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Too many people are bullied out of church. Spiritual bullies impose their tastes on others, demanding that everything in the church be acceptable to them. Bullies often use coercion and deception. Spiritual bullies are selective in their approach to Scripture, ignoring some of God's obvious commands. In pursuit of purity and power, they sacrifice love, tact, balance, and vision.
We cannot allow the elbows in Christ's body to determine our direction. When they do we become sharp, hard, and reactive. We also cannot affort to indulge all the whims of demanding older children, however influential they are. Such indulgence, frankly, keeps small churches small and large churches sterile. Standing up against spiritual bullying requires discernment and gracious tenacity. "Speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians chapter 4) means living the tough love of Jesus.
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