Many of you may know that Garrison Keillor is one of my favorite authors. Here he speaks of church factions, doctrinal divisions, an absence of peacemakers, and an abundance of “self-righteous pissery” (his words, not mine):
In the Sanctified Brethren church, a tiny fundamentalist bunch who we were in, there was a spirit of self-righteous pissery and B.S.ification among certain elders that defied peacemaking. They were given to disputing small points of doctrine that to them seemed the very fulcrum of the faith. We were cursed with a surplus of scholars and a deficit of peacemakers, and so we tended to be divisive and split into factions. One dispute when I was a boy had to do with the question of hospitality toward those in error, whether kindness shown to one who holds false doctrine implicates you in his wrongdoing. — Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home, pg 155.
That’s funny, I’ve never before heard the Church of Christ referred to as the “Sanctified Brethren Church.”
Only kidding… kind of.