Pedophiles: no church for you!

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston has a blunt message for people like his father who sexually abuse children: you’re not welcome.

The senior pastor, who confronted and stopped his father preaching but failed to report him to police, says his global Pentecostal church has zero tolerance for pedophiles.

“For a long, long time I’ve been extremely vocal that no convicted pedophile, nobody who’s made any kind of confession of inappropriate behaviour towards children, is welcome at Hillsong Church at all,” Mr Houston told the child abuse royal commission.

“On numerous occasions we’ve told people they can’t come to church.

“We’ve got a no tolerance policy on pedophiles because we have a massive children’s ministry, obviously, and young persons ministry, so we just don’t believe that it’s the right place for them to be.”

I have to admire the stance, but it kind of flies against the teaching of Jesus Christ.  The whole point of Christianity is for man not to stand in judgement of each other and to let the Lord forgive.   But that’s easier said than done in a church environment rife with the abuse of boys.  

Frank Houston was allowed to quietly resign but after the Australian organisation learned in 2000 of further abuse allegations involving six boys in New Zealand three decades earlier, Assemblies of God ministers were told his son had suspended his credentials.

Hillsong has now introduced a conflict of interest procedure after the commission found Brian Houston had a conflict in assuming responsibility for dealing with the 1999 allegation because he was both Assemblies of God in Australia national president and the son of the alleged perpetrator.

Mr Houston said new child protection policies and procedures have been rolled out across the whole church, including setting up a safe church office.

“We have been very, very supportive of the goal to make sure our church is as safe a church as it could possibly be.”

Australian Christian Churches national president Wayne Alcorn said the lessons of the royal commission have had a domino effect across Australia’s largest Pentecostal movement.

It now requires its more than 1000 autonomous affiliated churches adopt and adhere to child protection policies, as well as its pastors.

“It is no longer optional. There are minimum standards and we require them,” Mr Alcorn said.

So if you’re a pedo, don’t look for any sympathy from the Pentecostals.  You’ll need to get your share of Jesus somewhere else.


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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