MY PASTOR SAID! Honor or Hero worship?
MY PASTOR SAID! Honor or Hero worship?

MY PASTOR SAID! Honor or Hero worship?

“According to my Pastor” “As my Pastor always says.” 

To some, the above is a red flag, such persons must have been brainwashed by their Pastors. Can’t you explain from the bible without mentioning Pastor? Why quote your Pastor?

If I do frequently, have I been manipulated? Where do I draw the line?

First thing to note is that it is not wrong to quote or reference your Pastor. Stay with me!

To get a good perspective, we need to first consider the role of a Pastor in the church. 

In Ephesians 4:7-9, we find that a Pastor is a gift from God to a certain people. He has the responsibility and grace to nurture believers committed to his care to maturity. He is to feed the sheep of God (John 21:16), hence he must seek out the right diet for the sheep. In fact, the bible instructs us to obey and submit to our Spiritual leaders, because they keep watch over our souls, and they will give account to the Lord for their work over us. Hebrews 13:17 It’s that deep.

This indicates that the Pastor occupies a position of influence over his members. He is a teacher, a trainer, counsellor, bearer of burdens etc. Further, there is a rebuttable presumption that a Pastor is an authority when it comes to bible understanding and spiritual things. He occupies a position of trust and for these reasons believers would often trust their Pastors. Why wouldn’t you though?

It therefore makes sense that just like people would quote authorities in their field because they recognize the level of wisdom such persons have achieved; some would even quote Plato, Aristotle at every opportunity, believers quote their Pastors for same reason.

It makes sense that just like people would quote authorities in their field because they recognize the level of wisdom of such persons, believers also can quote their Pastors. Click To Tweet

Moreover, it is human to sound like the person you listen to or read often. Just like you will find traits of the Father in the child who shares intimacy with him because of the proximity, trust and influence, same holds for the Pastor-church member relationship.

Is there a line that should not be crossed?

The bible is the line. The loyalty of the Christian must first be to God and his Word, not to the Pastor. We are only to adhere to our Pastors, to the extent that they align with that which is written and the doctrine of Christ. In 1Corinthians 4:6, Paul admonished the saints to only think of men in accordance with the scriptures.

The loyalty of the Christian must first be to God and his Word, not to the Pastor. We are only to adhere to our Pastors, to the extent that they align with that which is written and the doctrine of Christ. Click To Tweet

What if my Pastor says something that clearly contradicts the scriptures? I do not have to receive or restate same. Paul said to imitate him as he imitates Christ. That is the line. The believer is not mandated to agree or follow blindly. This however is not a ground for the believer to be unruly to his leaders. He is supposed to handle such instance with grace. Ask questions, your Pastor could have been misconstrued. He could be communicating a truth you do not understand yet. What you do not do is jump on board, even when you don’t understand.

The believer is not mandated to follow blindly. This however is not a ground for the believer to be unruly to his leaders. He is supposed to handle instances of disagreement with grace. Click To Tweet

Finally, beyond quoting Pastor, it is proper to gain understanding and be able to teach same things, as learnt from the Pastor in line with scriptures. The proof that a Spiritual leader has done a good job, is that the members have understanding and are growing based on such. It is not so much about the ability to mindlessly restate teachings or statements without understanding.

It is not so much about the ability to mindlessly restate teachings or statements It is more about gaining understanding, growing and being able to teach same things. Click To Tweet

Paul instructed Timothy, to commit all that he has heard from him to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2Timothy2:2. We must ponder on what has been said, seeking to understand, before teaching same. Although we do not find the Apostles quoting Jesus verbatim in many places, they however reflected what they learnt from him in their teachings and even explained further by the help of the Spirit.  John in his letter proclaimed that it is the same message they received from Christ (Their Teacher) that they passed to the people.  1John 1:5

Wear the badge of your local church proudly. Always seek to honor your Pastors privately and publicly, but never esteem anyone above the written word. Click To Tweet

Wear the badge of your local church proudly. Always seek to honor your Pastors privately and publicly, but never esteem anyone above the written word. 

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