With more and more information becoming available online, it seems we have more and more opportunities to create a kind of eclectic faith – that is, a faith whose tenets are drawn from many sources, streams and philosophies – good or bad. This can engender a situation where no two Christians totally agree on all doctrines.
It is beyond dispute that God raised up special leaders in the Old Testament that God's peope were expected to obey. Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David and others clearly fell into this category. But what about in the New Testament? I would like to suggest that God raised up not only Apostles but also Elders (which we call "Pastors" today) to lead in church affairs. Deacons also probably had a sphere of authority in the organisation and operation of certain practical and financial matters in the church. I will show some examples below of people issuing commands in the New Testament. We ought to consider this, or the body of Christ may end up resembling a jellyfish or an amoeba more than a human body.
There have been many situations where church people have not been good followers and have resisted the God-given oversight that they are supposed to follow – often for bad reasons that are only partially true. On the other hand, some church leaders who are gifted and capable and in many ways good people have messed with people's destinies and discouraged and hurt them to the point where these sincere Christian people who have been hurt want nothing to do with any kind of church structure in which there are human leaders who give instructions to the congregation that they expect to be obeyed. So what is the Biblical picture we see in the New Testament?
We don't have all the information we would perhaps like and I heard someone say recently "there is no New Testament pattern for the church". However, there are things written that give us a few guidelines, and there are Scriptures which speak on this issue.