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Church DIsagreementscomment (0)

July 25, 2013

Regarding disagreements with the pastor (“When I Disagree With My Pastor” by Bob Terry, July 28 issue of The Alabama Baptist) —  good article.

The average church member will only hear about a pastor/member disagreement. They won’t know whom to believe, so they usually believe the person they’ve known the longest.

Here is how to know to whom you should listen in a church disagreement. Answer a few questions: 1) Who is seeking restoration? 2) Who is working toward reconciliation? 3) Who is working to forgive? Who is being graceful, patient and refusing to malign others? Who is turning the other cheek?

Pray for your pastor, don’t prey on him. Go talk to the pastor if need be. Do not get involved in idle hearsay.

At the end of the day, the reputation of Christ and the congregation is more important than winning. Those who turn the other cheek are the ones who will hear one day, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Pastors make mistakes as do church members. The question is not always what has happened but rather will the situation be handled in a manner that glorifies God from Scripture?

Ron Ethridge  
Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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