I didn’t get the impression that Anikan Skywalker intentionally set out to become a bad guy…he just sort of veered that way by not paying attention.
I doubt that many church leaders who become abusive set out with the thought “I hope I can destroy a lot of lives”…I sort of think those patterns develop over time.
Peter is going to blast false leaders with both barrels in our study this Sunday – 2 Peter 2:12-22
Again, this is a tough passage to teach from. Matt made a comment a few weeks back about chapter two (you can read the comment here, at the bottom of my post) that really got me thinking about a different way to approach this text.
If we want to AVOID being an abusive church or abusive leaders – it would make sense that we would go the opposite direction from what Peter describes these false leaders to be like.
So…as you read this section about how these dudes are falsely representing the kingdom of God, apply the opposite pattern. I rightly represent the kingdom of God when I __________________.
I’d be interested in what you come up with.