Critical Stage

Fourth Stage: The Critical Stage

A disloyal person is not passive forever; he progresses into the next step of being critical.

This is the stage of noticing and magnifying faults. In church, he finds faults with the preaching of the Word and with the order of service. He analyzes the building and notices all the deficiencies of the surroundings. Miriam had become critical of Moses. She had followed his leadership out of Egypt, but now she began to see his faults and humanness and spoke about his marital problems.

And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses…

Numbers 12:1

Early in the ministry, many pastors tend to experience a spirit of disloyalty in church. Many of the church members become very critical. With eagle eyes they watch out for any faults.

“Is he really called?” they often ask. “Can a university student be a pastor?” You can virtually hear them saying, “We know you don’t have much to say. Just summarize your message and let’s close the service.”

This causes many pastors to dread Saturday evenings

Because, it is the night before facing a critical congregation.

They often ask themselves “Is this the dread I will have to go through every Saturday night?”

Then standing before the congregation, on a bright Sunday morning. They may lift their eyes from their Bible after praying, and see the angry and hypercritical eyes of their assistants many others.

This critical atmosphere can almost brake up any fledgling church.

Naturally, a hypercritical atmosphere does not help anyone to preach well. Some may ask, "why teach so much on the subject of loyalty." This is because disloyalty has a devastating impact on the ministry.

Point of View or Viewpoint?

It is often said that, your point of view depends on your viewpoint. The value of a thing varies depending on the eyes with which you look at it.

If you look at something with critical eyes,you will only see the imperfections. However, if you look at it with an eye of love you will see something good and hope for the future.

Absalom also had begun to find faults with the king’s style of leadership. He was so engrossed with the deficiencies of David’s ministry. He could see no good anywhere. This only led to another stage of disloyalty - deception.

And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

2 Samuel 15:3


Extract from Loyalty and disloyalty (best book on loyalty by Dag Heward-Mills)