well, not very often anyways.
We have been down in Phoenix (Surprise area) for our District council (more or less the yearly business meeting for all the pastors and ministers in the AZ District of the Assemblies of God). It’s a good time for pastors and ministers from all over the state to visit and catch up, etc .
So Debbie was talking with a ministry friend who she and her husband had been overseas for a lot of years but due to things out of their control they are switching fields and will be doing ministry in the states. in the process they a have had to rebuild their support base. some have opted to continue supporting them no matter what and others have chosen to drop their support because they are no longer overseas and so on.
Debbie’s friend told her that regarding the switch from overseas to stateside one pastor told them:
God doesn’t change his mind.
and dropped their support. This is not only full of theological naiveté, it is spiritual abuse.
Fortunately Debbie’s friend knew better and so is not harmed by this, but can you imagine? God changing or not changing his mind has nothing to do with the fact that he alone directs our paths… The end goal is always the same but that doesn’t mean getting there is accomplished on only one path.
Fortunately, our friend knew better but still, what do you say to such a comment??!!