Have you ever thought of the prophet Ezekiel as a fortunate man? In fact, he was; he was fortunate because the Lord chose him; with this choosing by the Lord, he had a tremendous responsibility placed on him. If he failed this responsibility, the Lord would call him to account (Ezekiel 3:20). Ezekiel was a prophet of God, a preacher with an obligation to the Lord and to the people to whom he preached.
Under the authority of the New Testament, elders in the Lord’s church are the watchmen (Acts 20:28), but it would be a mistake to think the preacher was not also a watchman (1 Timothy 4). What is a watchman? A watchman is one who knows that what the Lord revealed is right and that it must be proclaimed. In the context of the New Testament, the preacher must proclaim the “whole counsel of God,” not just the portions of scripture that people want to hear. Ezekiel warned the people of his day of the error in religious teachings. Does your preacher do that or does he not want to make others unsettled in what he preaches? Is your preacher a watchman? All of the Lord’s preachers are!