These are the two necessary compenents of successfully passing truth. We are ineffective as preachers if we err to one side to the exclusion of the other. We all have a tendency to one side or the other. Which ever of these two aspects of leadership we lack we must prayerfully ask God to give us grace to produce it.
- To err to the side of commanding makes one a dictator.
- To err to the side of commanding is lazy; it is much easier, but it puts truth in noones heart. A person who is only commanded, but not taught, will soon rebel.
- Erring to the side of commanding will quickley get you external compliance, but will never produce interal faith.
- Erring to the side of commanding will produce fear of man, but never faith in God.
- Erring to the side of commanding will compliment the preachers image, but will not conform to Christ's image.
By this I mean the tendancy of some to say, "My job is to just teach. It is then left up to them to comply." While I agree this is the approach to some, however it cannot be the approach to all. A true leader will insist that at least his leaders comply. You cannot have a strong church when everything is optional, and nothing is absolute.
- Erring to the side of only teaching is cowardice.
- Erring to the side of only teaching will never produce responsible leaders.
- Erring to the side of only teaching will never produce a faithful foundation.
- Erring to the side of only teaching will produce crowds, but not disciples.
COMMAND OR TEACH
I must also point out that some things are meant to be taught and some are meant to be commanded. God give us the discernment to know the difference.
- We are to teach what concerns Christian liberty.
- We are to command and teach what concerns Christian doctrine.
We need ministries that have grace and strength to command and teach, and to know when to do what.