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Old 07-31-2009, 02:27 PM
Bill Bill is offline
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: las vegas
Posts: 59
Default Church Governance and individual discernment

I very much appreciate the remarks on church apostasy by George in post #4, and how it begins with people blindly following devious church leadership. I have heard Hebrews 13:17 "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch over your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: For that is unprofitable to you." used in a way that practically demands unthinking blind mental submission to church leaders and makes individual discernment appear as a sin. I know this is an extremely unbalanced view which ignores the commendation of the Bereans for checking the Apostle Pauls' preaching with scripture. I wonder if you have any thoughts on how to respond to this type of assertion (which is usually implied and promoted by psychological force rather than explicitly stated so that it would be subjected to rational thinking).