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The New Testament believer is not guided by a Pastor or Prophet like done in the Old Testament, he is guided by the Holy Spirit. In fact it will be heresy to say a believer is guided by the Pastor as the Pastor is guided by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” – John 14:26 AMPC
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No one fits that role of spiritual guidance except the Holy Spirit who has been giving for that cause. You can be taught by a Pastor and you definitely should be taught by a Pastor in the local assembly but you can’t be taught all things by a Pastor. The Holy Spirit stands in the place of Jesus, represents Him and acts on His behalf. The Holy Spirit is Christ being in you, no man can take up that role. In the Old Testament, the ministry of the Kings were to lead the people and they were specially anointed for that, the ministry of the priests were to lead in sacrifices and declare God’s law and they were anointed for that while the ministry of the Prophets were to preach under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God related to them in the natural realm because He couldn’t dwell in their spirit which wasn’t born again nor recreated.
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The New Testament believer is led by the Holy Spirit, not by the Pastor or other ministers. Under the New Testament every believer has been made Kings and Priests (1 Peter 2:9) in which we are living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God! Every believer have access in which we are implored to come to the throne of Grace with boldness (Hebrews 4:16)! Not through any Pastor or through any other means… We do not need any man to stand in for us to God, we are anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can freely live for and to God.
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We begin to stumble when we allow every of our move to be under the influence of our Pastor instead of being under the influence of the Holy Spirit. These excesses are there because we are human and our Pastors are human too and certain times when unchecked some human traits begins to surface and play out even in ministry. Certain Pastors point men to themselves instead of pointing them to Jesus, they start demanding that they should be quoted, they should be the one to control their members and all of that… They are men privileged of God to serve in that capacity, those excesses are sometimes expected and as we grow we are corrected of them and we repent of it. A certain Rev. Funke was preaching at the House on the Rock Church headquarters in 2017 at their Word Conference, I was opportuned to be there while she was teaching and she made a striking statement “I am glad I didn’t listen to my Pastor concerning my marriage. I would have had the worst marriage.” she went further to narrate how she sought for guidance from her Pastor on choice of marriage, she received instructions from the Pastor but was prompted by the Holy Spirit to do otherwise. Her Pastor wasn’t fake but at times there are things that aren’t in the jurisdiction of the Pastor and we often impose it on them and they unknowingly don’t rebuke it. Things like choice of marriage isn’t what should be subject to our Pastor’s rule just like your personal devotion time shouldn’t be something your Pastor is in control of. To ask a Pastor if you should marry someone or not is trying to giving him rights over where he doesn’t have rights in your life. You could seek advice from your Pastor but it’s not a final authority. You stumble when your Pastor becomes the final authority. Many Christians no longer pray about something because they aren’t even sure they’ll receive answers.
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What then is the responsibility of the ministers in the New Testament? They are given for the maturing of the Saints (Ephesians 5:10-12), to teach the word even as it is the Holy Spirit who brings the revelation into your Spirit. The gospel is foolishness to the Greeks and scam to the Jews but the Gospel is light to anyone the Holy Spirit reveals it to. Paul said he planted, Apollo’s watered but God caused it to grow. You see, the ministers keeps sowing seeds and the Holy Spirit continues to cause it’s growth. While a Pastor is an overseer over God’s flock, he isn’t the guide because that would mean taking over the works of the Holy Spirit in a believer. The believer needs no validation from a Pastor to pray, live for God or partake in any spiritual exercise. The destiny of a believer isn’t dependent on the Pastor.
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Kenneth Haggin writes thus “The Pastor is just a spiritual overseer to help believers in the local body, and he is anointed by the Holy Ghost to stand in that office. But believers don’t have to inquire of God through him.” We are led by the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of God because we are sons of God (Romans 8:14). Our true father is the Holy Spirit. A Christian without a Pastor would not be very useful in the local body, every Christian ought to belong to a local body or let’s put in a better word “congregation”, it is in this congregation that we find more platforms of service and we have ministers who has been given to us as oversight! However, they don’t take over the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives and we don’t hand that place over to them.
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Be led by the Spirit.
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