God has given pastors, teachers and small group leaders to the church as a gift. Their ministry from week to week should help people pursue God. But they don’t have the last word on anything, and sometimes they will make mistakes.
Only God’s Word is infallible
Christians believe that the Bible is infallible, which means that it is perfect and without error in its original writing. That puts it in a different category than any other sermon, book or opinion. Any leader that claims to speak for God at this level is at best delusional and at worst demonic.
Spiritual leaders will make mistakes
When pastors, teachers, or small group leaders share the truth with people around them, they will sometimes make mistakes. This does not invalidate everything that they say, but it does remind us that we should carefully consider every teaching and measure it against the infallible Word of God.
When to walk away
Though no spiritual leader is perfect, there may come a time when you need to walk away from their ministry because they have gone too far. Are they living in an obvious, unrepentant sin? Have they blatantly ignored or twisted the Word of God? Are they making their ministry all about them and their own glory? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you should humbly and prayerfully consider leaving their ministry circle, but only after giving them a chance to make a change.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.