Thursday Thought — “Because I’m the Pastor” doesn’t cut it
If a pastor expects you to accept his words based solely on his position, he is operating under false authority. The following GEM is an excerpt from Johnson and Van Vonderen’s book, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, [affiliate link*] p115
Is it possible for one person, or one group of leaders, to comprehend all that’s in God’s Word? Not likely. God’s living Word is demonstrated through all who are seeking Him, regardless of ‘rank’. In some areas of life, many areas perhaps, those in the pews will have more real authority from having tested and lived out God’s Word in situations God will never choose to lead the pastor through. (i.e. abuse) If He is the Shepherd of the flock, then I as a pastor must listen to what He is saying through the flock, remembering that I too am a follower of Him.