At least this much is sure in leadership: If you begin to lead others, you will be criticized. No one will be a significant spiritual leader if his aim is to please others and seek their approval. Paul said in Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

John Piper, The Marks of a Spiritual Leader [Free e-book]

One Reply to “Criticism”

  1. The bible gives us all kinds of “outs” to use when we want to “do as we damn well please”, under the veil of “it’s a matter of faith”. We look to passages like these for the justification. It always sounds good if we’re “doing it for the Lord” instead of ourselves.

    Why don’t we just rob a bank and put all the money in the church collection basket on Sunday? This can’t be justified on the basis of logic or common sense. It can’t be justified on the Bible any more than many of the rather arbitrary things we do or say “because” or our belief.


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