I don’t know what could be more arrogant than to think that a group of people would want to pay you to stand in front of them and tell them what is right and what is wrong. The sad thing is that this is exactly what a pastor does and is. They say the right stuff like, “challenge what I say” and “I struggle with this stuff too” but the fact is that they think that they are more qualified to speak than you which is why they are doing it and you are not.
Why are they more qualified? Because they have the answers. If they didn’t think they had the answers then they would stand in front of the church and say something like, “I don’t know why you are looking at me, like I know anything more than anybody else” and then they would sit down and be done with it. Of course this would result in those pastors losing their jobs, which wouldn’t be really great for them financially.
Why can’t other people stand up and speak in church? Because they might say something heretical. Here’s a question: how do you know the pastor isn’t preaching heresy? If you are able to discern heresy from truth from the pastor then why can’t you do the same with anyone who speaks? This whole one dude speaking at a gathering of believers is completely contrary to Scripture which explains that when the body gathered the body ministered to each other.
So what do we have in the modern pastor? We have a guy who thinks that he alone can fulfill the calling of the body to minister to one another. We have a guy who thinks he has something more important to say than everyone else. We have a guy who thinks that his words are so valuable that he has to get paid by the church so he can spend all his time formulating them.
Seriously, how arrogant can you be? How self-important can you get? If you don’t have all the answers, then sit down and shut up and make room for others to speak. If you don’t do that then your words of “I don’t know everything” ring false and empty. You really think that it is better for the body for you alone to speak? You think your words are that valuable? they aren’t.