For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12

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Many sectors of our nation have justifiably expressed indignation at the shocking allegations leveled against rogue pastors. These have included rape, assault, and attempted murder. Other pastors have been recorded feeding dog meat, snakes, grass, or spraying insecticide on congregants. Many are accused of manipulating their flock into giving away large sums of money.

At the centre of the issue is the CRL Rights Commission, created by the State to protect ‘the rights of cultural, religious, and linguistic communities.’ After investigating abuses within some churches, the Commission began calling for what it terms a self-regulatory body, authorised by the State but made up of church leaders. Is this an appropriate response, and how should the church respond? 

 

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