Indeed, the church is “the pillar and ground of truth” (2 Tim 3:15), being its exclusive custodian and entrusted with heralding it to the ends of the earth. Thus, if the church draws back from preaching the truth on any subject, how are the people to be confronted with it? “How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14). To expect God to make the confrontation independently of the Word and of His duly authorized agents, is to presume upon Him. He may raise up others who are faithful to Him to preach, but there is no warrant whatever in Scripture for supposing that He will do the preaching in lieu of men. (Fred O. Blakely, Banner of Truth Vol. 51, 3)
As it was in brother Blakley’s time, so it is today, many in the churches have not been exposed to the whole counsel of God and as a result are indifferent toward many things that clearly laid out in the apostle’s doctrine. There are things, no doubt, that God will lay on the heart of men, convicting them concerning their manner of living but that conviction is not going to come apart from or in discord from His word. Our convictions are rightly shaped by the word of God but if we are never exposed to it, our convictions will come from another source and likely be contrary to God’s law.
So, if the Holy Spirit has inspired it, it is appropriate for us to proclaim it. Has God spoken concerning modest dress (1 Tim 2:9)? Assembling with the saints (Heb 10:25)? Manner of speech (Rom 16:18; 2 Cor 8:7; Col 4:6; Tit 2:8)? Diligence in work (2 Th 3:6-12)? Indeed He has and we must be diligent to share these things with the brethren that they may be well instructed in His counsel.
Brother Blakely concludes…
We need to remember the urging of James: “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (ch. 5:19-20). Such conversion, quite obviously, entails bring to the attention of the deviant brother the matter of his error. The work of the church in this connection is quite plain. It is to “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Tim 4:2). That is the means which God has ordained for the creation of a “conscience of sins” (Heb 10:2), and the laying aside of them. We have no indication from Him that these required effects will be brought about in any other way.
This is a good word for our time. Let the people of God be bold in declaring what God has said on any given subject. For in so doing, the hearers will be equipped to walk circumspectly concerning the matter and keep a clear conscience before God. It is a good work.
– brother Pat Woods