Adam, when he had just sinned in the garden, was afraid when God confronted him with the question “Who told you that you were naked?”
No doubt he did not expect that question. Now, suddenly the whole dreadful confrontation shifted to matters of epistemology and authority.
So it has been ever since that men, who seek to justify their deviations from dependence upon the Word of God as their sole sufficient rule of faith and practice, fail to take into consideration what answer they will give to Him who asks for an accounting of their stewardship.
Ministers of the New Covenant ought to give forethought to the Day of Questioning as they lead their churches. We will receive a “stricter judgment” and without doubt, how we led the Lord’s people will be a matter of questioning. “When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand?” is a fearful question indeed. Surely it will not do to reply “the worship team which was given me; they thought that one up!”
Oh that ministers today would rethink what it is they are doing! Would that we all would look afresh at the worship and service that we bring on the Lord’s Day to see if there be any deviation from the revealed will of the Head of that body, His Church. Two very prominent personages of the Old Covenant were asked the fearful question “Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
God grant us all this necessary fear of speaking and doing against Revelation of Jesus Christ as regards His Church.