Repost: Dealing with “issue Christians”

Ed Stetzer added a post worth reading. Every pastor has to wrestle with the fact that some Christians just don’t belong in some congregations. We like to see numbers, but numbers aren’t as important as vision.

The reality of life is that the people Stetzer calls “issue Christians” appear in the Scriptures. In fact, their presence is a sign of the end times. Paul describes them this way:

They will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3, 4 KJV)

And what does Paul say we should do with these people? Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. In other words, tell them to knock it off and get right, and if they do, help them grow up.

If not, don’t let them poison your congregation with their foolishness.

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