Did Jesus talk smack about His bride when He addressed Laodicaea? Did the apostles when they corrected churches?
In Hosea, God referred to Israel as His bride. In Isaiah 1, God called Israel “Sodom” and “Gomorrah”.
Again, we are seeking to help the church to obey Jesus, to be all that she can be.
Abolitionists are Gospel-focused, and one cannot be Gospel-focused unless one is born again by the Spirit of God, redeemed, regenerated, recipients of a new heart courtesy of our kind and loving God Himself. We are part of the church of Jesus. We may be a different body part than this critic (if indeed the critic really does belong to Christ).
We are the part of the church that is rising up to call for reformation. The church must be semper reformanda – always reforming. Let none of us ever say “We have arrived. We’re good.” This is self-deception. We are not separate from the church. We are the part who has recognised that we as the church have not done enough to love neighbor. We are heartbroken over the sin in us and in our brothers and sisters. We are repentant. We rely on the cross to atone for our great sin. We are moving to bear fruit in keeping with repentance, to try no longer the patience of our loving Lord.