This isn't a question, but a request. I need to formulate a convincing argument against the "If I don't take the responsibility to do it, nobody else will" philosophy of guilt-ridden church service. This is a pervasive scenario that is played out in many churches, especially those with small memberships of which 10% of the members do 90% of the work. I have some scriptures and ideas in mind but would appreciate some additional insight. Thanks for your help. Paul
I question whether you need to formulate a convincing argument ... unless maybe you're trying to convince yourself. Those who hold on to this desperate thinking merely need to see the reality of Christ; otherwise they will not be convinced - at least, not in a living way. You'd be amazed to realize how many heavy-duty convictions often seem to simply fade away in view of the wonder of knowing Christ as life!
Don't you think that it is possible if a person who is "guilted" to take on extra responsibilities in church service might actually be hindering God's efforts to work in the life of another believer? Because of their overextension in service they might have robbed God of an opportunity to move in the life of another believer to convict them of disobedience and bring to light the responsibility that they should take. What do you think, Jim? Paul
Hello again Paul,
Of course, even when believers are guilted into something, our Father is able to cause this to work out for their good. This doesn't make it okay for leaders to do such things but actually makes it evident that such leaders are motivated and motivating others by the flesh. But God is not hindered by the flesh ... for His grace is only made more obvious against this lifeless backdrop!!
I have a question though: Why do you think God is in the business of convicting believers of disobedience when, in fact, He only ministers grace and life to us in Christ ... because He has ALREADY made us slaves of obedience. Were you not aware of this? Somehow, we have misread the passage in John 16:7-11 so that we have assumed that this "conviction" is directed toward those rescued OUT of the world, instead of toward the unbelieving world itself. Check it out, and see what you think. :)