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Church Whistleblowers

We all know the Bible sets up specific courses of action when we have something against a brother. And an even more stringent set of guidelines applies if an accusation is made against an elder. So… is it ever right to be a church whistleblower? Let’s say you’re on staff at a church and you discover your senior pastor is having an affair.  You’re the only one that has this information.  What should you do? Or, you’re on staff at a church and you and another person (maybe it’s you and your wife) know of a sin issue that needs to be addressed. There’s just one problem:  confronting the issue with the senior pastor will most definitely achieve just one thing:  your quick and unequivocal firing. Is there EVER a time that you should go to the church board or elders BEFORE you go to the individual?  For employment reasons?  For physical safety reasons? (Please don’t blast me… I’m not trying to get anyone to circumvent scripture in any way.  I just know that real life situations are never nearly as cut and dry as people think.  Just ask anyone in the situation.) Another instance where I’d ask the ‘whistleblower’ question is when someone actually DOES go through the scriptural guidelines to try to make things right, but the leadership ignores the admonition.  Is it ever right for a church member to call their bluff by ‘whistleblowing’?  Of should the person just leave the church? It’s happening more and more… just watch the headlines. Read the blogs.  Whistleblowing is becoming more and more prevalent in the church today. The question is… where do you draw the line? What do YOU think? Is there ever a time when church whistleblowing is justified? Todd