Wednesday, May 06, 2009

How to Keep From Getting Hurt in a Church.

This article by Dr. Dale A. Robbins (who is not LDS) seems pretty good to me, How to Keep From Getting Hurt in a Church. It's a copyrighted article, but the notice at the bottom says you can download the article for personal use as long as you retain credit to the author.

His point #10 quotes Matthew 18:15-17 on how to resolve a conflict with someone: “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear you, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church [elders or church leadership]. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector” (Matt. 18:15-17).

Doctrine and Covenants 42:88-89 repeats the idea.

12 of his 13 points start off with a scripture to illustrate and back up the point. And all points seem applicable to an LDS setting. His article is great. It shows that the answers to our challenges really are in the scriptures. Something I like about the author is that he believes that the Holy Ghost still inspires people, and even when they don't realize they're being inspired.



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