Misuse and abuse of pastoral authority is tragic and real. But slanderous false claims against pastors, that are unverified and yet still accepted as true, destroy the work of the Lord. The Church must grow in its discernment and application of the biblical to not only protect themselves from abusive pastors, but from slanderous wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Here was a group of men, a group very diverse in terms of age, background, personality, and gifting. And yet they worked well together, appreciated their differences, and even celebrated them. The one gifted in preaching would praise the one gifted in systems, who would praise the one gifted in wisdom, who would praise the one gifted in the biblical languages.
Church Planter Testimonies: Episode Three | “Matt Delaughter” Jonny Atkinson (communications director for the Immanuel Network) sits down with Network partner Matt Delaughter to discuss how the last few years have been church planting in New Orleans, LA.
Jay Haynes (Pastor at Waiehu Community Church of Waiehu, HI) preaches from Psalm 74.
The neighbor waved his gun in one hand and gripped Frank’s throat in the other, yelling into his face. Frank and his daughter kept their eyes on Patty, knowing that there was great danger in her fiery nature exploding on these neighbors. It had always been her personality to fight back even in response to small provocations, which here could lead to a dangerous escalation… and possibly to their deaths.
Aren’t Western missionaries oppressive colonists enforcing their culture upon another? Is there any standard by which to measure a missionaries work? Listen to Stacey, a missionary in Cameroon with her husband, reflect on these accusations with biblical truth.