Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Danger, Grace Staff, Danger (criticism continued)

Danger #4 – CRITICISM Continued

I began yesterday sharing 20 types of negative people that Mark Driscoll identified in a recent message I heard him give. Here are the rest of the 20 types:

Chain of Command Negatives – those who want to be on the top and have access to the top. They don’t obey or respect the chain of commands that are set-up

Little World Negatives – those who are scared of anyone who is outside of their boundaries (i.e., people who aren’t part of their denomination; people who didn’t graduate from the school they did; people who don’t read the books they read; people who don't preach like they preach)

Tradition Negatives – those who are opposed to any change at all

Unforgiving Negatives – those who even if you apologize, they keep old rocks to throw

Plank Speck Negatives – those who preach repentance but don’t practice it. They see everyone else’s sin but not their own. It’s always about someone else’s sin

Diotrephes (3 John 9) Negatives – those who always want to be first. They want to be known, honored and recognized

Distrust Negatives – those whose default is distrust. They see everyone as guilty until proven innocent. You have to work hard to gain their trust and even harder to keep it

Control Negatives – those who don’t understand the difference between control and influence. They do not understand that influence is more powerful than control. These are those who want to intimidate, cause fear, and threaten

Critic Negatives – those who are always nit-picking at something

Warrior Negatives – those who are always looking for a hill to die on

One Handed Negatives – In life and in ministry there are primary issues and secondary issues. These people either see every issue as a “do or die” primary issue or they see every issue as a “who cares” secondary issue

So, did any names come to mind? Don’t reply with a comment giving their name because they just might be reading this posting. Here’s the “take home” point, though, that I want to say to our staff. Don’t let critics consume you. Learn from them if there is something worthy to be taken. But in the end, never forget this…“You need to follow Your calling, not your critics!" If you don’t, your critics will eat you up and steal your joy in serving Jesus!

1 comment:

Corey said...

I concur with all of the points Brother Driscoll shares; yet, it leaves me intrigued and searching for what type(s) of "criticism" (rebuke may be a better word) are warranted by Scripture (possibly resulting in Biblical church discipline)?

May your ministry revere the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we, as adopted children of God, fulfill His Will in this world through worship of and obedient service to Him...

Blessings to you, brother!


1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.