Stop Signing Those Checks!
By Leamon Stewart
In this generation faithful preachers are giving their lives to proclaim the unadulterated Truth, in an effort to keep Christ's church on the strait and narrow road which leads to heaven (Matt. 7:13-20). There are those, standing in pulpits across our land, proclaiming doctrines that are so perverted or watered-down that they would be welcomed in most denominational pulpits. In fact, some have accepted these denominational invitations. Others have departed so far from the truth that some of the denominations will not accept them. How can this be happening with the safeguards that God has built within his church?
God has built within the church of Christ a three safeguard to help preserve the purity and integrity of each congregation:
The mouths of most of these false teachers would soon be shut if elders would meet their God-given responsibilities:
For elders to fulfill their God-given duty they must study God's Word and be aware of the issues facing the Lord's church. They cannot "stop the mouths" of false teachers if they do not know who they are or what error is.
Why do some elders continue financially to back these false teachers? When one looks closer at the issue, he learns it is for one or more of the following reasons:
Elders who are not willing to fulfill their God-given duty of tending and guarding the flock should resign. Congregations ought to select men as elders who love the Lord, the Truth, and the church and who will uphold and defend the purity of spotless things (Eph. 5:25-27).
If elders stopped signing checks supporting false teaching, it would be astounding how fast mouths would be stopped. Elders, preachers, and individual members have a God-given responsibility to do what they can to preserve purity of doctrine and practice.
Thank God for faithful elders standing four-square on God's Word, striving to protect the flock, and defend, the faith. Every saint should esteem highly godly elders who are fulfilling their duty to God and the local congregation. Let them know you stand solidly behind them in their defense of the Truth (Jude 3; 1 Pet. 4:11).