There is a thread in the Baptist-Only area regarding the "man of God," his definition, his job, the extent of his authority, and Scriptures often used by authoritarian pastors in order to keep congregants under their thumbs. I have had the sad but humorous experience of dealing with such pastors -- in my case, some- times little Hitlers who thought themselves to be omniscient. :-D One such pastor came to me in order to advise me regarding an area of my life, and he had it so wrong that when I tried to tell him what was really going on, he would not listen, instead telling me, "I can read you like a book." He was so far off-base that I had a hard time after that just keeping a straight face in order to save his. When my son-in-law mentioned to a similar pastor that he was seeking the will of our God in prayer about a situation, that pastor told him he did not need to pray; he could tell my son-in-law what the will of our God is. Same pastor, different young person: she men- tioned that she was going to go to Bible college. He told her that he would not support her going. by that answer, she told him she was not asking him to support her schooling; she was just letting him know that she was going. His response: "You don't need Bible school; I know everything and can teach you." To me, a man of God is not a preacher or a pastor; a man or woman of God is one who seeks to do His will. Too many pastors haven't a clue on this concept and wish only to be, as mentioned in the other thread, little kings. The question was asked: how do you get rid of such a pastor, when he has told the whole congre- gation that he is not to be questioned. Well, like us, you can get up and leave. Where we use to attend two pastors like this in a row were success- ful in dropping the congregation from @230 on Sunday mornings down to @ 20 - all in 5 years total. Now, they were powerful! Thank our God for the real pastors, who have no desire to be little dictators, who are interested only in obeying our God and teaching Truth.