The only time God permits us to disobey earthly leaders is when they require us to do something morally wrong before God.
True or False?
The Honor Academy teaches this. So, let’s examine it.
Let’s pretend for a moment that Dave Hasz tells the interns that they must wear only blue shirts on Mondays. Is it morally wrong to wear blue shirts on Monday? No. So, according to this teaching, interns must comply or they are being disobedient and therefore sinful.
Let’s pretend that Dave Hasz says that you must only write in pencil. Pens are not allowed on campus. Is it morally wrong to write only in pencil? No. Again, according to this teaching, interns must comply or they are being disobedient and therefore sinful.
We can see that applying this rule just doesn’t make sense. God did not give authority to our spiritual leaders to control any/every area of our life. In fact, He did not give them the authority to control us at all – only to guide us.
Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. I Peter 5:3
If anyone could have control over another believer, it would certainly be Paul. In fact, he once wanted Apollos to take a certain trip and Apollos refused! Can you imagine the horror of refusing the Apostle Paul?! Here is how he responded:
Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity. (I Cor. 16:12)
Wait, so Paul didn’t demand obedience or coerce Apollos? Nope. He gave Apollos the freedom to make his own decisions. Why? Because Apollos didn’t have to obey Paul!
If he didn’t have to obey Paul, why do you have to obey Dave Hasz or Ron Luce?