We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pastoral Neglect

There are too many elders who fail to take their shepherdly managing "work" seriously. . . .  [They] do not warn the flock of dangerous trends in the church, will not go after straying sheep, and will not counsel them when they are perplexed about problems.  They have laid aside their staffs.  This deplorable situation concerning elders and flocks is what is found in many (should I say "most"?) congregations today!  It must be remedied.  Until it is, and biblical shepherding is reestablished in congregations, the church will become riddled with error and falsehood, and grow farther and farther away from its Lord.

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.19

1 comment:

ali said...

MANY things are being neglected, overlooked or ignored in church leadership today. For one, The Word of God.

It will be interesting in the coming months to see the churches response to the legalization of sodomy.!!!.