Putting Our Pastor's Voice Over God's
There are many good teachers who study God's word with a sincere desire to grasp truth from it, passing it on to their fellow believers -- with whom they are equal in Christ. These men and women mirror the humility that Jesus showed when He washed His disciples' feet, and are little rewarded (materially) for their pains.
There are others, however, who do not "enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climb in by some other way." (John 10:1)
Thieves and robbers, they demand our respect, time, money, and obedience, which should raise alarm flags.
Before we listen too seriously, too well, and too passively to another person's voice, we should ask ourselves why we're doing this, as well as remind ourselves that, in a church situation, choosing to attend any particular congregation is a completely voluntary process, unlike the submission demanded by government, employers, rulers, and kings.