I stumbled across this post by Perry Noble about "watchdog" groups on the blogosphere.
Perry says, "There are way too many bloggers that are building a philosophy of ministry based on their own calling and giftedness…and if other churches and leaders do not have the exact same philosophy as them then they are wrong. This is nothing more than spiritual pride–which the last time I checked–is exactly what got satan kicked out of heaven."
I couldn't agree more. There are people who make it their mission in life to disagree with everyone in a particular genre of church or stoop to nothing more than name-calling and condemnation when someone dares disagree with them.
There is a big difference between the so-called "watchdog" websites and people who are genuinely wrestling with a concept or method and then disagree with its use. There are many methods that I don't agree with nor would I use them. I have my reasons for not using them. I don't care if you use them. That is great. But I still have a right to have an opinion on the concept and to not like it. I have many opinions, and, like many of your opinions, mine are completely wrong but I hold them anyway. I don't know they are wrong. And I won't know they are wrong till God says, "Come here, boy, we need to have a talk!" Then I will know I am in trouble for something I said and an opinion I held.
And do you know what?
We can still be friends and hang out at each other's mansion in heaven. I wrote a similar post awhile back.
There are as many ways of doing and leading a church successfully as there are personalities. And what defines success for one person (growth maybe) may not be success for another (getting to know everyone in the community). There are some pastors that are driven and there are some that are laid back. There are some that won't stand for a microphone that pops during the service, and there are those that seem to be able to roll with the punches and go on.
We are all different. We all have different opinions, and we are all entitled to those opinions. We are even allowed to hold an opinion based on premises that someone else completely disagrees with...and we can still get along.