Measuring Ministry

This post by Carl Trueman is worth reading a couple of times through and thinking about the implications it might have for your ministerial relationships and associations. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that the fallacy that visible success is sure indication of God’s approval is widely believed in evangelical and fundamentalist circles. Sometimes it is brazenly displayed in Rick Warren’s advice to never criticize any method that God is blessing, but it often comes in more subtle shades of self-justification. The standard is faithfulness, not visible success. Anybody who explains away or looks away from disobedience because of success has adopted a different standard than God’s.

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