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Ten Reasons John Maxwell is Wrong John Barber, Ph.D

I just watched a video produced by John Maxwell. His principles are used in churches and in the corporate world. Let me tell you what I think is wrong with this video. 
1 God does not call us to "be more" but to decrease that Jesus may increase. 
2. Pastors aren't called to "coach" people but to shepherd them. 
3. We're not called to inspire people to "greatness" but to holiness.
4. Inspirational leadership is not the only way to influence Christians. God has given us church discipline.
5. Our desire should not be to leave "our mark on the world" but to be faithful. 
6. The Church is not a business. It's the Body of Christ.
7. If you expect your teaching to be equally effective in both the corporate world and the Church, there's something wrong with your teaching. 
8. "Success" is not always defined by upward trends. God accomplishes his ends just as easily in our defeats.
The Failure of Worldview Education in Christian Colleges John Barber, Ph.D.
Christian colleges are right to stand for and to teach a biblical world and life view to their students. However, the worldview curriculums of the majority of these schools are comparative in nature. That is to say, they teach what the Bible says about sex vs. what the world says about sex; what the Bible says about creativity, vs. what the world says about creativity; what the Bible says about meaning vs. what the world says about meaning, so forth and so on. So far we are on philosophical ground.
However, when Jesus set forth the nature of his public ministry, he said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He appointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18).
Jesus’ words tell me that worldview is more than a presuppositional bas…
Ten Reasons Why "Same-Sex Marriage” Affects Your Marriage: A Reply to My Critics
John Barber, Ph.D.

Only recently did I learn that an article I wrote many months ago, titled, “Ten Reasons Why Same Sex Marriage Affects Your Marriage” (April 1st, 2013), had garnished a large number of responses by LGBTQ advocates (The original article can be seen here: or here:
So this reply comes somewhat late. Before I comment on counterpoints to my ten reasons, I wish to put forth a few preliminaries.  
First, I want to be clear that the authority for my views on marriage and sexuality is Scripture. Although my original article drew from legal, sociological, and rational data, all of it reasoned outward from a point of origination in God’s Word. The following response will manifest that source of divine revelation even more emphatically t…