Thursday, February 11, 2010

What happens when Elders don't do their job?

Elders: want to know what happens when you fail in your duties to guard the purity of the Church? Want to know what will become of the flock God has entrusted into your care when you don't study the current theological controversies in your denomination; when you think "it's better for my pastor to deal with this"? Then, take a look at Al Mohler's latest blog post titled "Vanishing Christianity -- A Lesson from the Presbyterians."

Mohler makes some sad but accurate points. Based on the latest "Presbyterian Panel" survey (2008), only 36% of PCUSA church members either "disagree" or "strongly disagree" with the statement "only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved." Mohler points out that elders are slightly more "conservative" than other church members, but does it even matter any more?

"Theological compromise appeared first among the pastors, theologians, church executives, and seminary professors," Mohler writes. Elders: are you on Candidates and Credentials committees? Do you take an active role in examining what Pastors and Professors seeking ordination in or transfer into your Presbytery (and denomination) believe? If you don't, you can expect that in less than 100 years, your denomination will look exactly like the PCUSA.

"Make no mistake," Mohler concludes, "in the end, vanishing theological boundaries will amount to vanishing Christianity."

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