Sovereign Grace Ministries to lose flagship church?

The founding church of the Sovereign Grace ministries movement, Covenant Life Church, headed by Joshua Harris, has evidently asked it’s congregation to sever ties with the movement.

Some of you may have been following the Sovereign Grace story over the past couple of years.  It’s an interested case study.

I’ll admit, I have read some of the stuff… from both sides, and it really turns my stomach.

Both sides have dug in and Covenant Life’s departure may be just the most recent casualty.

I have no insider information, don’t know anyone inside the movement, and they are out of the circle I normally run with… so I’m looking at this from a total outsider’s viewpoint.

My problem… at least in this situation… is that leaders on both sides have dug in their heels… insisting that they are right and the other party is wrong.

That’s good.  There probably is a right and a wrong party here.

But what has been  unfortunate is the pages and pages of documentation that has been released from both sides… hundreds, probably thousands of documents… timelines… email leaks… etc. trying to prove points.

It’s really been maddening… unlike anything I’ve really ever seen in the church world.

And I have no problem thinking there are great followers of Jesus on both sides of the issue.

But at some point, it does no one any good to continue the bickering.

Maybe that’s where Covenant Life is.  Maybe they’re tired of the fight.  Maybe their digging in their heels more by just leaving.  I don’t know… but it does make me sad, regardless.

Case in point.  Full documentation.  Too much information?  Too public?  You decide.

Are these public church fights EVER good for the church?

What do you think?

Todd

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