Regardless of the type of church or other Christian community, there is an inherent danger for Christian communities. There is a danger of becoming great in the eyes of the community, greater even than the One whose message you are trying to proclaim. Congregations and communities of all stripes are constantly oscillating between putting their clergy on pedestals and tearing them down.
In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas are traveling through the city of Lystra and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. They happen upon a man crippled from birth. With power and the Holy Spirit, Paul orders the man to stand up. Miraculously, the man springs up and begins to walk. Immediately the crowd believes that the two messengers of God must actually be gods themselves; Zeus and Hermes have come to the city in human form. To dissuade the crowds of their misplaced devotion, Paul and Barnabas run through the crowds preaching along the way: “We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God” (Acts 14:15).
The danger is great. I am also a man. I am no god, I am simply a mortal. I am from dust and will return to dust. True, God has come to the earth in human form. But that was on the first Christmas, oh so long ago. Make no such mistake people of Lystra, I am one of you.