My previous counsellor, explained to me how my lack of understanding why so many church people think the way they do and why I felt like I was in high school, was due to this.
She identified me as going into stage 5, where most church people will remain at stage 3, all their lives. It was huge moment of clarity to see this.
And she explained how those at stage 3, don’t know anything more, so will reject anything outside of their own understanding, their own needs and what suits them and their earthly desires. Their rejection is their ego, even if they don’t see that.
There are also many church leaders, who will actively want stage 3 churches, as it is easier for flock control and they don’t get questioned, challenged etc.
I see clearly how this shows a huge lack of understanding spiritual faith.
So, when challenged on my views about people like Driscoll and his ‘cult-like’ church behaviours, I MUST remember, I am dealing with those at stage 3. And if they choose not to look inward and challenge their own thinking, their own understanding of the Bible etc…..that is their own sin to deal with.
I don’t consider myself better than anyone, but I do clearly see how all these issues, lead to wrong teachings, and further sin.
I do also accept I have been willing to be open and honest to see more, understand more and grow and develop more.
Which takes courage and a lack of ego.