How to Destroy Your Church: Zip Your Lips
By Paula Marolewski
"All that is necessary for the triumph
of evil is that good men do nothing."
– Edmund Burke
If you really want to destroy your church quickly, here is the
number one rule: zip your lips when you see something wrong.
Got that? Don’t say anything. Don’t speak up. Don’t
voice your concerns. Don’t make waves.
Instead, when you see something wrong – when you observe
sin, when you become aware of division, when you discern that people
are dividing into camps, when you hear the whisper of rumor and
slander – keep your mouth shut. Just ignore everything and
pretend a) it will all go away on its own, or b) someone else will
deal with it. But you, just keep your lips zipped and mind your
Definitely don’t take seriously the words of Hebrews 5:14,
which command each and every individual to “have their senses
trained to discern good and evil.” And don’t read Galatians
6:1 where Paul states clearly “if anyone is caught in any
trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit
In fact, you should ignore the example of Paul entirely, since
he made a habit of confronting churches – from the person
in the pew to the leaders at the top – when they were stepping
off the narrow way. Oh – and don’t read the first three
chapters of Revelation, or you might find Jesus himself, the Alpha
and Omega, calling churches to task for condoning sin, being comfortable
in complacency, and putting their noses in the air with pride.
Just keep quiet and pretend that everything is okay.
Of course, if you see something wrong and you don’t want
your church to go down the tubes, then you’ll have to speak
up. It’s a dangerous course – you could offend the
people in power, you could find yourself on the bad end of a slander
campaign, and you could start some serious fire. But if the fire
is the Spirit of God, that’s a good thing: even if some people
get burned in the purifying process.
If you choose to go that dangerous route, then keep two words
foremost on your mind, in your heart, and on your lips: kindness
and truth. Proverbs 3:3 is the best advice on this topic ever written: “Do
not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Without kindness, truth is a harsh sword that cuts and kills.
We’ve all known people who spoke the truth without love – and
left only broken bodies in their wake. But without truth, kindness
is nothing more than a pat on the head and a platitude in the ear.
Kindness by itself doesn’t have the iron to effect real change.
But kindness and truth working together … that is where
transformation begins. When bold and humble saints of God are willing
to risk “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15),
then the Word of God is released to “pierce as far as the
division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow” and
will “judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews
4:12) … and love will gently call the sinner home.
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging and interactive adult Bible
studies for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday School
classes at Sink Your Roots. Studies
include such topics as Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will. The
site also offers free weekly Seedlings - “Little
thoughts that grow big results.”