A few days ago we were made aware of this update on the ABWE website:
For many, this is good news. The loyal friends and fans of ABWE will throw out three cheers and pat them on the back.
The reality is, however, this is simply more of the same. It simply says, “TRUST US. We’ve got this all under control.” They really believe that they do.
Because we have walked this road for over 2 decades (DECADES!), we have seen and heard this song and dance before. This time, we will not sit back and say, “Thank goodness!” No. This time we probe a little deeper, asking a few more pointed questions. And if ABWE is the NEW ABWE that they claim to be, they won’t mind answering. To begin with:
- Who (Specifically. By name.) are you accountable to?
- How can we believe that you have made ALL the proper authorities notified? You implied that you did that here and here before admitting that you didn’t here.
- What disciplinary action was taken? Did it look like this? Or, even worse, like this? Or, hopefully, like this?
- Do you have any responsibility to follow what civil law dictates or are you only bound by “where Scripture dictates”? In other words, were these child abusers, regardless of their age, employment status, or current place of residency, reported to local authorities?
In short, there is only one over-riding question: