The fourth most commented article with 266 comments on the original UBFriends is Galatians Set Me Free From Legalism. I wrote about how Paul, a “junior” rebuked Peter, a “senior” publicly. Paul then shared and circulated how and why he rebuked Peter in a letter to be read in all the churches (Gal 2:11-14). Today it is like sending out a mass email to everyone in the church to explain how a Christian leader made a big mistake! Basically, Paul pointed out clearly and in detail why Peter, the senior leader, was clearly in the wrong. In that strongly hierarchical Jewish culture, this was huge and unthinkable.
Based on this account, how do we “go back to the Bible”? My question is provocative, but it is practical. Also, I ask this question with a smile.
My short answer is that Christians, and in particular senior leaders in the church, should welcome being questioned, objected to, challenged and to be told and shown that they are wrong.
Are you comfortable to “go back to the Bible” by pointing out how and why your church leader is wrong? Will you be heard? Will your objection and rebuke be welcomed?