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In a convicting and telling post, Byron Yawn outlines the reasons why we probably don't want to be known as the "angry prophet." Yawn says this:
"Of the many things I’ve learned about pastoral ministry over these years one stands out among the most helpful: There is a real danger in consistently defining yourself and your ministry by what you are against."He then goes on to list ten dangers of defining yourself by what you're against. Though primarily directed at pastors, his admonitions could apply to any of us. Here they are:
1. You’ll forget to talk about what’s good… especially about Jesus.Jesus instructed us that we would be primarily known as followers of Him by the love we show to one another. That doesn't mean we never seek to speak truth but it does mean that the truth we speak is motivated by love and not condemnation.
2. You’ll begin to take yourself too seriously.
3. You’ll begin to preach the same sermon from every passage.
4. You’ll foster mean people.
5. You’ll eventually assemble an audience of self-congratulatory clones.
6. You’ll take all correction personally and as an unpardonable offense against “God’s man.”
7. You’ll make a terrible shepherd.
8. You’ll become the type of person you warn others about.
9. You’ll thrive on controversy.
10. People will stop listening.
You can read Yawn's complete post here.
(h/t to Tim Challies for the link)