Reaching out to a registered sex offender
Denny Burk writes on his blog:
My good friend John Thweatt is a pastor in Pell City, Alabama. He recently wrote about his decision to reach out to a registered sex-offender who had moved into his neighborhood. He writes.
Either the Gospel is the “power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” or it isn’t. If I truly believed that the Gospel could not change anyone…if I truly believed that a living person sinned themselves beyond the reach of God then I would have to stop preaching. I believe in the power of the Gospel and I believe God can change anyone. If I believe that then I must also live that.
… At FBC we are going to welcome anyone who wants to come to hear the Gospel preached. We want anyone to come to hear the Word preached and to sing and worship with us. We want anyone to come and attend our Small Groups and to hear the Word taught. We want anyone and everyone to come because we know the Great Physician is here for the sick and the needy. That doesn’t mean certain sins will not have consequences.
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I believe with all my heart that many sex offenders are receptive to and transformed by the mercy and grace of God. We started three years ago, totally by the leadership of the Holy Spirit to reach out to sex offenders. We actually lost some people in our congregation but we gained some of the most genuine, dedicated, appreciative members of our congregation. We now have four sex offenders who are in various stages of the restoration process. They are all under covenant with our church leaders and are monitored carefully while in our building (something we do to protect them from false accusations as much as anything else). It has been amazing to see God rescue them from the dark place they were in before. They are loved by our church family and we are thankful they are a part of our local fellowship.