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ou must have sympathy for the right people. I read a book called, "The Wounder Minister," and the author recounts story after story about churches that destroyed ministers because of an unhealthy board member and his friends. Generally, the people of the church know these things are happening, but they are passive, sort of like passing by and watching someone getting mugged without getting help. But the author, Guy Greenfield, mentioned a church that had sympathy for the right party.

• They nabbed the troublemaker when the new pastor came.

• They confessed they should have spoken up earlier and not allowed this man to attack the other pastor and make his life miserable.

• They told him, ’"behave or you are out."

• Just like in the realm of crime, we should have more sympathy for the victims than we do the perpetrators…