Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The Devil's Emissary
Webster defines emissary as:
Yesterday, a retired pastor was telling me about how he believes every church has a Devil's Emissary; an unregenerate member of the church sent there to cause problems, dissensions, and grief. He told me, that while it would be wildly unpopular, the best thing to do, since they are unregenerate, would be to ask the congregation to look around, identify the Devil's Emissary, and tell them to leave the church!
He said that tongue-in-cheek, but I think he was wishing he would have/could have done that in the churches he pastored.
He said that the church probably already knows who it is, yet continues to allow them to function as that source of contention for fear of hurting their feelings.
He said, that while it would be painful, in the long run, it could be the best thing that could happen in the life of a church.
What do you think?