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  1. I'm not going down any rabbit trails. The only reason I addressed the 'we're independent' response was to show it simply is illogical. IFB is a denomination according to the how word is interpreted and used in the English language. Could you please answer the question I posed: Sincerity says 'we need to keep our own house and clearly we haven't been; let's work together to root out the predators and heal those who are hurt'. Do you agree with that or not?
  2. The word “independent” appears to be used to refer to non-denominational. The term "denomination" historically and generally refers to Protestant churches which came together for the sake of "denominating" themselves from other Protestant churches. “Independent, fundamental, Baptist” churches ARE a denomination because it is a name applied ("denominated") to these churches. It has nothing to do with the form of church government. Each church is connected by a “Bible college” or a “camp”. That is a fact that cannot be dodged. I have seen it myself in several IFB churches in the various places I have lived. One must go back in time to see a pattern in any group to judge the roles, norms and values of said group. Group patterns are revealed over time. When patterns of abuse are repeated, one is forced to ask why and what steps can be used to reverse it. Which is what my question was to begin with. Sincerity says 'we need to keep our own house and clearly we haven't been; let's work together to root out the predators and heal those who are hurt'. Do you agree with that?
  3. You write: “They are basically bringing it up again because they want to ride the media wave, and distract from the real scandal happening in the catholic church.” That’s quite a serious charge. Do you have any evidence to substantiate this charge? Or is it merely conjecture? Finally, you do not give any solutions as to how to avoid these types of crimes from taking place. Does your particular church have any safeguards in place to prevent this type of abuse?
  4. You as well do not give any solutions as to how to avoid these types of crimes from taking place. Does your particular church have any safeguards in place to prevent this type of abuse?
  5. Actually only Pastor Young answered with direct reference to the article. One's view of what is or what is not 'independent is not what the article is about. I still await Pastor Young's answer.
  6. No, I am not a reporter. I'm not sure why asking legitimate questions is a 'fishing expedition'. Questions are healthy, it's how we learn and share opinions. The other 'answers' did not address the OP. One 'answer' simply linked the Way of Life article. I am interested in what you think. Not letting someone else think for you.
  7. Thank you for your answer. Sorry I haven’t been able to get back promptly given the holiday. You sound like a very wise and knowledgeable young pastor, and I would ask if you could elaborate for me. You say it’s ‘old news’, but I suspect much of which is revealed is not ‘old’ to the people involved. I read nothing of “mere hurt feelings’, I’m not sure what that is referring to. The number is under 200, however the number is growing with time. I saw nothing of ‘accusing 6000 IFB churches’ (first time I heard that number). I did see analysis of the underlying culture of said churches that makes it vulnerable to predators. You write: “They are basically bringing it up again because they want to ride the media wave, and distract from the real scandal happening in the catholic church.” That’s quite a serious charge. Do you have any evidence to substantiate this charge? Or is it merely conjecture? Finally, you do not give any solutions as to how to avoid these types of crimes from taking place. Does your particular church have any safeguards in place to prevent this type of abuse? Thanks so much, I appreciate your thoughtful answer.
  8. Opinions or thoughts on the Star-Telegram series from earlier this month on sexual abuse in IFB churches. Thanks!

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