David starts out writing in Psalm 23, that “The Lord is my shpeherd” That word shepherdH7462 is the Hebrew word raàh and it means to tend or keep a flock, to graze or feed. It is also translated as “pastor”.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastorsH7462 according to mine heart, which shall feedH7462 you with knowledge and understanding.
God’s plan was for the church to be edified and nurtured by the shepherd/pastors.
Eph 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Sometimes we become preoccupied with the words and tendencies of pastors, which is extremely unfair to them. They are, just as we are, but dust (Ps 103:14); prone to error (Jer 10:21, 12:10, 23:1) and quite frankly even more so given their grave task of moving the saints to maturity (Eph 4:13). Now, we are to honor them but not in contradiction to the word of God. We must follow Christ.
John 21:22 Jesus replied, … As for you, follow me.”
Jesus has given us an infallible teacher in the Holy Spirit. He only speaks what He hears from the Father (John 16:15) and while we can and should learn from our earthly teachers and pastors, the bulk of our spiritual education must come from our spiritual teachers.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Remember, the LORD is your shepherd and only follow man as he follows Christ!