In order to combat this we need to speak truth to our hearts. We need to remind ourselves of the truth of Scripture. This is no less important in the area of evangelism. We need to debunk the myths that are too easily believed and cling instead to what God has said and done.
We should note that in all the Bible's words about reproof and rebuke and discipline, the Bible never says to "confess one another's sins."
When guilt persists, remember where Jesus is and where he's been.
The modern mind may well be adverse to authority and disinclined to trust the “sage on the stage.” Nonetheless, where there is no authority, there is no true preaching.
Jonathan Edwards saw God's grace as a tide of goodness.
"Most churches make the mistake of selecting as leaders the confident, the competent, and the successful."
Three practical tips to help pastors squash pride and cultivate humility
I believe obscurity is good for Kingdom laborers, particularly pastors, and most especially newly up and coming pastors.
The lack of certainty of a divine call to the ministry is one of the main reasons why approximately one-half of seminary students leave the ministry within 5 years after leaving the seminary. Without the assurance of God’s call on your life you will not make it in ministry. But while the ministry is a terrible vocation, it is a wonderful calling.
… or buying Twitter followers or gaming the analytics to inflate website stats, etc.
At least 5 things:
1. It's dishonest.
No, it's not illegal. But neither are lots of unethical, dishonest things. The asumption that people make when they see "Bestseller" labeled on a book or 600,000 followers on your Twitter page is that you came by those accomplishments the straightforward way: attracting…