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Does Submitting to the Elders Mean We Have to Do Whatever They Say?

host Adriel Sanchez aired August 4, 2022

Episode 1025 Show Notes 

From the Show

We need to distinguish between ministerial authority and magisterial authority. Ministers and pastors do not have the authority to make up rules for people. We don’t have magisterial authority that God’s Word has. As ministers of the Word we are calling people to submit to the Word. That is the only authority that we have.

Adriel Sanchez

Does Submitting to the Elders Mean We Have to Do Whatever They Say?

Questions in this Episode

  1. Is “the spirit of Christmas” something that is antithetical to the Christian faith? It seems very consumeristic to me.
  2. Does God give us individualized instructions on life choices?
  3. I’ve heard Hebrews 13:17 used over the years to justify an almost cult like obedience to a pastor. From what color shirts to wear to justifying questionable decisions. Does this verse really command use to blindly do as we are told?
  4. Can a pastor require weeks of sinless behavior before taking communion?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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