After The Scandals: Why Nothing Will Change
Al Mohler has apologized for ignoring the cries of the abused.
James MacDonald got fired.
It sure looks like progress in the war to make “the church” a safe and holy place.
It’s all just whitewashing the manure pile.
The only actions the SBC will take will involve “disfellowshipping” certain churches after a barrage of complaints or convictions.
This simply means that they won’t be able to identify as being members of the SBC.
To do more would invoke legal liability for the actions of member pastors…and that is not going to happen.
James MacDonald will be back before you know it because he’s “such a good teacher”.
Until the main issue is addressed nothing will ever change.
The main issue is the model.
The Bible models the church as a family, American free market religion defines it as a business.
The Bible is concerned with each member as being a valuable part of the larger body, American free market religion is only concerned with one part of the body, that being asses in the seats.
Pastors perceive the church as people to be loved in the name of Christ, free market entrepreneurs view them as giving units…or maybe employees who pay in reverse.
People are disposable if you have replacements available.
Across denominational boundaries today this model reigns…in this model the “important people” are the ruling clergy, the congregation simply a means to an end.
That end is numerical and financial success.
Until the model is blown back to hell (where it came from), nothing will change.
Until the seats are empty and the cash dries up, nothing will change.
If you want to be “safe”, find an “unsuccessful” church led by an “unsuccessful” pastor who looks like he’s been dragged through the pit.
He’s just exhausted from real ministry and he will care for your soul.
There are many such churches and pastors out there…just look for the almost empty parking lots on your next Sunday morning drive to the successful church…