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

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

Yet it is often mistranslated “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 any leader …

And no mandate for authoritarianism over God’s people.

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