Wise Advice On The Balance Between Submission to Leaders and Personal Responsibility
The church must balance analytical independence (1 Thess. 5:21) with submissiveness to its leaders (1 Thess. 5:13; Heb. 13:7, 17; Gal. 1:8–9). We “obey [our] leaders” and we “test everything.” Yet we test humbly, reticent to question pastors who have been called by God, then trained, tested, and approved by the church. Contrary to contemporary sensibilities, not all opinions are equal.
Dan Doriani, Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2001), 66.