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Kentucky Juvenile Department Bans Biblical Counseling

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jul 28
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An ordained pastor’s volunteer credentials have been revoked by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for refusing to sign a statement promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality was “sinful.” The Liberty Counsel is now defending David Wells, arguing that the pastor should be able to explain what the Bible says about sexuality. 


According to the Liberty Counsel, Wells has visited and counseled inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for over 10 years. 


Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver said, “Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes. David Wells must be able to discuss what the Bible says about matters of sexuality with the juveniles he is trying to help. To remove the Bible from a pastor’s hands is like removing a scalpel from a surgeon’s hands. Without it, they cannot provide healing.”


The Liberty Counsel has sent a letter to the Commissioner, demanding that Wells’ credentials be reinstated by July 31. If the DJJ does not comply, the legal group will take further action. 



Publication date: July 28, 2015