I have to say this brief article causes me no small amount of anguish. I cannot imagine what both the man in question, the ordaining officiant, the congregation, the denomination (if any), and the surrounding community are feeling. Yes, the article provides some quips, but depth is required with such a report, not quips.
First and foremost, do all the “Christians” affiliated with the situation (including the surrounding community) truly believe:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
I am not saying this to be snarky. I have to admit, I say I believe it, and I experienced it. However, when it comes to my children, will I need something more? What would ever satisfy most parents that their child is safe? How does a church prevent a minister from being with children? It can’t, I think, and expect to be effective.
How does the church be redemptive in such a situation? Is it a no-win situation? Who will gamble their children?
I cannot question the guy and his faith. I can certainly question the wisdom of the elders of the church, the denomination, and the ordaining officiant. Were they oblivious?