Quick to Listen/Episode 134 |52min

What to Make of James MacDonald Suing Julie Roys

Can Christians at odds still follow 1 Corinthians and avoid taking each other to court?
What to Make of James MacDonald Suing Julie Roys
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A Chicagoland megachurch pastor has sued a Christian media personality and two former church-members-turned-potential-whistleblowers for defamation. According to Harvest Bible Chapel pastor James McDonald, former Moody Radio host Julie Roys and bloggers Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant published and helped publicize false and damaging financial information about the congregation. (Read CT’s story.)

But should Christians so at odds actually be taking each other to court? In many cases, no, says Ken Sande, the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and the current president of Relational Wisdom 360.

“Typically, conflict between Christians involves some foundation of sin,” said Sande. “Lawyers can dress that up in legal terms, but what it really comes down to in 99 percent of the cases is sin. Keeping one’s word. Slandering. False representation. Bitterness. Anger. Unforgiveness. Those are all spiritual issues that the church has jurisdiction over and a judge can’t touch.”

Sande joined associate digital media producer Morgan Lee and editor in chief Mark Galli to discuss conflict resolution—or lack thereof—when it comes to Christians, the power of seeing people confess sin to one another, and how these processes play out in a #MeToo era.

This episode of Quick to Listen is sponsored in part by Men Unplugged, a Christ-centered talk show. Its host, Jeff Jerina and well-known Christian leaders offer practical solutions for the issues facing men and their families today. For more information, go to www.MenUnplugged.net.

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