Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Every Church Member Bears Responsibility For False Teaching

"If you sit and listen to trash being presented as the Word of God, you will be held responsible. Indeed, if you sit and listen to (my) teaching, you will bear some responsibility for it.

Every local church in Christendom, from Greek Orthodox to Pentecostal, from Roman Catholic to Baptist, from Episcopalian to Lutheran, from Presbyterian to Methodist, is congregational in nature. They exist only as the people continue to participate in their activities. When the people vote--whether at a congregational meeting or (where that's not allowed) with their funds or their feet--the leaders of the congregation must listen. They don't have to agree, but they must listen. The congregation will have their say. That's a simple fact. It is like gravity. It is just a matter of the way things work."

Mark Dever
From 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (pg. 225)

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