Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.- Heb.
Of course the Bible's teaching on obedience does not mean the church can outlaw dissent when expressed legitimately.
Each relationship has its own set of boundaries to be respected.
Personal boundaries are the limits we set in relationships that allow us to protect our selves.
There are three types of people who particularly need boundaries. DOORMATS~Some people have been raised to believe that martyrdom, self-denial and incessant caretaking are righteous virtues to be practiced to the point of misery.
When people are doormats, they allow others to take advantage of them. ENABLERS~Then there are parents who want to make sure their children have everything they didn’t get, and they protected them from every problem and emotion.
During recent discussions with members and each other, we have discovered confusion and possible misinterpretation of our position on leadership and authority boundaries.
To avoid further confusion and to bring glory to God, we have consulted the elders and come together in a combined leaders' meeting to compose our thoughts on this key subject.