Letter from a Pharisee

I am a leader doing the Lord’s work, and recently have run into an issue that I thought perhaps somebody could help me with. Perhaps this has even happened to you, so maybe you could offer some advice.

A young man began to really stir up trouble around my ministry. He seems like a nice guy, but he is really creating quite a disturbance. He has not been respecting the guidelines we have or our authority. He often comes into our meetings and teaches. But the things that he teaches really do not agree with sound doctrine or scripture. But the situation is very touchy because many people really like him.

What really scares me is some actually think he’s got some special anointing from God. He has gathered around him a small group of people who really enjoy listening to him. And if that’s not scary enough, when I and my fellow ministers confronted him, he came against us publicly. He made all kinds of wild accusations against us. He went so far as to call us everything from hypocrites to being blind guides and serpents.

Are you starting to get the picture? Are you seeing my concerns? This guy is dangerous. But I really don’t know what to do. He is dividing the people in the congregation, and coming against the work that we have given our lives to.

Don’t think that we’re wimps who are just letting this man run off with the flock. It’s just that I am running out of options. Me and the other leaders confronted him several times, but he doesn’t listen. He only comes back against us. He is un-teachable and unreasonable.

We reached the point recently that we finally had to tell people not to associate with him. Even then he still comes around. And if that’s not bad enough, last week during the service he started praying for somebody. Another time he completely came against the offering we were taking up. He made a huge to do about how we were going to spend the money. He just has no respect for doing things decently and in order.

What are we supposed to do? We’ve run the gamut from confrontation to forbidding people to associate with him and he still comes around; and draws people away; and disrupts our services. I am at such a loss.

I hate to go this route, but I’m wondering if it’s reached this point that we need to just have him arrested. Believe me I don’t want to go there, but I’ve never seen somebody who was so relentless.

I’m sorry I’ve forgotten to introduce myself. My name is Talmun. I’m a Pharisee. And the young man’s name is Jesus of Nazareth. Have you heard of him? Has he troubled your ministry lately?

 

Bob Humphrey, Loren Rosser, David E Fredrickson of Family Room Media

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