“The punishment of the majority is enough for such a person.” (2 Corinthians 2:7) It is a painful read. Profitable, but painful nonetheless. 2 Corinthians 2 recalls a time in Corinth when an opponent “stands up” to challenge Paul’s integrity and the rest of the congregation comes to Paul’s defense by disciplining the brother who is spreading discord. Not a happy moment! Some scholars think this is the same brother who was sleeping with his father’s wife in 1 Corinthians 5. True or not, the context of chapters 1 and 2 implies a personal challenge to Paul and the courage required of the church to stand with him. Thank God for such a majority! Pastors (as all believers) are “jars of clay”. Apart from the steady and courageous support of the members, no pastor can stand against the constant and overwhelming criticism that comes. Strange thought! Pastors protect sheep. Sheep also protect pastors. We have to stand together or the outcomes are unfortunate for everyone concerned.