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#37 Does a Christian have to be under a Pastor or Clergy to do the work of the Lord?
Thank you for your question. The short answer is yes. Let me elaborate:
Jesus died and rose again, He established the church (His bride) to carry on the work of the ministry in this world to disciple believers and win the lost. All things in this world have authority, if there is no authority there would be chaos, confusion, and mayhem in this world. Anarchy is a good word for this.
Pastors are called to lead the church in spiritual growth and ministry. Discipleship is the primary goal of the church and the Pastor is to lead in this area. As you may know, many people in a church might join, but don't give much commitment to spiritual growth. When it comes time to discuss or vote on action in the local church, you may have members attending, but who do not have a spiritual relationship to the Lord, imagine people as such who want to incorporate new policies in the church that are unscriptural and detrimental to spiritual growth. The Pastor is to lead God's people in truth, righteous behavior, and spiritual growth.
In Ephesians 4:11-16 Paul lists many spiritual gifts and the purpose and context for which they should be used. You will see Pastor/Teacher as one of the gifts.
In 2 Timothy 4:2-3 The Pastor is admonished to "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering (patience) and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine...."
Hebrews 13:7 "Remember those who have rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct." See I highlighted the "rule" section.
Look at 13:17 "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."
The exception to this would be IF the pastor is not behaving according to the word of God, or is teaching doctrines contrary to God's word. In this case, if the church does not attempt to address this with the pastor, or if the pastor refuses to listen, my advice would be to seek out another church. IF a pastor is dictatorial to the point of abusing the flock, it may also be time to seek another place to serve.
It is scriptural to be submissive to your Pastor. Love him and his family, pray for them, encourage when possible, and support him if he is doing his best to lead the church to glorify God and preach His word.
I hope this helps and answers your question.