I hope everyone who reads this and everyone everywhere can say confidently that their church organization does not have dictatorial or dominating leadership. The Bible provides rules and guidelines for pastors and informs us that they will face stricter judgment from God. Sadly, church organizations have not always held an honorable position in this regard.
In the early 1500’s, Martin Luther rocked the religious world by challenging the Roman Catholic Church on doctrine and theology. Luther argued that eternal life is the free gift of God and cannot be earned with good behavior. He challenged the authority of the Pope by teaching the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge. Luther translated the Bible from Latin to the German vernacular making it more accessible to the common man. His work influenced Tyndale’s translation to English, the Gutenberg Bible, which is amongst the first mass-produced books.
The Bible paints a picture of the role of church leaders and it has been missed by many. The shepherd and sheep is the analogy the Bible uses many times. Shepherds (pastors) are supposed to let sheep do their own thing – eat, play, sleep. Pastors do not insert themselves into the lives of others unless their sheep are threatened to require them to become aggressive and defend their sheep. When a sheep wanders off they pursue it and lovingly bring it back.
Church leaders have the important job of teaching the Word of God. A good leader should welcome feedback, constructive criticism, and varying opinions. If you feel a church leader is prideful, hypocritical, or manipulative you should, for the sake of the entire church, lovingly confront them. Pastors have their biblical mandates and everyone else has the mandate to challenge each other to live in godliness (Hebrews 3:12-13), confront one another when necessary (Matthew 18:15-17; Luke 17:3), carry one another’s burdens, and pick each other up when we fall (Galatians 6:1-2).
We are all tasked with supporting and improving each other. We should all strive to make each other better examples of Christ to the world.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17