The Congregation The Club And The Church | cfcindia, Bangalore
God has given us elders and godly older brothers who love us, who speak God's word to us in love. They do not spare the rod because they know that fathers who love their children never spare the rod. Such elders love us, as our heavenly Father loves us. If, then, you rebel or get offended with what such godly older brothers say to you, that would be a sure sign that you have Club mentality.
The end result will be a lack of spiritual growth. And if there is no spiritual growth in your life, you are backsliding. There is no such thing as being stationary in the Christian life. If we get offended when a godly older brother speaks a word of reproof to us, then we are certainly in a backslidden condition - perhaps on our way to hell.
- Santosh Poonen, The Congregation The Club And The Church