2011 Truth Matters Conference (Session 11)

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PHIL: Well, John, I love to do this. We've done it a few times.

JOHN: We have.

PHIL: I've been collecting questions from people who are here at the Truth Matters Conference, pretty much through the conference. And I've tried to organize them in a topical kind of format. Some of these are practical questions, some of them are biblical questions. And for the most part they reflect exactly the kinds of questions we typically get from listeners at Grace To You. And the most common question we get, of course, at Grace To You is...where can I find a church in my area that's like Grace Church? And our standard answer is, "There aren't any and you can't have John MacArthur."

But the questions that follow up with that typically have to do with problems in churches and struggles that people have in their home church. Grace To You has always bent over backwards to be supportive of local churches. We recognize there are churches that have problems and sometimes severe problems.

With that in mind, I want to read Hebrews 13:17 which is a familiar text that says, "Obey your leaders and submit to them for they're keeping watch over your souls as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning for that would be of no advantage to you." So there's a command there to be obedient to the leaders of the church. And yet we know that there are churches where leaders are abusive and take advantage of what they think is God-given authority and actually abuse the sheep.

What are the biblical parameters for this?...

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