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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

True Shepherds PROTECT the Flock

Because true shepherds must put the flock first, and view heretics and schismatics as nothing less than wolves who seek to devour the sheep in Christ's "little flock," they must expose and oppose [false teachers] for what they are.  That note of deep concern for the sheep is what is missing in so many churches today.  The feeble note struck instead is, "Let us all learn to live in peace with one another even though we differ;" or "I don't say you're wrong; it's just that we differ." . . .  True shepherds will never allow the sheep to be attacked without attempting to protect them.

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.27, 28

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