In my church, I feel that I cannot express any difference of opinion to the leaders. It feels like all disagreement is viewed as "divisiveness." What can I do?

If you cannot express a different opinion without being considered divisive, you need to tell your leaders that--why you are intimidated. This should not be the spiritual climate of the church. Teachers especially need to welcome input (James 3:1).

But openness works both ways. To the extent we all have influence, or lead or teach, we should ask ourselves the question: "Am I open to input?" James 1:19-20 is highly relevant: "Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God."

Also, please refer to Q. 0997.

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