Tuesday, June 12, 2018
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:1,2 KJV).
While many want to lead in local assemblies, today’s Scripture issues a stern warning. They had better reconsider!
It is no secret that there are some individuals in local churches “teaching” the Bible who should not be teaching. How dangerous to be in such a leading role with so little (to no) skill in the Word of God. They should be students for several more years before being allowed to be teachers! For example, I have heard some “grace” preachers and teachers who have been “studying” the Bible “rightly divided” (supposedly) for at least two decades. Upon listening to their messages, however, I was shocked to discover they knew as much about the Bible as I or less (!)—and I have been studying it for just over one decade! There are some people at local assemblies who can teach the Bible but are not. This is partly because those who cannot teach, or who are promoting false doctrine, are holding the “teaching” position. How sad!
Being a teacher or preacher in a local church is quite a serious responsibility. Unfortunately, I am afraid that a good number serving in such a capacity are not undertaking their duties with gravity. There is much sloppiness and flippancy. Regrettably, some “grace” ministers are guilty of this, along with most denominational leaders. How such assemblies have not guarded against false teaching, both inside and out. They have not examined doctrine enough before appointing candidates to church management. Not only do they encourage God’s condemnation on themselves, they also incite His disapproval on the individuals they have selected to (mis)lead them.
Some church members study the Bible for just a few months or a couple years. Suddenly, they write and speak prolifically about what is and what is not sound doctrine. This is problematic, especially if they are still entertaining the most basic questions they have yet to answer. As today’s Scripture says, they need to exercise much more caution before becoming leaders….