In Hebrews 13:17, most translations tell us to “obey” those who are leaders in the church.

In the Greek, the verb is in the middle voice and actually means to “be persuaded”.

Yet it is often translated “obey” in the active voice.

Properly translated, we are to be persuaded by those who lead. Otherwise, they have no authority.

There is NO command in the New Testament to blindly follow, and no mandate for authoritarianism over God’s people.

Let’s once again learn to be the church as Scripture shows it, rather than keep doing “church” as we’ve known it.