|Men of Flesh|
The Story: Asaph needed to remind the rulers of Israel that they were mere men, subject to all the follies, foibles, and corruption (symbolized here by death) that any man could face. As he had shown in Psalm 73, temptation comes at us all the time. We must be prepared for it, recognize it, and – for the sake of God’s people (Ps. 73:15) – resist temptation and hold to the path of God’s Word. This the rulers were not doing. They were following a way that seemed right to them, a way which included heaping up riches, turning a blind eye to pagan influence and sin, and failing to rule the people with the justice and righteousness of God’s Law. This way, Asaph was bold to remind them, would ultimately lead to death (Prov. 14:12).
The Structure: Where are the Asaphs in today’s churches, bold to call their leadership to turn away from everything and anything that they cannot justify from the Word of God? We have inherited a culture of “doing church” that includes all kinds of forms, practices, and protocols which have little or no Scriptural foundation. And where the Scriptures are crystal clear about how Jesus intends to build His Church – pastors and teachers equipping the saints for works of ministry in their everyday lives (Eph. 4:11, 12) – we tend to be largely inconsistent. Our well-organized programs and well-meaning activities cannot substitute for the plain teaching of Scripture. Our churches will die if we do not feed and nurture them only on the sincere milk of God’s Word (1 Pet. 2:1-3).What recourse do people in your church have to approach their leadership with concerns? Have you ever used this recourse?
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