Triumphalism & Dysfunction

Great article at Christianity Today: “How Can So Many Pastors Be Godly and Dysfunctional at the Same Time?”

As you read the article, think about it in terms of triumphalism, thinking that God is a math problem (x + y = z, solve for blessings).  Excessive exultation over your success or achievements.  Thinking that a particular set of blessings = God’s favor = success in all areas of life.

For the pastors in the article, triumphalism seems to be saying, “If I work hard enough and well enough, God will bless everything.”

Pastors can be godly and dysfunctional at the same time. They can be holy and not whole. They can be biblically faithful and psychologically broken. They can be prayer warriors and control freaks, spiritually mature and emotionally repressed. They can sincerely love Jesus yet be addicted to food or porn or pain meds. I know this to be true from experience. …

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