In 1996, a brand-spanking new bishop, Lindsey Davis, was sent on his first assignment to the North Georgia Conference. His ham-handed handling of a rigmarole with Marietta First UMC over apportionments caused a split in that church. (Meanwhile, the experienced bishop of the South Georgia Conference handled a similar situation with one of their largest, most influential churches, quietly, and nothing happened.)
Fast-forward to 2020, a brand-spanking new bishop, Sue Haupert-Johnson, in her first assignment as a bishop, handles a situation involving keeping a beloved minister or showing Mt. Bethel who’s boss. Like Bishop Davis, she shows her immaturity as a bishop and chooses to get into a rigmarole with this very large church.
This won’t end well. Satan, however, has a big smile on his face, because he’s won another secular battle against the church of Jesus Christ.
Smile on, split hoof. This is a temporary victory. You lose in the end. I’ve read the book!