Then come back and
Heinrich does it again.
They’re certainly practicing what they’re preaching.
Intriguingly, one of the first articles that popped into my head was this:
I often complain of excessive censoriousness in the blogosphere and faultfinding at church, but it seems like these guys who con widows to buy his and her jet planes should be fair game. There’s a difference between exposing wolves (“snakes” was Jesus word, after all) and cursing brothers. More on cursing in days to come!
Maybe it’s because I came from a different background, but I feel we need to scrutinize church leaders. My two older brothers started going to a “charismatic” church when they were born again. They later found out the pastor was a dirty crook cooking the books, and my brother was the one to call him out. He was villified by the pastor and some of the church elders, but he had the proof. Although, the church can’t die since it’s a “gateway” church for evangelicals coming from Poland, so they continually get new members.
My message to the thin-skinned in general, and church leaders in particular, get used to criticism and learn to welcome it.
I would like to add another comment about criticism. When I was in the military, we would criticize each other like no other. When we saw someone doing something half-assed or had a suggestion for someone to do something, we did that immediately. Not only was this casual, but it was a required part of our training. We had a specific time in our training called AAR’s (After Action Reviews) to criticize everyone including our commanders. This was completely open and our Company rewarded the biggest blunders with the infamous Dog Bone Award. I almost won that award for stealing cake from the Colonel and trying to clear a building by running in by myself armed with only an anti-tank missle. Great memories…
The military needs this kind of openness primarily because its secondary mission is to minimize casualties. The Church’s business deals with people’s eternal lives. Maybe there’s something to learn from a grunt.
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