The work of biblical restoration you and/or your church may seek to engage in is often misunderstood. This misunderstanding of your motives, efforts, and Biblical truth can trigger backlash. Pastors, leaders, and churches that seek to cultivate a restorative culture and actively engage fallen and broken leaders who need restoration need to be prepared for this reaction.
Most often, the question is posed by a broken, shamed, and struggling church servant who is seeking hope. Occasionally, the question is raised by a well-meaning church member or leader with conflicting beliefs, ideas, or emotions. From time to time, that person serves their church on a search committee or deacon leadership team. All, regardless of their station or role, are seeking hard truth on which to base important decisions.