“¶ Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
¶ Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”
(Hebrews 13:17–18 ESV)
Somehow, I don’t think most of my readers have that verse on the refrigerator.
This site , for the most part has become anti- pastors.
It’s anti-authority, especially male ecclesiastical authority.
Oddly enough, I’m a male, and I’m a pastor.
Now, to be honest, I think male headship in the church is one of God’s sillier ideas and one that doesn’t seem congruent with what I know about female gifting and abilities.
However, He wrote it down in the manual that way and we all have to deal with it.
The Bible says that in the church there must be leaders, those leaders will be men, and the church should not only obey them, but honor them.
Really honor them.
“¶ Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”
(1 Timothy 5:17 ESV)
If you read here long enough you’ll come away with the impression that most think that pastors are dishonorable control freaks who want to run your life and steal your money to pay for their inevitable trophy wife.
It’s not true.
Most who have the title want to do nothing more than teach the word of God and care for your soul.
Most of us desire to act honorably in all things.
Not only is the perception of the clergy wrong, it’s sinful.
The Bible is clear that God made the offices of the church and puts His men in them to be representatives of Him.
There are men who fail to honor the office when in it…the Bible says to mark and rebuke them and we do.
It says to honor and obey the rest…and we don’t.
We need to repent lest we find ourselves fighting God.