The drama continues to unfold at our former church. I wrote earlier about a family who was asked to leave last summer and another post about some of the dynamics that have led up to this point. Recently, another family was asked to leave the church. Actually, only the husband was asked to leave, the wife and kids were welcome to stay. Yeah right!
This man's offense also was disagreeing with the teaching and the leadership. Because he has a reputation for being humble and spiritually solid, there have been many repercussions from his dismissal.
What I am seeing are people struggling with feelings of confusion because as they discern the false teaching and leadership, it is being labeled as rebellion. It is so sad because these are people who love the Lord and want to walk uprightly. They still believe they should submit to authority. Yet they are being caused to doubt their obedience, because they have questions.
Submission has become the litmus test for judging the condition of the members' hearts. Those who leave are accused of not being willing to submit to authority. This is painful, because among their peers, they then carry the stigma of being in sin and error, even though they've done nothing wrong.
"Are you submitted to the leadership?" asked pointedly, in a superior tone, with a sober expression and head cocked to the side, waiting to determine the outcome of your spiritual destiny. Hmmm.
It seems to me that this is the wrong question. But why? And what should they be asking instead?