The fact that you go to church and share with another group of people who are christians too doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of your children or you don’t have to pay attention to your child’s uncommon behaviour. Believe it or not, there are some people(truly christians) who go to church to seek God’s presence, but there is a possibility that some others go to church to find the way to cause harm. That’s why parents must be alert.
‘The devil is smart,’ says, Jimmy Hinton, minister working to protect churches from child predators.
Hinton with no fear told the story that needed to be said; It was about his preacher father, John Hint, was a longtime child molester who had sexually abused young girls and escaped discovery for decades. The younger Hinton reported his father to police, and John Hinton is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
Hinton is a certification specialist with the advocacy organization GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). He cites frequent private messages he receives “from survivors who were either not believed by their church leaders or, worse, were humiliated, shamed and blamed for the abuse.
“These survivors are desperate to know that not all church leaders protect abusers,” Hinton told The Christian Chronicle. “Because they know my story, I think they feel safe to share their stories. Many of them are left confused because of how the church responded to their abuse, and some have a distorted view of God. #ChurchToo has empowered survivors to stand up to the churches that keep attempting to silence them.”
“We assume that the church is safe, that nobody could fathom abusing a child if they are a Christian. Child predators know this and take advantage of this false assumption.” Said Hinton, minister for the Somerset Church of Christ and co-founder of the nonprofit Church Protect Inc.
In an interview with the Chronicle, Hinton discussed social media advocacy, the sexual abuse problem, the Larry Nassar case and steps churches can take to prevent abuse.
Jimmy Hinton in session #4… Child safety and awareness of predators.
Posted by Andrew Hill on Saturday, January 27, 2018