“The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good,” by Peter Greer is a readable cautionary tale for those involved in biblical ministry. Greer, armed with many examples of leaders who fell from grace, Greer opens with his own near miss. Greer says, “Ministry took precedence over everything,” right up until the day his wife sat him down and gave it to him straight, “You are choosing your ministry over me—and I feel nothing for you.” With those words ringing in his ears Greer was forced to take a personal inventory and he didn’t like what he saw. He realized that, “It’s possible to sacrificially serve God and be completely self-centred in the process.” Greer also observed that, “unless we rediscover the foundation of service, our good works can be all about us: promoting our image, heightening our own vanity and pride. Service becomes a means to achieve our dreams, our purposes, our goals. Phony activism and selfish service will eventually be exposed.” Greer cites the disturbing statistic that only one in three biblical leaders finish well. The lure of power and pride led two-thirds to fall, hurting themselves and often others in the process. All in all Greer’s book challenges us to take a good hard look at ourselves. If success begins in our family, where are our priorities? What motivates us? Do we secretly want people to notice us or is Christ front and centre?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Greer narrowly avoided self-destruction and humbly offers his story to keep others from making the same often fatal mistakes. Between the pages of “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good,” Greer alternately warns and challenges us to exemplify Christ. Occasionally his biblical examples seem a bit forced and I found the last few chapters a bit repetitious. Yet, if you are in church ministry, this book is a must read. With a built-in study guide it lends itself as an excellent choice for training material for ministry and leadership groups. Amazing inspiring read!
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