Navigating Church Trauma With Kindness and Grace
Series 01 Straight Truth Podcast
In the latest episode of the Straight Truth podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot address the painful topic of mistreatment within the church. They recognize that believers, while transformed by Christ, still exist in a world marked by pain and imperfection, including within church communities. Dr. Caldwell emphasizes that while hurtful experiences are real and shouldn't be minimized, there's a tendency for people today to be overly sensitive to their own injuries, sometimes exaggerating wrongs. He stresses the importance of understanding the fleeting nature of life and relying on God's strength to navigate adversity. For those seeking a new church after experiencing harm, he advises seeking doctrinally faithful institutions with qualified leaders, while also setting realistic expectations. True healing in any church community requires addressing sins through confession, repentance, and forgiveness, constantly extending and receiving grace from one another. Even in well-meaning churches, challenges will arise, but they should be handled in alignment with both legal standards and New Testament teachings.
|Aug 24, 2023