The culture around us pressures the church to forsake the measuring standard for truth, righteousness, and love established by Christ and replace it with a worldly standard of assumptions and expectations.
"God only works the way I prefer."
Fair expectation questions
Is it biblical?
Is it Christ-centered?
Is it vision-driven?
"God only works through authority I'm comfortable with."
Authority for building up
Man / Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:25)
Woman / Man (Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:22)
Children / Parents (Ephesians 6:1-2; Colossians 3:20)
Citizens / Government (Romans 13:1-2)
Church / Elders (Hebrews 13:17)
All Creation / God (James 4:5-7)
"Likability is a mark of spirituality."
Excuses to reject (godly) authority:
He/she is not approachable
He/she is not "presidential"
"The measure of success is my happiness."
"…when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding." (2 Corinthians 10:12)