Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.Hebrews 13: 17
I grew up in a pastor’s home and so I know the genuine care and time invested in the lives of the people in the church from a front-row seat. I witnessed the time my Dad spent working with people in times of crisis. I have a book my sister compiled with my Dad’s sermon notes that reflect his preparation to teach. I know how he genuinely cared for the people even when the people returned something more in line with sorrow than joy.
In the passage above, the author of Hebrews commends true spiritual leaders who are indeed accountable to God for their teaching and their lives.
Consider James’ words –
Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.James 3:1
Unfortunately, today there are a number of leaders who drifting away from the Gospel. The drift is usually slow but sure, so be careful as you listen and follow and make sure sound, Biblical doctrine is maintained above the cultural pressure of today.