Wow. I have a comment on here telling me that:
“sometimes the best thing that can happen to a church trying to move beyond the evangelical-cultural understanding of “bible-based” teaching and into a more meaningful expression of what it means to live the “with-God life” as a community – is to have people like you go somewhere else and critique some other pastor from your pedestal.”
I will say that if I were just about critique this comment would be fair. We are to respect those God has placed in leadership over us. I absolutely do love and respect my pastors. I grieve, grieve, grieve the fact that their focus is off the gospel lately. They (and I would say not all ) have begun to focus more on mission rather than on the gospel, on Christ. It’s not okay to take the foundations for granted. I am not just being critical. I’m not asking that we get rid of the screen at the front of the church during music time, I’m not asking for us to take communion more times a month or less, or asking for us to change every little thing. I am asking that my pastors do not bring another gospel or a different religion into Christianity. I do need to share my struggles and concerns with the church pastors. I should do this in love. I am not free of sin, free of pride. I am no one, only Christ is supreme, and is perfect. I have to walk humbly. I do believe though, that in this case, I am dealing thougthfully with my church. I have not intentionally written my pastors’ names here, not interested in tarnishing their reputations. I also believe what I am writing can be helpful to others, so I am sharing my thoughts here. I may sound critical, but I see that I am being like a Berean and taking what is said back to the Bible itself. Does it match up? Not all the time. That is what I’m taking to task. I thank my critic for the reminder, I need to tread boldly and carefully in love.