I like Priscilla and Aquila. They were good friends of Paul’s, and had put their faith in Jesus. I’m sure that, after hanging out with Paul for very long, they were pretty grounded.
So when they heard Apollos preaching a partial truth, they were able to recognize his error. They knew Apollos as a man instructed in the way of the Lord, fervent, and speaking accurately concerning Jesus as taught by John the Baptist. But Priscilla and Aquila also knew there was more to the story than what Apollos was preaching.
Now here’s what spoke to me today. The couple went privately to Apollos and had a conversation. I don’t see that they went to their neighbors first to complain about the preacher. They didn’t make a scene by stomping out of the church service. And they didn’t post their frustration on FaceBook.
“… they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (18:26)
The result was exciting. Apollos became a missionary who spoke powerfully, “…demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.”
Our pastors are human. And Satan would like nothing more than to introduce a little apostasy into their messages on Sunday mornings. Would you recognize it if you heard it? What would you do if your pastor said things that weren’t exactly consistent with Scripture?
Churches have split over situations like this. And Satan wins. If your first action is to complain to the Sunday School class, or call another member on the phone to point out the preacher’s error… you are wrong. We need to learn from Priscilla and Aquila and have that private conversation with our pastors first. We need to hold them accountable. And I believe, if your pastor is sincerely interested in speaking the Truth, he will listen like Apollos listened.
I encouraged you to pray for your pastor yesterday as you went to Sunday worship. Let me encourage you to pray for him on Monday, too. And Tuesday. Pray that God will keep him grounded in the Scripture, that he will be open to the Spirit’s leading, and that God will be proclaimed in Spirit and Truth every time he stands in front of the congregation.
I don’t know your pastor. But I know he covets your prayers.