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The Self-Scarred Church. Chapter 1: Putting Things in Perspective

This blog is based on the book titled: THE SELF-SCARRED CHURCH, subtitled Healing for the Seven Most Damaging Self-Inflicted Wounds to the Church

The 7 self-inflicted wounds are:

  1. Lack of Vision

  2. Survival Mentality

  3. Anti-Pharisaical Tendencies

  4. Crab Syndrome

  5. Poverty Mentality

  6. Recognition Curse

  7. King Leadership

Why self-inflicted?

► Conducted by members of the church.

► Members of the church constitute the church.

Why wounds?

► These misdeeds are damaging to the church.

In this blog I will put things in perspective before I talk about the 7 wounds, which will be addressed in future blogs.

The first things to note are:

► We are all different.

► We all have the same basic needs.

► Our basic needs must be fulfilled, whether it is through healthy or unhealthy means.

► We are all prone to meeting our needs unhealthily.

1 John 1:8–9

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

The Root of Our Misdeeds are our emotional needs.

Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist of the 1930s, proposed that we have five broad categories of needs. These needs are placed in hierarchy, from most to least basic.

The Needs are:

1. Physiological. Food, clothing, etc. These are mostly met for most people in the church.

2. Safety. Not physical safety

3. Belonging. Community

4. Esteem. Feelings of worth.

5. Self-actualization. Feeling fulfilled

Does it mean that because these are needs and they must be met we should act ungodly to meet them? No!

Three factors are at play here:

  1. We tend to operate out of the character of Christ and hence seek to meet these needs through ungodly means.

  2. The Church is not as effective as she should be in providing a setting that engenders healthy means by which to meet these needs.

  3. These are needs and not wants, so we find ways to meet them whether they are healthy or unhealthy.

Examples of how some in the church meet their belonginess and esteem needs in ungodly ways and in turn wound the church.

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