Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ministers Are Not Infallible

Ideally, pastors are humble people who will listen to congregants when they have a concern and consider what they have to say, especially when it is an issue in Scripture.  But this is not always the case, unfortunately.  Pastors are not without error, and this is another reason we should be in our Bibles daily, learning directly from God's Word.

Here is an excellent paper written by the late J.C. Ryle, titled, The Fallibility of Minsters.  It covers the passage Galatians 2:11-16 and these points:
I. The first lesson is, that great ministers may make great mistakes.
II. The second is, that to keep the truth of Christ in His Church is even more important than to keep peace.
III. The third is, that there is no doctrine about which we ought to be so jealous as justification by faith without the deeds of the law.
"The lesson is one that we all need. We are all naturally inclined to lean upon man whom we can see, rather than upon God whom we cannot see. We naturally love to lean upon the ministers of the visible Church, rather than upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd, and Bishop, and High Priest, who is invisible. We need to be continually warned and set upon our guard."

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