Is “wolves in sheep’s clothing” now history?

"The Arrangement" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“The Arrangement” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Is it possible that the church is losing members at an alarming rate because it just doesn’t care anymore?

Is it conceivable that the church’s and its leaders unwillingness or even inability to adapt to the terrain or adjust to the climate amounts to a blatant neglect of its members?

Is it even plausible that the church’s obstinance and its leaders’ stubbornness is tantamount to sacrificing its people?

Is the church the victim or has it become the perpetrator?

Just questions.

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3 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    “Is it conceivable that the church’s and its leaders unwillingness or even inability to adapt to the terrain or adjust to the climate.” It’s a good question. Have leaders and congregants become so programmed by ecclesiastical tradition as to be sincere yet misguided in a way that makes Christian community and worship unattractive or even repulsive and not just to people outside of the church.

    I just has an “interesting” conversation on the personal blog of a leading evangelical leader here in Scotland. I shared of my journey. On commentator describing it as being “liberalised” and therefor likening it to being radicalised just as an ISIL terrorist. Another claiming that what I was practicing is “not” Christian and then playing the abuse card when challenged about that, saying “your abusive and vitriolic gibberish doesn’t deserve [a reply]… being enticed into pseudo and insidious Christian practices… I will not honour your journey when that journey includes a practice that I believe is dishonouring to God.” The owner of the blog commenting “thanks for your responses to Adam. I’m afraid that he won’t listen to you because everything is based upon what he feels at any particular time”.

    So, in conclusion my comments don’t deserve a reply, I’m a liberal terrorist, I’m dishonouring to God.and to top it all I’m an emotional fruitcake, apparently. Silly me for never before now being as at peace, content, grateful and OK with my relationship with Jesus then, I guess.

    Who would have known if I have not received that wise counsel?

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    Sorry that happened to you, Ducati.

    When people see the peace, love, and joy I have as a transsexual that follows Jesus, then the tighter their box, the louder they explode.

    When Jesus stayed with the Samaritans for 2 days, many Samaritans became believers in Jesus as ‘the Savior of the World’. [John 4]

    I have come to believe that it is highly unlikely that the Samaritans immediately adopted Jewish customs and norms.

    So it is to this day. Many mainline and Evangelical believers have their ‘jewish customs and norms’ – – it is their spiritual understanding plus outward observances.

    And then, they encounter an atheist filled with love and compassion, or a Buddhist who walks with Jesus as well as practices some aspects of Buddhism… or just a slightly different form of Christian believer… and they explode.

    God’s box is too big for them.

  3. Ducatihero says:

    I like what you say Caryn “the tighter the box the more they explode”.

    I am greatful for the grounding I got within evangelicalism, however something I often heard within was “we need to think outside of the box”. Though l found that it caused distress for that to happen, something put down to being unloving.

    I guess I took a risk in sharing what they weren’t ready to hear. It’s not as if I will stop talking with them but it’s taught me to be more guarded.

    So I suppose they will have me down as an emotional fruitcake now lol. That’s Ok, I have had worse. People who have been kind have called me prophetic, and unkind a troublemaker. Someone this week kindly called me a troublemaker :ar!