x137.........Pastoral authority takes credit for what the word of God does when we misunderstand Hebrews 13 17
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17, KJV).
This verse--or rather the first half of this verse--when taken out of context--and combined with other words that are simply not here (authority--pastor)--has been used to establish a scripturally incorrect form of church government.
This verse--or rather the first half of this verse--when taken out of context--and combined with other words that are simply not here (authority--pastor)--has been used to lead people into the concept of "pastoral authority"--"submitting to spiritual leaders"--"submitting to authority"--"obey Godly rule"--"Obey them that are over you"---Most of us are "under" someone--we all need to be "under a pastor"--etc--etc.
But what this verse really says, when we take it in context and define the words by the Bible itself, and NOT BY OUR EXPERIENCE--we will realize that this verse tells us something quite wonderful--
It says really-- we should "obey" (give heed to--listen to)--them that serve us or minister to us (have the rule--Greek: hegeomai--which Jesus defines as service in Matthew 20, Mark 10 and Luke 22)--and "submit"--(cooperate with) them---as they give us the word of God (account--logos) which will benefit our souls.
This is why, you can listen to almost any Bible teachings--from almost any source--and it is the word of God coming thorough that person that will benefit you.
The problem is that man has traditionally taken credit for the work of the word of God. "Pastoral authority" takes the credit for what the word of God accomplishes. The incorrect teaching of "submitting to authority" comes in and takes credit for the benefit that we receive when we listen to (obey) the word of God as it is taught to us by another Christian who is serving God (again--"have the rule" = "service"!!) by teaching us.
Pastoral authority takes the credit for what God's word does.
And the average Christian gets confused. Many many Christians believe it is their "submission to authority" that is what benefits them---but this is the operation of the wrong kingdom.
Jesus tells us that it is the kingdom of the Gentles that operates in his specific way--
"And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors." (Luke 22:25, KJV).
It is not the authority of the pastor--or the authority of Christian leadership which benefits us--it is the word of God coming through that person which benefits us.
"Submitting to authority" is not in the new testament Bible--and it should not be the operating government within the church.