Slapping the church

This post is a response to some comments that were made concerning my post “Collateral Damage”.  The issue of speaking against the church, with all of its faults and misapplication of scripture was brought up.  Should we support what the church does by not speaking out against their scriptural misconduct?  Or should we be critical of the church where it crosses with scripture?  Is it just criticism or is it called accountability.

Paul speaking to the Corinthian church talks about how they as a church put up with being slapped in the face.  Many will not be familiar with this scripture nor understand Paul’s response.  But believe it or not this has to do with our topic.  But before I get into this, ask yourself one question.  Do you think Paul has the correct perspective on the church?

You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!  In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.[1]

Paul is telling the Corinthian church that they put up with abuses.  He even uses sarcasm, something many in the church believe is not fitting for the believer.  He says they are so wise to put up with this abuse.  They put up with those who wish to enslave them or exploit them or take advantage of them.  Sounds like a people who hold nobody accountable for the misapplication of scripture and the abuses that follow it.  This was my point of “Collateral Damage”.

Should the people of this day have put up with this, like they did, or should someone have said enough is enough?  Would it be appropriate to expose these exploiters and call those on the carpet that enslave men to bad teachings?  Or does this not have a place in the church?

Paul treats this abuse as offensive as someone walking up and slapping us in the face.  So how much slapping should we put up with from the manipulators and control freaks of the organized church?  Should we never question when they slap us in the face with their continual abuse of the body?

Paul says these Corinthians were so wise for putting up with those who take advantage of them, but he himself was too foolish for such wisdom.  He says he is to week to put up with those who abuse the church.

To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! What anyone else dares to boast about–I am speaking as a fool–I also dare to boast about.[2]

There is a contrast that Paul makes.  Those who put up with abuses are the wise ones and he who can not sit by and watch is the fool.  Those who are strong put up with the Collateral Damage, but he is too weak for that.

So are we following Paul as he follows Christ when we are so wise to put up with unbiblical doctrine and manipulation of the members to perform acts of service to the church?  Or do we follow Paul as he follows Christ when we say stupid is as stupid does?  And I am too stupid to put up with that!


[1] 2 Corinthians 11:19-20

[2] 2 Corinthians 11:21