Albert E. Farley

We were appalled recently to learn of two separate instances within the body of Christ in our area of men who were arrested for allegedly sexually molesting young children. There seems to be a national epidemic of sins being committed against the most innocent of all people our children. When Jesus sought to teach the true meaning of greatness, he called a little child and set him in the midst of his disciples. In using little children to illustrate true disciples, He said, "... whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 18:6.

Some would "hush-hush" such repulsive matters. This has been practiced far too long. When immorality was reported in the church at Corinth such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles Paul commanded them in the name of our Lord to deliver the guilty one to Satan in the public assembly! 1 Corinthians 5:1-5. Why does the church not address these matters? On another matter, Paul said of them, "I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?" 6:5. Dear brothers, investigation, decision, and action are the only means by which the guilty can be saved. We are commanded to judge them that are within and to put away from ourselves these wicked people. 5:13. Albert


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