Friday, June 26, 2015
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