Then he says that "grumbling" against the pastor is to grumble against Jesus Christ. Yep, complain about something you don't like, speak up against what is being done at church, and you are speaking against Christ himself.
The quote is:
"If you get upset with your pastor or your staff, believe it or not, we're gifts of God. These are gifts from Jesus Christ. He established this. And remind yourself: when we get upset and when I want to grumble, when I may not like something, do you know who you are grumbling against? The head. Jesus Christ. You're not grumbling against the staff, you're not grumbling against your neighbor, you're not grumbling against your pastor. Your unsettledness is with Jesus Christ." Kevin King, FBC Jax
Hearing that kind of nonsense makes me sad for the people of FBC Jax. Is that really what the relationship is between members of a church and the leaders? The leaders, paid staffers, are "gifts of God" to the congregation and therefore above being criticized or questioned or complained about? And if one dares "grumbling" or complaining about concerns or even likes or dislikes they have "unsettledness" with Jesus Christ?
That is dangerous teaching anywhere in a church - but its unbelievable that during this trying period at FBC Jax where the church is in the local newspaper over the outting and trespassing of a critical blogger - that the message coming forth is not more openness but "if you criticize or complain we'll consider you as criticizing Jesus himself".
I would welcome anyone to justify with scripture Kevin King's statements. What is sad is what Kevin King says is consistent with A.C. Soud's Deacon's Resolution 2009-1 that Soud had the congregation STAND and ratify...according to Soud "unjust criticism" is viewed as an attack on the Lord's church - and on Jesus himself.