A Ministry Today report says Baptists after watching the debacle of sexual crimes in the Catholic Church, took necessary measures to fortify the churches against sexual predators who are constantly looking for holes to gain access to children:
After watching the Catholic Church being rocked by repeated child sex abuse scandals over the past several years, the Southern Baptist Convention took a cue. Last year its publishing arm, LifeWay Christian Resources, began offering Baptist churches a discounted rate for screening services.
It’s a good thing LifeWay did, because after 450 churches responded and requested more than 5,000 background checks on potential children’s and youth workers, partner company BackgroundChecks.com found that almost 14 percent of workers screened had a criminal history. Of the 5,000-plus checks, 80 were cases involving serious felony offenses, while 600 of those potential helpers had some form of criminal record that would typically prohibit them from working with children or youth at a church.
“It is unfortunate that everyone must be checked out before they are given trust or confidence in their goodwill, especially when they are only trying to give back to the community through the giving of themselves to support a ministry,” said Matthew Robbins of BackgroundChecks.com. “But child protection statistics tell a gruesome story that needs to change.”
I wonder what’s preventing other denominations from taking simular common sense measures rather than relying on untested trust in church workers. Isnt the sexual purity of children worth protecting?