Accountability is something none of us really desire in our lives. By nature, even the good-natured human beings, are intrinsically rebels. We like the freedom of doing what we want, when we want, with no strings attached. We do not want to have to explain ourselves to someone else or be responsible for the care of someone else.
By refusing to have, misunderstanding, or misapplying accountability we open ourselves up to dictators or anarchy. Leaders who refuse to be accountable to the people they serve and the governing documents that define their responsibilities become dictators. Groups of people who refuse to be accountable to the laws that govern a land and those that enforce those laws become anarchists.
Far too many churches have existed without a proper understanding and/or a misapplication of Biblical accountability, and have ceased to be a beacon of light to the freedom and liberty found in the Truth of God’s Word and the resurrected life of Christ. They have become places of dark misery, places that enslave people to license or legalism.
If we are going to fulfil our purpose as the house of God (if we are going to continue for years to come pointing people to the path and key to victory, if we are going to be a place that shines as a beacon of light to the freedom and liberty found in the Truth of God’s Word and the resurrected life of Christ), we must have a proper understanding of Biblical accountability and a proper application of Biblical accountability. Biblical accountability is all part of proper care. We must care to correct, we must care to support, but we must care to account.
Paul begins addressing accountability with the responsibility the house of God has to account for its leaders. With pastoral accountability being a hot topic, one can find this passage challenging, but also refreshing. Here Paul, under the sovereign direction of the Holy Spirit, plainly spells out for us pastoral accountability.
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