So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:11-15
As the apostle Paul addressed the disciples in Ephesus about becoming mature and settled in the teachings of the church, nowhere does he mentions enforcers. Yet today there are those amongst the believers that feel they have the God given authority to be God’s enforcer in their local congregation, and throughout the brotherhood of believers.
Paul said; Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service. Enforcers are not mentioned in the list of equippers Paul gave. Jesus gave equippers, not enforcers. Equippers meant to equip, build up, bring unity, knowledge, maturity and the fullness of Christ to His disciples. All this so that His followers could speak the truth in love, grow and become mature.
Those of the enforcer mentality actually are counter productive. They criticize, they find fault, they judge and defeat those they attack. Rather than building up the body, they tear it apart. All this is often done in the name of sound doctrine. But, is it really? When the enforcers behavior weakens the body by destroying parts of it, they are not promoting a sound body of believers. These enforcers need equippers themselves, so they may learn to speak the truth in love, not enforce the truth.
May we all strive to be equippers, and encouragers, not enforcers. Many more will go on to maturity in the faith if they are equipped properly. They then will become the next generation of equippers.
© 2017 Leo J. Woodman