There are three jurisdictions highlighted in the Bible:
These three entities have a Divine order, and when utilized properly, decency and order are the rules not the exceptions. Some obvious exclusions from the pecking order are boards, committees, directors, deacons, and other Christians who carry a desire to lord over other saints.
Job 32: 8-10 offers an interesting perspective that is valuable for all Christians. These verses do not need a play by play nor a color commentary. The Word of God is quick and powerful! Read Hebrews 4:12, so on to Job –
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
Therefore, be careful of Christians that only offer criticism, and decline the receipt of criticism. Beware! These Christians are attempting to rule over you.
No matter the size of your church, the fame attached to your Pastor’s name, the grandeur of your ministries, the number of followers on social networking — You have no more access to the Throne of God, the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to opportunities to know God’s Word than any other Christian has available. The best you and I can offer is filthy rags!