Over the past twenty four hours, I've had two pastor friends (from different states) tell me the same thing -- they're experiencing painful church fractures.
Both these guys are among the kindest and most loving men of God you'll ever meet. Yet, a few negative and narrow critics are trying to tear the work apart, threatening to leave, and badmouthing the leadership.
What is the terrible crime these pastors have committed??
Did they steal money from the coffers?? NO!!
Was there some kind of moral scandal?? NO!!
Are they neglecting the sick and hurting? NO!!
Are they guilty of prayerlessness? NO!!
Here's the reason my two dear ministry brethren are getting hammered: They have had the audacity to use new music and new methods to reach a new generation. (GASP!! God Forbid!!)
These guys are straight as an arrow in doctrine and in practice. They are respectful to those who hold differing opinions. They are not forcing anybody to do anything they don't want to do. (In both instances, the new music and methods are NOT happening at a time that directly effects those who are squawking.)
Yet, these faithful servants of God are being vilified as heretics. I think there's something terribly wrong with that scenario. I pray that God will give these dear pastors strength to endure the petty attacks, and to continue reaching out to the young people in their communities.
By the way, the situation would improve tremendously if the critics would stop running their pastors down, and start lifting them up in prayer. While they're at it, maybe they should throw in a prayer for the teenagers and the youth workers too.