- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 10:41
Genesis 2 and 3 indicate that God has invested us with the power to choose. He allows us to choose, whether our choice is right or wrong, and deals with us on the basis of our choices. A brother may therefore choose to withdraw from his responsibility as an overseer. Either the Lord entrusted him with that responsibility (Acts 20:28) or he assumed it himself. In either case, he will answer to his Lord for the state of the flock (Heb 13:17b).
The Lord has promised to give sufficient spiritual strength (1Co 12:9) and physical endurance (1Ti 4:10, "the Preserver of all men," JND) for the work He entrusts. He intends to refine him by means of every trial (Heb 12:9-11) He allows. These truths seem to remove most reasons a man could give for withdrawing.
On the other hand, a man’s fellow elders may discern that he is discouraged because of his own failings, family or assembly difficulties, or disappointments regarding assembly practices or even principles. In this case, he needs care and encouragement from the other elders. Shepherds should shepherd shepherds.