6/11/11 – Deal With Pride FIRST Before Judging – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 11th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6/11/11 – Deal With Pride FIRST Before Judging – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Part III in a series on judging rightly

Last week I ended with this statement: We must avoid being a “divisive man” who is proud, un-teachable, and eager to dispute. Some have asked for clarification on this point. Alexander Strauch’s book, If You Bite & Devour One Another, is one of the best I’ve read. Here is a lengthy, but powerful excerpt:
“During the past four decades, I have talked to many people who have left abusive churches that were led by harsh, extremist leaders. These believers are often confused as they sort through their experience in search of true faith. As we talk, I often ask what was so appealing about being a member of such an extreme sect and why they remained so long under the influence of an abusive leader. They invariably identify the heart of the problem as pride: pride in their superior understanding of doctrine, pride in their achievement of a higher spirituality, pride in being one of the few who were more enlightened. They say that before they left these churches, they would have preferred to die than to admit that they were wrong. Pride had blinded them to the truth that their church was missing many of the fruits of the Spirit such as genuine love for all believers and true humility of mind…
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6/11/11 (Early Release) – Deal With Pride FIRST Before Judging – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 9th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6/11/11 (Early Release) – Deal With Pride FIRST Before Judging – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Part III in a series on judging rightly

Last week I ended with this statement: We must avoid being a “divisive man” who is proud, un-teachable, and eager to dispute. Some have asked for clarification on this point. Alexander Strauch’s book, If You Bite & Devour One Another, is one of the best I’ve read. Here is a lengthy, but powerful excerpt:
“During the past four decades, I have talked to many people who have left abusive churches that were led by harsh, extremist leaders. These believers are often confused as they sort through their experience in search of true faith. As we talk, I often ask what was so appealing about being a member of such an extreme sect and why they remained so long under the influence of an abusive leader. They invariably identify the heart of the problem as pride: pride in their superior understanding of doctrine, pride in their achievement of a higher spirituality, pride in being one of the few who were more enlightened. They say that before they left these churches, they would have preferred to die than to admit that they were wrong. Pride had blinded them to the truth that their church was missing many of the fruits of the Spirit such as genuine love for all believers and true humility of mind…
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