Ungodly pastoral counsel comes from educated, religious leaders, too!


 Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.

-Matthew 12:14, NLT

For many years, I struggled with the idea of standing up for myself with medical professionals. The idea of “firing” one’s doctor did not seem like a real possibility for me. You see, I had grown up in a medical town where doctors were revered as great, unquestionable authorities.

But as I grew into manhood, I learned that pushing back against such medical authorities is sometimes necessary. It is about having healthy boundaries and not accepting abuse from anyone–including even a doctor–when it is present. This was and is a hard lesson for me to internalize.

The same learning experience applies to the religious realm and human authorities.

I think too many of us accept the word of ministers–especially well-educated ones with counseling degrees–over what we know to be true from the Bible and the Holy Spirit at work in us (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).

The quote I shared at the start of this post is to make a point:

It was the most learned and prestigious religious leaders who plotted Jesus’ death. This stands as a stark warning to us not to blindly trust an educated religious leader for that leader clearly may not be operating with the mind of God. 

Many good and wise ministers exist just as many good and wise medical doctors do. However, we need to be willing to “fire” any authority that is being abusive and/or acting in a way contrary to God’s counsel as revealed though the Bible and Holy Spirit.