In the church we seem to have low standards for giving leadership and high standards for removal from that leadership.
A fundamental character trait of good leaders is humility. However, the church continues to create more James MacDonalds, James Bakkers, Mark Driscolls, Bill Hybels, Jerry Falwell Jrs....etc.
Marsha sought help from church leaders for 22 years. They didn't think that was long enough to live with an abusive husband. The church's theology of divorce is hurtful and unbiblical.
Sandi has worked for mission agencies almost her entire adult career. And she has experienced multiple toxic leaders in nearly all those agencies.
When it comes to abuse, are we more focused on sin or safety?
Offering grace does not necessarily mean overlooking toxicity. Accountability is a pearl to be offered.