So they decided that they were right and I was wrong. Even though, they don't know my position, because they have never talked TO me, they have only talked AT me. There was never any discussion involving me. Just their own amongst themselves. Probably went something like this...
Elder T: So, what do you think of this whippersnapper, coming in and challenging the pastor's messages. This pastor has been here what, 7 or eight years now? Surely we couldn't be wrong that long.
Elder G: You know it. I don't care if I have talked to him and find some of his thoughts interesting. He actaully has the audacity to disagree with the pastor!
Elder L: But perhaps, to be on the safe side, we should listen to one of the pastor's sermons with a more critical eye.
(After listening to a sermon)
Elder G: Well, that does it. He says the same wonderful things that he always says. What a spirit-inspired genius. I couldn't have said it better myself. Well, maybe just a little bit better, but I have more important work to do for God.
Elder T: Well said G. We didn't even have to open a Bible to agree with the pastor, it just made so much sense to me. And the pastor put all of those proof-texts in so I didnt have to anyway.
Elder G: Yes, just like he does when he answers questions in Bible studies. He can quote them almost as good as I can.
Elder T: So there we have it, we agree with ourselves, no need to discuss anything. And anyone who does not agree with us, well, they are just divisive. We have it nailed, no problems here. Well, except when someone disagrees with us. Then we have to shut them up to protect the poor little sheeps in our flock.
Elder L: That's sheep. The plural of sheep is sheep.
Elder G: Gentlemen, let's not disagree. Here, give me that dictionary. (Writes in an "s" after the entry for sheep.) See? We just all need to agree.
Elder L: My apologies. How could I have not seen that before?
Well, maybe that is not exactly how it happened, but I think it is close.