Thinking For Yourself

Matt, Alastair, and Derek discuss the questions of whether and how to rely on one's own theological judgment, or to submit to church authorities.

When dealing with delicate, nuanced, disputed, or important issues, should Christians primarily rely on their own judgment or the authority of church leaders in their lives? Derek, Alastair, and Matt bring their own experience to bear, as well as a reliance on Scripture and authority, to answer this listener-submitted question.

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Merrie Band

Called Into Questions, by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew 8:9 “A man under authority”

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