioned myself. Should I say something to the church or trust he has converted? I believe church is a good place for sinners but where good is..evil is also present.
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News Item10/14/09 9:26 PM
j3  Find all comments by j3
Neil is right, the problem is in the splitting up of families at Church.

One-way glass, cameras, laws, and such are not the answer.

Children need to learn how to sit and listen to preaching, and parents need to start to handle their children.

What a odd day we live in. Imagine, grown-up men and women who can't subdue a little child, and children who cannot sit still for one hour.

It boggles the mind.

But I almost forgot what I learned in public School; that we are the smartest and most advanced generation the world has ever known.

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News Item10/14/09 4:24 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
A Local Church my family and I visited to see whether or not we had any real agreement or not with them (we didn't)...

Did have one thing that I believe was EXCELLENT

They had one way glass in all the children's class rooms and nursery so PARENTS and anyone else who was passing by could see what was going on both to not disturb the children but also to check up on those they were allowing to briefly care for their children without them being aware.

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News Item10/14/09 12:18 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
You do not need convicted felons around for there to be the risk of child abuse in churches, as experience has shown me on several occasions. It is very easier for unexposed sex abusers to deceive church officers, esp. since the latter are often very credulous (natural Pelagians?). Shut church nurseries down & leave infants & toddlers in the care of their legal guardians.

And age-segregation is unscriptural anyway, which is a better argument.

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News Item10/14/09 11:07 AM
Barry from KY | Northern KY  Find all comments by Barry from KY
If you do not accept those sinners who need Christ, the church building would be empty and you might as well lock the doors from the outside. We all fall short.
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News Item10/14/09 10:02 AM
Silofolous | USA  Find all comments by Silofolous
Of course they should be allowed in church, unless you want to omit drunkards, murderers, theives, and everyone else who sinned.

If you don't accept those who need Christ into your church, then you are not doing God's will (in my opinion)

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