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THEY WHO HURT OUR CHILDREN

26 Jun

By Terry Loving

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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There was a time when we had to shelter our little girls. And now, no child – male or female – is safe from sexual predators – in and out of the church.

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The following question from a news commenter concerning Eddie Long prompted this post:

“Why are our children harmed by those whom we teach them to trust?”

It is no secret that children are sinned against more by someone they know personally – mother, father, step-daddy, siblings, uncles, aunts, grand-dads, friends, clergy, teachers, etc. Looking back, my own mother had whatever flaw that allows a mother to trust just any one around her children. She was forever introducing strangers as grafted in family members – “This is your brother.” “Meet your new uncle.” “This is your new step-daddy.” In the case of her boyfriends – the step-daddies – we had to respect them, and do what they told us to do.

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 Kids are not stupid! They know when an adult does not like them. However, it is more difficult for young minds to discern between real and fake love. Child sexual predators are great imposters that know all the evil tricks to lure children into their den of iniquity. Children are born with the capacity to love, and the need for love and acceptance. They are trusting, kind, and they see the world with innocent hearts. Until proven wrong, they think that every grownup is nice, and kind to them. It makes them feel special when they are acknowledged by adults, even if they are strangers.

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 With that said, our children are “harmed by those whom we teach them to trust” because we teach them to trust without judgment. We teach them to trust the wrong people. We teach them that they must respect all adults – without explaining that there are some adults that are not worthy of respect. We teach them to be kind to everyone – without teaching them to recognize ungodly behaviors. We teach them that they must speak when spoken to – and contradict by telling them not to “talk to strangers.” We teach them that just because mommy loves a man, they have to love him too. We teach them many times unwittingly that certain people are above sin – clergy – grannie – grand-dad – and I am sure you get my drift by now.

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 Further, because we do not want to overwhelm them with the reality of a fallen world, we shield them, and allow them to be children for as long as they can – un-interrupted. Well, at least the good parents operate in this manner. I agree that children should not be burdened with the sins that adults commit on a daily basis. However, it is wise to take extra precautions to make sure our children are around “safe” people.

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You know, the Bible doesn’t say these things for nothing:

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
“Beware of your neighbors. Don’t trust your relatives. Every relative cheats. Every neighbor goes around slandering.

Proverbs 26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.

Proverbs 26:25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Stop trusting people. Their life is in their nostrils. How can they be worth anything?

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Do not trust influential people, mortals who cannot help you.

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The scandal that recently rocked New Birth Church should serve as a reminder to parents to keep a sharper eye on their children. Even before this atrocity, the Catholic Church and many other religious leaders warned us by their actions that our precious children are prey to sexual predators. Too often we let our guards down because one possesses power and position. Let us never forget that these people are mere humans, subject to sin – and should not be excused – especially when they steal the innocence from a child’s heart. It is a very sick, evil, demonic mind that has sex with a child, or molests them in any way.

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 Another commenter stated, “What mother allows her child to go out of the country with other men that she knows only through the church. I was always taught, where my children go, I go.” She was referring to the four young males that were sexual victims of Eddie Long. Only the mothers know their reasoning for allowing the trips, but we can certainly learn from this situation. Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” is trustworthy. Therefore, as parents we should listen to God, and heed His warnings. He made us, so He surely ought to know what we are capable of.

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 There is one more post I would like to share with you:

“And not just travel, but as a parent, why were you not talking to them or noticing anything odd, strange or unusual about their personality after being around peers/friends/cohorts/adults/mentors or any one with any influence over them.  People often told my parents that they (my parents) “sheltered” but they always commented back, “Sheltered-Nope…Selective-YES.’”

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I paid the price for my mother’s blind trust. Don’t let this happen to your children.

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The Connection Between Batterers and Child Sexual Abuse Perpetrators
By Lundy Bancroft

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Police: US man decapitated disabled son, 7

“Silverii said the motive was unclear, though Wright told police “that he’d gotten to the point where he was tired of taking care” of the boy, who had cerebral palsy and heart problems, needed a feeding tube, had limited speech and was in a wheelchair.”

“He said when he put his head out by the side of the road it was so the mother would see it when she came by,” Silverii said. He said Wright’s only explanation for doing so was “just that he wanted her to feel stupid when she saw the head.”

“Lirette, 27, told The Daily Comet of Thibodaux that she and Wright had been together for 10 years, but that she had planned for some time to leave him.”

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(Video) “Don’t spare the rod” – when parents kill children in the name of God

parents beat adoptive 7 yr old daughter to death in the name of God

Ungodly Discipline: when God is used as an excuse to abuse, control and murder children”

“She was only 7 years old, lying on a cold slab at the morgue, with welts, bruises, deep cuts all over her tiny body, inside and out. She had been beaten to death on February 13. Not by a stranger, pedophile or serial killer who abducted her but by her parents. Disciplined to death in the name of God.

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Street GRACE: Help End Childhood Sexual Exploitation

The Candy Shop Trailer from Whitestone Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

Film Description

The Candy Shop is a thirty minute film about child sex trafficking. The story is as follows: Jimmy Balcom’s new job selling newspapers is a God-send to a kid working hard to help his family survive during the depression. But then Jimmy figures out what’s happening in the candy shop across the street.  And he is confronted with a choice that no twelve-year-old should ever have to face. Giving his family a better life, or keeping his soul. Doug Jones stars as the Candy Shop owner in this original film from director Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures in conjunction with the Doorpost Film Project.

This film is being made for the Doorpost Film Project, and with support from 12Stone® Church and Street Grace. The film is a Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic that has overrun our city of Atlanta. We are using the film to not only raise awareness but provoke meaningful action towards this issue taking place in our own backyard.

This plague has gone on for too long, and now we at Whitestone, in cooperation with Doorpost, 12Stone® Church and StreetGrace want to put a stop to it.

This film represents the spearhead of a citywide and possibly a nationwide campaign.
It is not a documentary. It is not a PSA. It is the beginning of a movement.

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Atlanta struggles to fight child prostitution

“In the city of Atlanta, girls as young as 9 years old are being sold for sex, according to interviews with the girls themselves and the women who try to help them.”

“Pimps shower them with gifts, lure them away from their families, and then force them to have sex with strangers, often men old enough to be their father, for just $10 a trick.”

“You can only sell a dime bag once; you can sell a 10-year-old girl over and over again,” Baker said.”

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“Numbers” – Child Exploitation & Sex Trafficking PSA from Ron Dawson on Vimeo.

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Shattering the Silence: Portrait of a Pedophile-Does Sandusky fit the profile?

“Men and women who prey on children sexually do not look scary. They are not the big, bad wolf or ugly stranger slinking or lurking through your neighborhood. They do not stand out for they have mastered the ability to blend in perfectly.”

“Most times, they are friendly, sweet, endearing, kind. How else could they gain your children’s trust? Your trust? They love being around children and the very smart ones know how to have access to children without drawing suspicion. What better place to hide in ‘broad daylight’ while satisfying their deviant, debased appetites than work where there is an abundant supply of children?”

“It is no accident that the Catholic Church has an epidemic of pedophiles. It is no accident that a popular Atlanta pastor was accused of sex abuse by 4 young men who were subsequently paid millions to go away quietly and never speak of those allegations again.”

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Penn State Sex Abuse: latest accuser allegedly Sandusky 5 yr old grandson

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Ohio man accused of prostituting adopted boy

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They Who Hurt Our Children Will Pay!

GIRL-ABUSE-HURTSClick on picture to see more embroidered patches

 

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.”

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