Some brethren want to establish a precedence by laying down a rule which sounds something like this: “Elders’ decision should never be questioned.”
This idea is dangerous. The caution I state are based on the following reasons:
- It is inconsistent with the Church of Christ dogmas like “Back to the Bible” and “Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent.” When human elders act selfishly and ignorantly contratry to the precepts of the Bible, elders should be reminded of their mistakes.
- It disregards the warning of Apostle Paul about elders in Acts 20:17-18 and 29-30 where he warned the elders/bishops that from among themselves will come out false teachers.
- It disregards the example of Apostle Paul in Galatians 2:11 wherein Paul confronted Elder Peter who was even an inspired apostle because Peter was inconsistent.
- It disregards the warning of in 1John 4:1 to test every spirit. Testing requires questioning to measure their consistency with God’s law.
- Elders in the Rich___ congregation in the Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas area decided to allow musical instruments in one of their worship services. All of us raised our concerns. Elders in Benguet and Pangasinan questioned the elders in Texas. Should elders in Baguio be granted the status of “Infallibility” while all other elders in the whole world are not? (Eusebio Tanicala)