Many of the evangelical leaders - ones I love and respect - are painting borders. Putting up fences. To them, it's their job to assess me. I'm either in or out, from their perspective. If I believe one way or have this or that problem, I'm either welcome or not. Sounds like a "clique" at least. "Cult" is a tough term to swallow. But a big chunk of evangelical christendom totters on the brink of apostasy. Sounds like Pharisees are taking over, doesn't it?
Questioning the practice of using "accountability partners", "addiction treatment" and certain software that reports activity to others and all sorts of other penitent contrivances. An open letter on the subversion of Grace. For Paul C. (2/23/16) 2 Cor. 12:8-9 “Prayed that it (a messenger of Satan) might depart from me.” And He said, “My Grace is … Continue reading On Accountability
Marriage -- just a thought -- expresses co-dependence. We frequently hear much commentary and advice against a co-dependent relationship. But we wonder: is some of our care, concern and discomfort appointed by God? Should I really seek my own comfort in isolation if my spouse is struggling? God says perhaps not. But only if God is … Continue reading Two are better than one, three better than that
In self-righteous condemning tones they say “Cut them loose, let them suffer in sin until they come to their senses,” “maybe they weren’t saved in the first place” and “don’t cast your pearls before swine.”
Really? That's the proper church treatment of wandering sheep?
Folks should be aware of the incredibly low success rates held by the D&A counseling profession. It's widely known that treatment, counseling and 12-step programs fail addicts about 65% of the time. Relapse is inevitable. Abstinence doesn't have to define success.
Is my numbness and pitiless perception of the homeless addict emblematic of my own addiction to self-satisfaction? Is condemnation helpful? Does incarceration work?
When treatment fails, what then?
Some of us live with people who struggle. Relapse, recover ... relapse. Recover. Will it ever "stick?" “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Mt. … Continue reading Wandering or Waiting?