The modern evangelical church in large part has been reflecting ignorance of God’s command to worship Him as Israel did. Not only has He commanded worship but He has declared the way He desires His people to worship Him. The church has been deceived with the teaching of some that the church is about fellowship or relationships with one another. The Bible teaches that fellowship in the church is a propositional truth because all believers are “in Christ.” Relationships with one another are meaningful if based in Christ.
One of the last concerns of the Apostle Paul was leadership in the church. He knew that the church would be invaded by false teachers. He wrote that people would surround themselves with those who would tickle their ears (2 Timothy 4:3). He knew that the only remedy was for the leaders in the church to be fully convinced of the absolute sufficiency of the word of God. He said that there would be terrible times in the last days. He said that people would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, irreverent, brutal and not lovers of the truth. Of course, as we read 2 Timothy 3:1-5, we immediately think of the world around us. But, the sobering reality is that Paul was not speaking about the world. He was declaring what would happen in the church. He said there would be people having an appearance of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
The answer Paul gave to two pastors, Timothy and Titus, was to select a few good men to lead the church under Christ. The answer is still the same. The Southern Kingdom of Israel had a few good men who did what was right. Likewise, the church of Jesus Christ, now more than ever, needs a few good men to lead in submission to the word of God.
We don’t need new ideas, youth movements or so-called “missional” emphases in the church. The answer is biblical leadership. May the Lord rise up a few good men in every Bible believing church and may we recognize them.
Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).