This is the appendix to my new book you can purchase here.Dear ministry leader, Thank you for your service to Jesus Christ and people that He loved so much that He died for them.) But Pastor Mark continues to grow a devoted and impassioned following, which means thousands of couples around the world will be looking to his new book, which he co-authored with his wife Grace, for advice.
In addition to demanding they serve as nearly flawless leaders and teachers, many of us demand that our pastors serve as professional counselors and advisors, experts on everything from politics to science to sex to health to money to marriage to relationships.
As a result, some pastors simply crumble beneath the weight of the pressure, “faking it” for years and then burning out.
But their newest objections to Christianity have taken a harsher turn.
These criticisms are not just vaguely intellectual. People believe our exclusive message is not only incorrect but immoral. Today, people take issue not just with the Christian message—what we say—but how we say it. From our standpoint as Christians, a world full of religious options boils down to two things: good works or God’s grace. Other religions require good works—living a moral life, obeying the law, reincarnating to pay off your karmic debt, etc.
I tried to lovingly but clearly explain that Christians believe Christ alone saves because Christ himself…
People outside the church have always thought we Christians are mistaken about Jesus and His claims.They brought their own wide range of spiritual backgrounds. Some were Muslims, at least one was Hindu, and another was raised Jehovah’s Witness.The questions they pressed the hardest were about the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to heaven.The chapter on the importance of nurturing a true friendship in marriage includes some good reminders about kindness and reciprocity.I thought Grace wrote a brave and honest chapter about sexual abuse.Others project their insecurities and obsessions onto their followers and demand that everyone look just like them.