It means a lot to me that many people who have been hurt by churches have shared their support of my writing. At the same time, it bugs the hell out of me to be labelled by certain opponents as some cynical jaded victim. I assume that the intention of these opponents is to discredit the content of what I write by writing me off as some loony who is lashing out because he got hurt. Here’s the thing, even if that was the person that I am, it has no bearing on the validity of my claims.
Here’s the deal. The hurt that so many people feel when they are cast out or cast aside or rejected or oppressed by religious leaders in the church, is all just symptomatic of a very big problem. The false structures that are set up in the church all work toward promoting the authority of human leaders. This raising up of human authority in the church ruins everything. It is contrary to everything that Christ intends to see in his church.
- It contradicts the authority of the church’s only true head, Jesus.
- It contradicts the goal of growth for all believers.
- It contradicts the embracing of the hurt and downtrodden.
- It contradicts the call of all believers to minister to each other.
- It contradicts the natural relationship between God and man.
- It contradicts the freedom of the believer in Christ.
- It contradicts the priesthood of all believers.
- It contradicts the connection that God has created between himself and his people.
- It contradicts the true value of the cross.
These are just some of the very detrimental characteristics of the modern church system. Man has always sought to have authority over his fellow man. Christ tells us that if we desire to lead we must serve. We must submit to the least, to the lowest, to the weakest. Everything Christ told us that leadership looked like, is contradicted by the human authority in the church. By contradicting Christ’s call to leaders the church damages people and damages God’s reputation among humanity. These are not things to be taken lightly.