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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Protect the Sheep by Exposing the Wolves

Clearly, if we were to place the truths taught in this passage [1 Timothy 4:1,2,6] into a shepherding context we would be told that a good shepherd advises sheep about false teachers who will turn from Christianity and teach demonic beliefs.  But that is precisely where people hesitate today.  They consider such "advice" heresy hunting!  But to obey Paul's command would mean that some of those who have set forth these teachings would not only be exposed for their  false teachings, but also that they would be shown to be hypocrites and liars who have little or no pangs of conscience about what they are doing to God's sheep.  Doubtless, this advice would also contain powerful scriptural arguments used as a rod to demolish the errors propagated and to establish the sheep in the truth.  The rod would be employed so effectively by a faithful elder that he would "stop their mouths," as Paul told Titus to do (Titus 1:11).

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.19-20


Anonymous said...

Gosh, Glen: posting that the elders of ones church should be guarding against false doctrines and false teachers and preachers is to be commended? According to my local conservative baptist church elders? That statement is playing to RUFF!

I mean to say that my churches elder board prefers to ignore any questions about heretical books in the churches library. Or questions on what false teacher (Brennan Manning) books are being promoted right up behind the pulpit Sunday morning!

Add on that the in-ter-rumm pastor this same elder board hired? Had to be GOOGLED by congregation members and found to have dozens of affairs in his past churches.
Getting that kind of information from church attendees did nothing but make the elder board even more cranky and closed off than usual. The end of days may be nearer than we think....

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Most church leaders today have abdicated their responsibility to their flock. They should remember James 3:1