Taken from Ray Simpsons book ‘Church of the Isles’ which can be downloaded here http://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/public_html/downloads/Church%20of%20the%20Isles%202003.pdf
Twenty Things That Make Good People Angry with the Church
Lack of humanity
Lack of integrity
Lack of spiritual depth
Lack of a generous spirit
Lack of tolerance of people who differ from them
Lack of forgiveness
Lack of imagination
Lack of awareness
Misuse of power
Engendering of false guilt
Mistreatment of the earth
Belittling of sexuality
Neglect of key life moments
Misrepresentation of the nature of salvation
Misrepresentation of the nature of sin
Misrepresentation of heaven, hell and the other world
Wordy, preachy church services
Pressurised mission approaches
Abuse of power
how many do you recognise from churches you’ve been part of? how are the Churches you’re involved in dealing with these charges?
5 thoughts on “Twenty things….”
Duttyo – I guess the clearest thing to do is to bring people in on the closely guarded secret. What is it really all about?
But then you know me…. never really cared for this list of attainable. Never seen them as desirables. Have always tried to treat them as smashable.
Don’t see anything wrong with any of them, they all represent exactly who God is !!!! LOL BE the change you want to see!
you’re right it isn’t new
the book it’s taken from is already 10 years old. The second question of what are we doing about it? is the one i’m most interested in seeing answers to
Unfortunately this isn’t new. It isn’t something that “the church” (another faceless ‘they’) is able to hear no matter how often it is stated in a variety of contexts by different groups of people.
Need some joined up thining that connects our communities with our theology!