Continuing from the previous post on the book Well-Intentioned Dragons.
Another positive aspect of this book is the sound and wise advice it offers. For instance:
- “Never let your enemy choose the battlefield” (p. 77).
- “If the church itself is not healthy, the place to start is by building a healthy board. Cohesiveness among the spiritual leaders of the congregation is a healthy core for healing the rest of the body and for fighting the infectious attitudes that spring up from time to time” (p. 95).
- “Consider the source. The first test is the motivation of the critics. Are they truly well-intentioned? Are they committed to ministry? Do they want the best for the church? Are they people of integrity? Are they self-aware enough to understand the issue and accept their share of the responsibility or blame?” (p. 109).
In my experiences, a test to see whether an individual(s) is genuinely “concerned” or “care” for church is whether a person(s) sticks around through the storm. Generally, the people that complain and gossip (in the pretense of “concern for the church” or “care about the church”) leave. Where are they during the prayer meetings? Where are they when we’re studying the book of Acts together? Where are they when the pastor is teaching the fundamentals of faith? And such actions speak volume. Apostle John wrote, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:19).
Stay tune for Part 3.