I’ve never known a pastor or leader at a growing church who didn’t credit God (at least publically) for their growth. I don’t doubt they sincerely mean it either. But how many of these leaders are willing to discuss the difficult and culturally unpopular aspects of Scripture? What’s worse, how many resort to using the Bible as a pop-psychology book sprinkling verses around ideas that could just as easily be found in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble?
There’s a warning in this not only for them but for all of us. Be careful how you evaluate “success.” The ends don’t always justify the means nor do they prove what your doing is right.