Gospel preachers have a huge responsibility, and few, if any, of God’s preachers have ever been popular. Why? Because they have the task of telling people what they need to hear, instead of what they want to hear, and that will make no one popular.
God spoke to Israel through the prophet Ezekiel, “I appoint you as a watchman to the house of Israel; and whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall warn them from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you say nothing to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thy hand.”
The tendency to apostasy is ever present. It appeared even during the lives of the apostles. Paul warned that the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine, but having itching ears, would heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts, and be turned away from the truth and turned to fables. (2 Tim 4:3,4)
Evangelists and elders are constantly at grips with this tendency. They must warn people whether they want to be warned or not. Woe unto those who do not warn! (1 Cor 9:16) Preachers are commanded to preach the word in season and out, which is another way of saying: preach whether it’s popular to do so or not. Elders are commanded to watch for the souls of the flock over which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers. (Acts 20:28) A preacher or an elder cannot shut his mouth when error or worldliness arises in the church without having the blood of those people who should have been warned upon his own hands.
It is the responsibility of every teacher of the Word of Almighty God to fearlessly preach it without favor, and without compromise. The faithfulness of the church depends upon the willingness of preachers, elders and teachers to apply the Word of God to the lives of men.
God foreordained from the foundation of the world that we be conformed to the linage of his Son. Unless the wicked is warned of the error of his way this purpose cannot be fulfilled in man, and his blood God will require.
Elders have the power over the local church to hire preachers who are either willing to preach the unadulterated gospel or not. Those who yield to such pressure of hiring compromising preachers have the blood of their congregation upon their own hands. In this wicked and perverse generation I am a witness against many elders and preachers who have succumbed to the wants of their congregation, as opposed to their needs.
Any man who occupies the place of a watchman in the house of God, and who does not warn the wicked night and day of the error of their way, is unfaithful to his trust and can expect the same end of those he has lead astray. We may be hated among denominations, and despised among strayed brethren, but it is our duty to speak where the bible speaks and to remain silent where the bible is silent. (1 Pet 4:11) We have the obligation to preach the book, chapter and verse gospel of Christ. (Gal 1:6-9) As Paul said of himself, even so we must say of ourselves: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16) Woe unto all who abide not in the doctrine of Christ and his blessed apostles! (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9)