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An Epidemic Of “Weaker-Brother” Pastors!

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Scripture: Romans 14:1-23
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Contributor: Joel Webbon

R. C. Sproul preached a sermon called “The Tyranny of the Weaker Brother.” His premise comes from Romans 14. He talks about how the church should welcome the weaker brother into membership with grace, but he warns of the weaker brother’s tendency to be a tyrant towards the rest of the body. The weaker brother, due to his weaker faith and underdeveloped conscience, has a bad habit of adding the traditions of men to the laws of God. Unfortunately, he often does not do this merely for himself but for others. For example, the weaker brother will frequently insist that their fellow church members (and especially their pastor) not drink alcohol, even though Scripture permits the righteous enjoyment of alcohol to the glory of God. And yet, churches should welcome the weaker brother into membership, and be willing in certain contexts to lay down their liberties in order to avoid becoming a stumbling block for him. But should the church welcome the weaker brother as their pastor? If the Apostle Paul labels the one whose conscience is wrongfully bound by man-made traditions as objectively “weaker,” should this individual be in a position of authority over those who are objectively “stronger.” Clearly, Paul’s point has to do with faith. Therefore, the weaker brother is not merely “weaker” in some kind of abstract way. Rather, in accordance with Scripture, the weaker brother possesses less faith than his other brothers and sisters in Christ. Such a man should be graciously welcomed into the church. But is there not a serious problem, when the church is led by those with the least amount of faith? In these cases, by virtue of both the individual’s person and position, the church becomes a context for mass tyranny. Man-made traditions become church wide “requirements” that everyone is commanded to follow, despite Christ having purchased freedom from such traditions by the costly price of his own blood. Is there currently a national (and even global) “epidemic” of weaker brothers filling our churches’ pulpits. Wearing a mask is not a law of God, and yet, many of our puny-faith pastors have wrongfully bound the consciences of all their congregants in this regard. The same can be said of pastors requiring vaccines for worship, or segregating the people of God according to vaccination status. Possessing a conscience that is so poorly shaped is not a disqualification for salvation (membership in Christ’s church), but should it be a disqualification for eldership? Would not the Apostle Paul expect the office of elder to be filled by stronger brothers? The past couple years have appeared to prove that a vast number of Evangelical churches are being led by the weakest among us, according to clear biblical standards. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content like this! To Order  @AD ‘s new book: https://adrobles.com/

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An Epidemic Of “Weaker-Brother” Pastors!

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Scripture: Romans 14:1-23
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Contributor: Joel Webbon

R. C. Sproul preached a sermon called “The Tyranny of the Weaker Brother.” His premise comes from Romans 14. He talks about how the church should welcome the weaker brother into membership with grace, but he warns of the weaker brother’s tendency to be a tyrant towards the rest of the body. The weaker brother, due to his weaker faith …

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Why Did Pastor Joel Leave Acts 29?

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Scripture: Micah 6:8
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Culture & Politics, Justice, False Doctrine, Contributor: Joel Webbon

It has come to my attention that Pastor Joel used to be a member in the Acts 29 Network. Why did he choose to leave? What would he say to those who currently belong to an Acts 29 Church?

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What Do You Think About The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-71 Timothy 3:14-161 Timothy 3:8-13Titus 1:10-11Titus 1:9
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Christianity Today has been airing a podcast called “The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill.” What are your specific thoughts about this podcast? And what are your more general thoughts about what happened with Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill?

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Is David Platt Responsible For The Division At McLean Bible Church?

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Scripture: Titus 1:10-11
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

McLean Bible Church recently held a congregational meeting where one of the long-standing members was removed from the sanctuary by security. There has been a growing sense of division at the church surrounding issues of social justice and racial reconciliation. So who’s to blame? Is David Platt, the senior pastor of McLean Bible Church, responsible for this division?

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Your Pastor When He May Be in Sin

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:19-25
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

What is the difference between bringing a “charge” and bringing a “concern” to your pastors? The Bible allows for both, but we must diligently discern between the two, and exercise true humility as we approach those who have been appointed in positions of spiritual authority.

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The True Meaning of “Where Two or More Are Gathered”

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:19-25
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Matthew 18:20 is one of the most misinterpreted texts in Scripture. Watch this clip as Pastor Joel explains the true meaning of, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

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3 Biggest Threats Facing The Southern Baptist Convention

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-151 Timothy 2:1-81 Timothy 2:9-151 Timothy 3:1-71 Timothy 3:14-161 Timothy 3:8-13Ephesians 5:1-33
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church History, Church Polity, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel Webbon asks Pastor Tom Ascol to explain what he sees as the biggest threats currently facing the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the ensuing battle for biblical faithfulness.

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Are Churches That Only ‘Live-Stream’ In Sin?

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Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25Hebrews 3:12Hebrews 3:13Matthew 18:17-20Revelation 1:10-16
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church History, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Corporate Prayer, Lord's Supper, Worship, False Doctrine, Doctrine of Worship, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Even among Christians who are convinced that the saints’ weekly gathering is “essential,” many remain suspicious of the church’s true necessity. This suspicion is likely due to the fact that many Christians fail to understand precisely how the church is “unique.” In our day, there appears to be an alarming amount of Christians who are simply unaware of what actually …

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Rebuilding The Patriarchy

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-15Ephesians 5:1-33Genesis 1:1-31Genesis 2:1-25Genesis 3:1-24Titus 2Titus 2:3-5
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Biblical Manhood, Biblical Womanhood, Submission to Authority, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church History, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Corporate Prayer, Lord's Supper, Worship, Church Discipline, Church Polity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel sits down for a conversation with Michael Foster and Bnonn Tennant from “It’s Good To Be A Man.” They discuss biblical patriarchy, gendered piety, church polity, women in civil government, and a whole lot more. You’re not going to want to miss this episode!

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Should Churches Be Governed By The Congregation?

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Scripture: Acts 6:1-6Matthew 18:15-17Matthew 18:17-20
Topics: Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Membership, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church History, Church Polity, Church Unity, Church Polity, Corporate Prayer, Lord's Supper, Worship, Church Discipline, Church Polity, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Culture & Politics, Justice, Biblical Manhood, Biblical Womanhood, Submission to Authority, Submission to Authority, Contributor: Joel Webbon

What degree of authority should the members of a congregation have in their local church? Should pastors/elders have authority over everything, or should the congregation bear some measure of authority? If so, what specific things should the members of a congregation have authority over?