How Apostate Teachers Operate
When a shepherd is going to leave the holy commandment delivered unto him, and to turn aside to vain jangling, he generally circulates his new leaven in a private way, and biases the minds of all he can, before he brings the dregs of his heart out: and, if the majority seems against him, the assembly door is often thrown open a little wider than common, and numbers are admitted who come to spy out the saints’ liberty, and to bring them into bondage: by which means Christ is often turned out of doors; and, when He is gone, the faithful, by degrees, go after Him; till, in process of time, nothing is left behind but stubble, the refuse of the harvest. “The congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate.” (Job 15:34)
If a minister goes from his confession to the assembly, no wonder if members go from their professed subjection to him. If he departs from the faith, the faithful should depart from him. Their faith is not to stand in his wisdom, but in God’s power. He has no dominion over their faith, but is, or should be, a servant of the assembly, and a fellow-helper of their joy; for by faith they stand.