Thursday, March 22, 2012

Behind Every Theological Crusader There’s Usually a Story

Trevin Wax has a great piece on TGC Blog called Behind Every Theological Crusader There’s Usually a Story. Here is an excerpt:

"How to Help: Return to Grace
Sometimes the crusader just wants to be heard. So let them tell their story. That said, debating the finer points of theology is not the way to go. Debating the strengths and weaknesses of the charismatic worship movement or the man-centered or God-centered nature of Calvinism or church growth isn’t the point. When someone’s been burned, they need a bandage, not an explanation of how the burning takes place.

Instead, it’s best to point them away from the bad examples of leadership they’ve seen to what’s good in the movement they crusade against. There is always a mixture of good and bad in every cycle that comes through church history. Every revival has its excesses. Every leader has shortcomings. Lower the level of idealism a bit. And then bring the conversation back around to grace......
Don’t try to persuade them to give up the crusade. It’s probably not going to work. And theological crusades can distract us from the mission God has called us to.

Instead, offer to pray with them. Listen to them. Learn from them. Give them guidance if they ask for it. And then challenge the crusader to channel that passion back toward the Great Commission.

Encourage them to not let their back story keep them from moving forward."

Great Words, Trevin! Wisdom, Grace and Truth -- to the Glory of God!

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