You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren't alone.” ― Jeanne McElvan link
So, TGC has been deleting comments regarding their support of a certain ministry that has a number of allegations of child sex abuse. Since it is obvious that the media played a major role in exposing child sex abuse in the RCC, I would like to think that the social media run by TGC would be the FIRST to expose child sex abuse allegations within their own tribe (Is that the word they like these days?)
So, I have decided to do it for them. Fellowship Bible Church of Brentwood TN, a proud member of The Gospel Coalition, is being sued due to their response to the rape of a 3 year old child by a volunteer teen in their youth program. This teen raped the child in a bathroom and pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery. So, this is not "he said/she said." It happened.
Here is the report from News Channel 5: Family Files Lawsuit After Sexual Assault of 3-Year-Old At Church. Please pay attention to the following points.
….The family didn’t find out about the situation until the next weekend. “Their son was saying he didn’t want to go back to church.”
…at first, the church denied that it happened, stating the child was making it up.
…. “the Church urged the (family) not to pursue criminal charges against the perpetrator.” The family later took the teenager to court where he pled guilty for aggravated sexual battery.
The lawsuit also alleges the church misled the parents of other toddlers and “sought to hide the truth about the perpetrator pedophile and about the rape of (the 3-year-old) from other families.”
Of course, the church had no comment. I wonder if TGC will comment or will they say it's all a lie and feature this church's pastors at a break out session at the next TGC convention?
Folks, it is time that the dudebros break ranks and start protecting the kids and kicking out churches which abuse children with as much vehemence as they use to mandate gender roles.
TWW commends the brave parents of this child. They are standing up against a church that they loved and which allegedly attempted to silence them in their time of need. Lawsuits are absolutely necessary so long as the church attempts to hide their sinful responses from the world.