When You Should NOT Submit to a Church (leadership)…..


ENCOURAGE by cornelilioi

All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leader’s mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the members left behind, to serve non-Christian neighbors by not lending credibility to the church’s ministry.

How do you recognize abusive leadership? Paul requires two witnesses for a charge to be leveled against an elder (1 Tim 5:19), probably because he knows that leaders will be charged with infelicities more often than others, often unfairly. That said, abusive churches and Christian leaders characteristically

  • Make dogmatic prescriptions in places where Scripture is silent.

  • Rely on intelligence, humor, charm, guilt, emotions, or threats rather than on God’s Word and prayer. (Acts 6:4)

  • Play favorites.

  • Punish those who disagree.

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