Q: Can you help me to understand something?? So someone posted that “if you are a young preacher and you go to preach without your leader’s consent, then you are walking in rebellion.” And I asked for a scripture reference. Well I was responded with that Samuel sent Saul, Elijah sent Elisha, Moses sent the spies… I’m trying to understand if this is “church hierarchy” or if this is biblically based. I cannot find a scripture that says such. Have I missed something?? Or is this “church politics”?

A: There’s no biblical new covenant restriction on where you can preach. Sounds like church performance politics.

However you should be faithful to a specific congregation, and be submissive to elders.

Faithfulness, consistency, and humility are characteristics of a true disciple of Christ.

1 Peter 5: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

There may be a couple of things going on here.

1. It could be an over-controlling performance based preaching ministry. That’s not true discipleship.

2. It could be an elder trying to give guidelines and help a young minister learn something specific for maturity and fruitfulness.

In that case, more clear teaching could be appropriate. Sometimes explaining the rules can be more effective than enforcing the rules. Understanding Scripture helps with discipleship.

I’ve seen both cases, so you just have to be discerning about your specific situation.

Be mature and be obedient… but if its not biblical discipleship, you may need to move on and find discipleship that will lead you by example and by instruction and by explaining the Scriptures.

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