Permit me to say that we should pray to God to open our eyes of understanding, even the prophet Samuel couldn't spot the chosen or should I say anointed in the house of Jesse, he almost poured the oil of crimson on the wrong brother because of what he saw on the outside (Remember, it's God that anoints not the oil). A lot of our so-called men of God are physically anointed today because religious leaders stayed religious instead of being Christians, they've anointed the tall in place of the called, empowered the fluent instead of the filled and ordained the talented in place of the chosen ones. Saul was called to be the captain of his people but when he failed in the task, another was chosen to take his place... I remember even his son Jonathan became instrumental in the process of deposing Saul... so even when a man is called and he/she cease to serve the purpose of the master, even members of his household will be used to effect the needed change.
Jesus is the highest of priest and the only head of the church and he was touched and done so many harms.. all of that became salvation for us all..let's assume our high priest annulled that rule there when he said "father forgive them for they knoweth not what they are doing"(assumption). We are all brethren and nobody is more than the other before God or specially placed in heaven. Can you remember the number of times Paul used the word brethren even in his letter to the disciples who are suppose to be his spiritual fathers (The Witnesses), this disciples broke bread and drank wine with Jesus. Paul was even prayed for after the Damascus route experience before he could regain his sight by those he later called brethren and sometimes scolded when things weren't so right. Pastors, preachers and our fathers in faith are here to guide and help us grow, but when they go wrong, I think the crowd should do the flogging in accordance with the provisions of1 Tim 5:20.
There is no room for being diplomatic when things go wrong, It is blind stupidity to try and introduce the morality "status quo" into this insanity that has become a cancerous canker-worm that is eating deep into Christendom, causing so much decadence and bringing reproach on saints and sinners alike. The same regard and respect model that has thought Nigerians to demand treating a rich thief with care while a common thief is quickly bludgeoned to death. A system that ensures or should i say preach that we accord respect to elders even when they are wrong or doing it wrong for reasons I am yet to read in the Bible (maybe I don't read the Bible that much?) and for this we allow a lot of things to go wrong because we are not suppose to correct some people because they are richer, older or more spiritual ...Hmmmm! "I no holy pass" or "Sabi pass" but everything I've read here as been based on spiritual principles that the Bible teaches, I am yet to see anyone go out of those guidelines even when they are not diplomatic about it so I refuse to go with your flow. Regurgitate and re-digest everything you've read here and please, make no comparison of our analysis, suggestions or opinion, we are all from diverse spiritual background and school of thought. Thank you.
I will mention church but no names. I've had a female colleague that was constantly harassed and offered another level of grace by a RCCG pastor whose wife is a close family friend. I have heard of some supposed men of God held in high esteem various works of life who use everywhere they are as an altar but instead of preaching salvation, they preach this new level of grace to just the girls but encourage the men to continue to hold fast and struggle in the Lord. Imagine a pastors who make it hard for you to say amen when they pray, sometimes I have to convince yourself within your spirit before you say amen, you deafen your ears and create a mental picture of Jesus saying the prayers himself instead of this agents of destruction. I seek grace daily and will continue to pray and intercede in ways I can. The good thing about this situation is that if this men confessed their iniquities yesterday and Jesus was asked today, He won't remember but that doesn't erase the karma+nemesis of what they've done.