Disagreeing with Your Pastor (or Other Leader)
The Bereans of the Apostle Paul’s day were considered of “more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17: 11)
Paul was self-confident enough in himself and in Christ to be unoffended by this practice, and the leaders in your church should be as well. If a lesson or lecture seems specious or unsound (the semi-annual “good stewards should tithe thusly” sermons come to mind), then get out that Bible and start reading.
Better yet, make sure that you’re reading Scripture – at home and on your own — on a regular basis so that by holding to His teaching, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8: 31).
Grace, love, acceptance, and freedom are more than words or idle promies: they are truths that we can experience in our Christian walk. Let’s start taking them seriously.