Saturday, June 27, 2015
Pastors - USE YOUR STAFF!
The problem is, as Paul said, that there will arise from within the church many who would lead sheep astray. Every day on television and over the radio false teaching of every sort, proclaiming to be Christian and biblical, may be heard. Elders of truly Bible-believing churches must become aware of the false teaching that is being propagated at any given time, and must instruct their members as to its unbiblical nature. They should be aware of any members of the congregation who have become so enamored of such error that they have begun to spread it among other members of the flock. They should preach and teach the truth so clearly that error stands out in stark contrast to it. Often, they must name names of false teachers as the apostle Paul frequently did in his letters. Otherwise, the sheep may not know whose teachings they should avoid. Elders may not be neutral about such matters; they must use the crook to snatch one sheep by the leg in order to keep him from falling over a precipice; another from following "a wolf in sheep's clothing." They must keep him out of caves where the devil's snakes and scorpions lie in wait, or clear the cave before allowing him to enter it. When these dangerous creatures have secretly crawled into their midst, they must use their staff to chase them away. . . .
A true shepherd is always intolerant to the nth degree of the wolf or anything else that may harm his flock.
Jay E. Adams, The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.19-20