coverings and church perception

Keith Giles has some helpful things to say about “spiritual covering” in today’s Subversive Underground Newsletter. He contrasts authentic biblical accountability in ministry and missions with what some churches call “spiritual covering,” which he asserts is often used as a way to control the activity of their members. He concludes with this powerful statement:

The Holy Spirit promised (and I really do believe Him) to lead us into all Truth. We do not need an expert or a professional to tell us we are “safe” or “official”.

Personally, I think he’s right.


I just saw the following list over at Abductive Columns. According to Dan Kimball, these are the six most common perceptions of the Church among post-Christian 20s and 30-somethings:

  1. The Church is an organized religion with a political agenda
  2. The Church is judgmental and negative
  3. The Church is dominated by males and oppresses females
  4. The Church is homophobic
  5. The Church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong
  6. The Church is full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally

3 responses to this post.

  1. Oh man, that “coverings” quote is so right on.

    Where does it every say we need a man other than Jesus to cover us?

    Acts 5:29


  2. I had a similar conversation with a friend when I left my church. I think people don’t realize their own legitimacy as an agent of Jesus in the world. The church doesn’t have a monopoly on the Jesus and his mission in the world.


  3. The Dan Kimball list is from a fantastic book called They Like Jesus But Not the Church. It’s a critical and eye-opening look that offers solutions along with the criticism.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: