Preachers And Elders, Afraid Of The Congregation?

The congregation knows if the preacher and the elders are afraid of the pulpit.   By this we mean, the preacher knows what to preach and what not to preach, and the elders love to have it so because both are afraid of the consequences (I Sam. 15:24).  It is easier to appease than to afflict (2 Cor. 1:6; 11:24-33).  Are we nestled away in our own isolation?

Relative to gospel meetings, careful selection is made to find the right man who will not STIR up the brethren and cause them to remember the faith once delivered to the saints (2 Pet. 3:1; Jude 3).  Flattering words and fair speeches are preferred by both parties because they do not desire to debate the truth, thereby deceiving the hearts of the simple (Rom. 16:19).  Repeat preachers hold meetings because these men will not rock the ship of Zion (Isa. 3 0:10).

Liberalism.  PHOOEY!!!  It starts in the pulpit when all the gospel is not preached.  Thus, a perverted gospel breeds liberalism (Gal. 1:6-9; Phil. 1:15).  Congregations are lulled to sleep by bland and generic preaching, and liberalism gains a strong hold over the years because the truth was not preached neither was it defended.  Bible class teachers are expected to fall in line as we do not want to drive anyone away.   Then what?  Entertainment (FLC) replaces gospel preaching thinking this will cause the church to grow (Rom. 1:16).  “The truth of that statement is known before the method by which it is proven.”   A liberal point is “the end justifies the means.”

“If you believe in the gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”   This is Humanism.  “The absence of the principle is the main feature of liberalism.”  It is a negation of principle.  The fast-opening of liberalism, and its flower and its fruit follows its course, as popery (John 4:28).  Its fruit will sour as the wildest imagination of King Hazael (2 Kings 8:12-13).  If elders, preachers, and all members of the church, could see the end of liberalism, we would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago.

The strength of a congregation vibrates from the pulpit.  Elders are held accountable for what comes from the speakers (Acts 20:28-31).  Preachers are charged with the responsibility to preach the word – all of it (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim. 4:1-5).   Wishy-washy preaching, having it both ways, is at the tap root of all false doctrine (I Tim. 4:16).  “The truth (or falsity) of a proposition antedates the process by which it is verified, or refuted.”

The “Winds of change” work subtly through the pulpit and Bible classes in what is being taught and what is NOT BEING EXPOSED!  “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is false to the core!  We must KNOW THE GOSPEL AND OBEY IT in order to be saved (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

Elders must keep abreast to changes and alert to the correction and defense of the truth.   Sermons and Bible class literature should be scrutinized and examined by the elders.  Preachers who will not preach, stand, and defend the truth are like Hymenaeus, Alexander, and Diotrephes (I Tim. 1:18-20; 2 John 1:9-10).  O yes, they have a soul, but they cannot be saved without the truth they avoid.

While the world is frolicking its way to hell, many preachers and elders are being deceived by the same allurement leading precious souls astray including themselves.   Truly, the blood of the saints is the seed of the gospel!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Ps.107:2).  God will bless and save those who are faithful to his word (Rev. 22:18-20).

Note carefully how God chose to end his Word to us!

See you at judgment!

Bill Graddy

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