It is estimated that only one in twenty Christians share the gospel with others. A much smaller percentage ever get around to making disciples (which is the calling of the church in Matthew 28:19). One of the biggest reasons Christians are not making more disciples is because of a lack of understanding of accountability in the church. Many are critical of the organized church, even while attending, and respond by avoiding a deeper commitment to ministry opportunities. While this may protect them from “being hurt again,” it actually hinders their spiritual development and pursuit of their destiny (of which they are singularly accountable). Hebrews 10:25 warns: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but much the more as you see the Day approaching.” I believe the “some” are those who claim a “spiritual high road” by not attending or attending on a superficial level and are those who are refusing accountability. These Christians represent the ball player who quits the team over a dispute before playing in the big game. Whereas the Christians who are accountable to their church leadership are better team players and more capable of teaching accountability and discipleship to others. If the church does not teach this importance of accountability, we remain unprotected from another danger: wolves who prey upon this lack of accountability….
What do you think about accountability in the church today?