This is a really important one. I have followed this case since it was picked up on social media, later the mainstream media, followed it through court and now to this conclusion. This is a vital legal ruling for the cause of free speech.
Chris Green: ‘These threads are nine good traits which – when distorted – turn from vital spiritual lifelines into deadly spiritual nooses, and start to destroy the very Christians they are supposed to help grow. They lock us into our evangelical Stockholm syndrome.’
I occasionally get asked this too. But rather than listen to me, better to go to the Don – the Evangelical Pontiff of the blogosphere – Tim Challies. I basically co-sign this one.
‘Good, critical feedback on an agency’s activities should be absolutely central to any decision making by boards and leadership in the UK. Getting this feedback isn’t easy and it means much more than listening to the people who benefit from what you do. However, if local people are not helping set your agenda, then you are doing something very wrong.’
This is an important one on abuse in church and how we ought to respond to it.
‘I have heard it said by a Christian leader, “In every conflict there is always wrong on both sides.” Really? In every conflict? Always wrong on both sides? That sounds plausible in this world of universal sin. But it is wrong—and dangerously so. Covered by this slogan, real wrongs can lie undisturbed, unconfronted, unrelieved, which helps no one and further injures everyone involved.’
‘We want to support church-based ministries because God’s plan A is the church and he has no plan B. The early church sent out individuals to plant churches and appoint elders. Paul could consider his work completed in a certain region not because he had shared the gospel with everyone there but because he had planted churches in the region and they would continue that work. The New Testament knows nothing of individuals other than those sent by churches, working from or with churches, sharing the gospel and then planting other churches where there were none making Christ known.’