Are there men who have risen to a certain level within the Church that one dare not point out a concern about something that they have said; something that they teach; or, a potential error in their theology? Are there some men who we should show more respect to than others? And is respect shown by being silent when one has a genuine concern that they feel should be expressed? Or, does it actually show more love and respect to speak up when one has a genuine concern?
I love what Piper says when preaching from Hebrews 6:9-12
“The writer to the Hebrews is calling us by his example to grow up and to take the risks of love. He is also calling us to be less easily offended. And less easily hurt. We have a massive foundation for our salvation in the death of the Son of God and we have an advocate in heaven more powerful and more compelling than any accuser on earth. We should be the freest of all people to listen to criticism and take it into account and not be wounded or self-pitying or resentful.”
Just listen to these lines from the Book of Proverbs: Better is open rebuke from a friend than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear. Rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge. A rebuke impresses a man of discernment. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.