A Biblical Call to Pastoral Vigilance

Guarding Christ’s flock of believers from spiritual danger remains one of the most neglected pastoral duties in today’s church. In addition to commissioning spiritual sentinels to watch over His flock by directing them into truth and righteousness, God has charged these sentinels to protect the flock from doctrinal error and personal sin. Ezekiel 3, 33 and Acts 20 provide clear instruction on the “why’s” and “how’s” of being a “pastoral watchman.” Christ’s shepherding example and pastoral exhortations through church history urge today’s shepherds to undertake their watchman responsibilities faithfully. Undershepherds of the flock will be good servants and obedient imitators of the Chief Shepherd when they regularly watch for and warn of encroaching spiritual dangers.