Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Biblical Proof

It was Jesus Christ who said to the Pharisees of his day, “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9).  If the law we follow doesn’t come from Jesus or his apostles, it is wrong. Absolutely wrong! Any perversion from the gospel and doctrine of Christ are for the accursed (Gal. 1:6-9).

It was the apostles who called for elders in every church, qualified by the word, spoken by the Holy Spirit (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). We should gladly live under the oversight of such chosen men (Heb. 13:1’7). But even elders can go astray, and some did go astray “to draw away disciples after them.” For three years Paul warned the elders at Ephesus against this very thing (Acts 20:28-31). This warning went unheeded.

Such elders feel their importance, and become as “LORDS OVER GOD’S HERITAGE;” 1 Peter 5:3  This is no reflection on faithful elders. But let elders everywhere realize the following:

1) Elders are not the Lord’s legislators. They can’t make laws nor alter laws. Elders err when they try to enforce their opinions, or the opinions of others, upon the brethren.

2) Elders are just men (good men, if they are faithful elders) but mortal men, nevertheless. No power to bind, no power to loose. They are not more pure than their MAKER. (Job 4:17) They can’t go beyond that which was written. (1 Cor 4:6)

Instrumental music in church worship; church supported colleges, societies, orphanages, Herald of Truth (human institutions) in church work came in through weak elders being pressured by strong preachers and teachers into opening up the church treasury for their life blood. No matter how many elders order the above things, every one of them is absolutely wrong. Preachers and elders should not preach their opinions either publicly or privately, for, says the Holy Spirit: “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet. 4:11). Not if any man speaks, let him speak his opinions. If opinions were not preached, opinions would not have to be debated. Therefore divisions could be avoided. Holding an opinion as faith does not make it faith. “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” (Rom. 10: 17) Opinion is what one believes, where the word of God failed to speak.

True elders go by the book, and that book is the bible. “Anyone who abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. (2 Jn 9) If we have not God, we have not Christ. If we have not Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Cor 15:19)

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Comments on: "True Elders Go By The Book" (2)

  1. Theresa-ann van Niekerk ( Tessa ) said:

    Hi Al, We don’t have any qualified elders. Our membership numbers have down-sloped slowly but steady over time with many straying from services for different reasons, including myself. I had returned two years ago. There was a division in our congregation many years ago and half had left to worship elsewhere in our town. My question is……..If we don’t have any qualified elders,…. ( our leadership, all of who have studied the bible in depth is to me a mixed confusion….as one man divorced his wife, not because of adultery and remarried, another man married a woman who has been married before, though there are a couple of more upright men within the leadership. We have a hired preacher who is well educated, but insists to me that he has authority over women, to justify his behaviour, when encouraging the entire assembly to repeat words after him during his preachings. ) … are we in danger.?
    Please know that I am not trying to make trouble for our Church, and that I am still learning. I was in the past what one would call a sleeping Christian, but I have awoken, and so eager to learn, change in all and every way to be worthy and pleasing to our Lord. I am nowhere near perfect or better than anyone else. Just want to know the truth.

    In Christian Love
    Tessa

    • Truly sister Theresa you are in a bad place and need to guard your very soul daily. I don’t know the exact circumstances as to why your congregation has no elders, but the absence of such places each member in peril. A preacher or so called church leaders are not responsible for your soul. It will be up to you to guard yourself against the wolves which will come in among you, if they are not already there. I would suspect if members are committing adultery, the wolves are already there. The best you can do is to search the scriptures daily to make sure what is being preached is truth, and to not do what sinful members are doing. If it is possible, you might also seek a sound congregation nearby. My prayers shall be truly with you and pray God that he will guard and protect you.

      In Christian Love,
      Al

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