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A Cancer Within Evangelical Christianity

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Thoughts?

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"There is a serious problem within protestant evangelical Christianity. We love right preaching and teaching more than we love right living. We love power and authority more than sacrifice and submission. We love honor over humility...."

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"Leaders of the church are to be representatives of Jesus, individuals set apart to be under-shepherds. They are to care for the flock. And what do we need? We need teaching, encouragement, comfort, and rebuke in their proper times and measures. But most of all we need our leaders to be images/examples of our true Shepherd.

"Quite simply, the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11) and who feeds, carries, and gently leads (Isa 40:11). Of course this is a picture of a powerful leader. Only one with power who knows right and wrong can choose to sacrifice rights and become smaller for the purpose of care of the most vulnerable.

"But we have a pattern of enabling self-promoting leaders of the flock. These want to be listened to, respected and followed for their own sake. Sure, they may speak of the Gospel of grace, but how do live it? ..."

https://philipmonroe.com/2017/01/16/a-cancer-within-evangelical-christianity/

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I absolutely love my brothers, elders and pastors in my little church. They are shepherds who are accountable to Christ in every way from home to preaching the meat we are so hungry for in His word, we are so blessed.

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"We love right preaching and teaching more than we love right living."

Ok, so then he goes on to TEACH us what RIGHT LIVING is.

I guess I don't get these types of tongue lashings.

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2 hours ago, nebula said:

"There is a serious problem within protestant evangelical Christianity. We love right preaching and teaching more than we love right living. We love power and authority more than sacrifice and submission. We love honor over humility...."

I think I disagree. I say I think because I am not real sure what you are talking about. But as far as I know. I am not see what you are talking about in the church I attend. While I guess what you say can be true of some Christians, it is wrong to make a general statement about Christians as a whole. 

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I have to state that I have ever not suffered under any church like that.

So I too have no idea what  makes one think there is such a problem.

 

Guess I'll just praise my Lord and the Holy Spirit for leading me to  local bodies of Christ Jesus where the saints have been  humble bond-servants, giving to each other, and pretty fine prayer warriors too.

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4 hours ago, nebula said:

Thoughts?

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"There is a serious problem within protestant evangelical Christianity. We love right preaching and teaching more than we love right living. We love power and authority more than sacrifice and submission. We love honor over humility...."

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"Leaders of the church are to be representatives of Jesus, individuals set apart to be under-shepherds. They are to care for the flock. And what do we need? We need teaching, encouragement, comfort, and rebuke in their proper times and measures. But most of all we need our leaders to be images/examples of our true Shepherd.

"Quite simply, the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11) and who feeds, carries, and gently leads (Isa 40:11). Of course this is a picture of a powerful leader. Only one with power who knows right and wrong can choose to sacrifice rights and become smaller for the purpose of care of the most vulnerable.

"But we have a pattern of enabling self-promoting leaders of the flock. These want to be listened to, respected and followed for their own sake. Sure, they may speak of the Gospel of grace, but how do live it? ..."

https://philipmonroe.com/2017/01/16/a-cancer-within-evangelical-christianity/

My thoughts...

Bleeding Deacons

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