Discussion question on The Silent War in the Church Addendum A “A Pastor’s Authority” by Ray Stedman

How are church leaders to be different from leaders in worldly organizations?

My answer to question #1 “A Pastor’s authority”

The ultimate authority in the church is not men, but Jesus.  “The task of the elders is not to run the church themselves, but to determine how the Lord in their midst wishes to run his church.”  The church leaders’ purpose is to lead the church in finding God’s will and seeking to do it.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Addendum A “A Pastor’s Authority” by Ray Stedman

What do you think of this statement by Ray Stedman?  “The ability of a servant to influence anyone does not lie in ordering someone around, but by obtaining their voluntary consent.  This is the nature  of all authority among Christians, even that of the Lord Himself!  He does not force our obedience, but obtains it by love.”

Discussion question on The Silent War in the Church “The Onlys”

What is often behind divisions in the church due to “The Onlys”?

My answer to discussion question on “The Onlys”

If there are disagreements over an area or areas where authentic Christians can disagree, an arrogant attitude that demands “only” my view is acceptable in the church can lead to unnecessary divisions in the church.  Instead of allowing Christians to freely come to their own conclusions on disputable matters, others are forced to come to “only” our conclusions.  We are, then, demanding uniformity and not any diversity in Christ’s church.  It is also disputable as to where we draw the line over what should cause divisions and what should only cause disagreements.

Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Conclusion

Why, ultimately, is there a silent war in the church?

My answer to discussion question #1 Conclusion

There is a silent war in the church, ultimately, because every Christian is in a war with Satan and his evil spirits.  They are real, whether we want to believe it or not.  A significant part of their malignant strategy is to spread their cancer in the Body of Christ.  Division in the church and in churches trumpets to us that their strategy has been successful.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Conclusion

How can we be victorious against our enemy who can use us to attack our fellow Christians and use our fellow Christians to attack us?

My answer to discussion question #2 Conclusion

To be victorious in the silent war in the church, we must grow spiritually until we no longer respond to each other in a fleshly way.  Instead, we need to be committed to respond to each other in the power of the Spirit so that we will continually genuinely love each other and be united in spirit.  Also, we need to be ever mindful that there will always be opposition, for Satan and those who are empowered by him will always hate us and hate what we are doing                      (I Peter 4:12-13)