Even I still agree that whatever the way of Jesus was , he defined it as easy and the burden of it light.
Hardly what you get from the ministry and far too many members in the Churches of God under the IM-Potentates and UN-IN-Potentates.
Former Minister or not, and I can defend the fact that I have thought this way as a kid long before I ever heard of WCG, and that there are much better ways to treat people who "fail" or "sin" or simply goof up than what I ever heard from the mouth of HWA or the self centered , self absorbed and self ordained pretend ministers and righteous follows of the COG circus masters.
As in politics, the self righteous, judgmental and somewhat or totally narcissistic personalities rise to the top and lack the skills, compassion and love to treat people who fail, as they do as well but won't tell you that..ever. , to meet the standards of "becoming perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect," good luck with that. And don't give me "it means mature." Good luck with that too.
Most who practice such poor people skills and spiritual qualities only change when they get bitten in the ass themselves and given an opportunity to wake up and change their way viewing others as if they are all that different from everyone else. Dave Pack, for example, need only to look his own family to see being righteous and perfect in his own mind didn't work out so well for the clan. Dave has been bitten often in the ass and learned precisely nothing from it evidently.
I've had my own shortcomings in life both within and without the ministry. My own mistakes were born out of regrets about my perception of being stuck in the scandal filled WCG while pastoring some very fine folk that I did not wish to let down or abandon and the stress that went along with it. It was a real challenge. I also meant every bit of what I did or did not do at times. I made personal choices I now regret and some I am glad I did consequences and all. There were times I would have appreciated being treated as I perceived I had treated others, but it didn't happen. The self righteous and unblemished are a hard kind of nut to crack.
I may be a firm believer in evolution and an atheist with regards to my views of Bible origins, politic and problems but I always knew that a pat on the back is only 18 inches from a kick in the ass and works much better. For example...
No, it's not the job of the minister to monitor the sins of the congregation. He's got his own issues and their ain't no 10's in the ministry or administration of any church. The job of the pastor is to en-courage, to en-lighten and provide the safe haven for human beings and everyone is first of all that. It's his job to be human too and willing to admit it. People like that and respond to that much more than the hubris and discipline you see in most of the Churches of God when people fail to meet the standards. I have felt the boot of my superiors on my throat when already in the weeds of depression and anxiety caused by the very men who wore the boots. It didn't make me better and it didn't make me wish to stay even if I had not lost my personal faith in faith itself.
The job comes with having the ability to be a helper of one's joy and not a roadblock to one's journey. The minister's job is to be the best example of one who bares, believes, hopes and endures and helps others to do so when they feel they have failed and seek forgiveness and understanding.
The minister and member job description is this, and if the Apostle Paul actually wrote this, then I'd say it shows the man grew up during his blustering ministry and realized this close to the end of his life after years of his own false prophecies about the end, how everyone else must be and how it all is.
First of all and at the least Paul was able to look at himself. Men like Pack, Flurry and Weinland lack this skill. Paul called it "sin". I'd simply call it being human when trying to be something like "perfect" according to someone else's standards and learning it might not work so well. .
I only wish Paul, for the sake of all to follow would have been more specific about what it was he simply could not stop doing or being.