The Hippocratic Oath upon which this non-harming ministry website is based really invites ministers to step back from the rush to action, because the first and greatest misconception is that, as ministers, we always know what is best. This site is a resource for those of us who are dedicated to first doing no harm. We don’t mind the prospect of tripping over our words for fear of offending, because we realize how often fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” – proverbs 29:18 KJV
In his book Overcoming Spiritual Blindness, James P Gills MD points to other common misperceptions and the harm they have tended to cause to us and others. This book, called ‘thought provoking and challenging’ by Billy Graham, offers the acronym ‘TRUST’ (we paraphrase as “Thank God, Rejoice, Understand, Sing out and exhibit Thoughtfulness”) and calls out:
- a preoccupation with sin and legalism and a distorted view of sex, and a separation of sex from spirituality [consider proverbs 5:18-20] – it’s not simply an adherence to outward rules (while lust rages in the heart), but a positive and uplifting covenant between two people who love each other under God
- ingratitude, envy and fear fueling a sense of self dependence, personal ambition and materialism rather than abiding in Love, reliance and service (self involvement and lack of the ability to surrender to a higher purpose)
Perhaps there are a few others you’d care to share with us, for possible inclusion here. We’d love to hear from you!