The PCA Child Abuse Statement: Watered Down and Polite Draft
Compare it to the first one…any rebuke of certain celebrities among the Reformed has disappeared.
This is the first draft…if they cut anymore they might as well forget it.
The Overtures Committee recommends the Assembly answer the Sloan Resolution by
(1) adopting the following statement, and (2) directing the Stated Clerk to distribute it to
Presbyteries and Sessions.
Statement on Child Sexual Abuse
WHEREAS our Lord Jesus said: “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such
belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14, ESV); and
WHEREAS the Lord Jesus, who possesses all power and authority in heaven and on earth,
taught and demonstrated in his humiliation, that power is rightly exercised to serve others,
protect the weak, and speak for the oppressed (Mark 10:42-45); and
WHEREAS a silent epidemic of child abuse exists in our culture wherein 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6
boys are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 2006), with 95% of victims being violated by someone they know and trust
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that we remind ourselves and our churches that Larger Catechism 129 and 130
make clear the responsibilities of “superiors” (e.g. church leaders) to love, care for, and protect
“inferiors” (e.g. children); and be it further
RESOLVED that we urge all church officers to take an active stance toward preventing and
rooting out child sexual abuse in the church by leading their churches to study, implement, and
maintain child protection policies; and be it further
RESOLVED that we exhort all church officers to use their power for the protection of our
children, by any and all godly means, including speaking boldly about the heinous sin of child
sexual abuse in our time; and be it finally
RESOLVED that the 41st General Assembly urge all members of the PCA to renew our
commitment to our Lord Jesus to love our children as he loves them, for to such belongs the
Kingdom of God (Mark 10:14).