How Should the Church Respond to the Josh Duggar Scandal?

Episode 702 Show Notes 

From the Show

One of the things that you see in situations like Josh Duggar’s is that, often times, we assume abusers are people we can easily spot—the person off the street who looks funny, who doesn’t have any teeth, and creeps people out. But a lot of research shows that in cases of abuse, even in the church, comes from those who you wouldn’t have expected. If we don’t have safety protocols as congregations these kinds of things will continue to happen. It is very important for church leaders to talk about this, to be transparent about it, and to build structures into our church to train people to identify the markers of abuse.

–Adriel Sanchez

How Should the Church Respond to the Josh Duggar Scandal?

Questions in this Episode

  1. We were talking with a Catholic couple who said that Eve was Adam’s second wife. They say that this is taught in the Talmud and in Isaiah 34:14. Can you explain why we do not accept this teaching or hold to the Talmud?
  2. In the Old Testament, it says that God hates the wicked. So, does this mean that God hated us before we were saved?
  3. What happened to the aquatic animals during the time of Noah’s ark?
  4. Why do people think that doing good works mean you’re saved, and why do people think that they are saved if they are baptized or say the sinner’s prayer?
  5. How do Christians lead family members and coworkers to Christ?
  6. With the recent news regarding the arrest of Josh Duggar, I do not understand how and why churches are able to have these kinds of predators in their midst. Why do these kinds of stories and scandals keep coming out? Shouldn’t churches be difficult places for these kinds of figures to hide instead of easy ones?

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Resources

WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GOSPEL?

GRACE – Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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