The CC Split: Commentary
First, it obviously affects the pastor who is simply trying to feed the sheep God gave him without the drama created by well heeled tyrants fighting over territory.
They are being asked to make choices that will affect them and their congregations with the barest of information to base such a choice on.
Second, it affects those congregants who are totally in the dark except for wildly conflicting reports on the internet and whatever info the pastor gives them.
They are being fed online accusations and rumors that they have little ability to parse and the Gospel is buried under the mess they didn’t create.
They are repeating what they’ve heard and are being led to sin through slander and division.
They want to be on the side of God…but who knows what side that is?
Third, the overseas missionaries who will also be forced to choose…even if their support comes from both sides of the split.
They may have to make decisions that cut their support in half (or more)…and make staying where they are untenable.
While conferences are basically pastoral vacations in the States, they are life lines to missionaries overseas… which ones can they now attend without recrimination?
In any war, there are always victims considered “collateral damage”…and that’s what these groups are facing.
It amazes me that with all the scandal we’ve reported over the years…coverups of abuse, pastors picking up hookers, illegal and unethical financial matters, and so much more…that what will cause a split is one leader (without any reported moral stain) thinking it best not to teach verse by verse through Leviticus on Sunday morning.
As is to be expected, some folks are saying unkind things about yours truly.
I stand by my reporting, I stand on my record, and my conscience is clean before God that I have done my best to report both accurately and fairly.
As my health allows, I will continue to do so.