Should We Obey Our Leaders and Submit To Them Without Questions?

One of the doctrine of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is to obey the leaders and always submit to them. It is God who placed the administration in the Church and has given it the responsibility to watch over us. It is our obligation to submit ourselves and to obey it. Unlike in other religions, members of the Church of Christ are lovingly cared for so that our service to God can be administered properly. The church is using Hebrews 13:17.

Hebrews 13:17 NRSV – 17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.
Hebrews 13:17 NKJV – 17Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

First of all, there is no mentioned of who the leaders to be obeyed. There are bad leaders who led their members into destruction.

Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, ordered 918 of his followers to kill themselves as a “revolutionary act” in November 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.

Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret, leaders of Order of the Solar Temple, committed suicide along with their 51 members in 1955.

Marshall Applewhite, Leader of Heaven’s Gate, orchestrated a mass suicide of 38 members on March 26, 1997.

David Koresh, leader of Branch Davidians, led 70 of his followers in a bloody battle with federal law enforcement agents on April 19, 1993 in Waco, Texas.

The Cornelius Theory of Equivocation

Of course the INC Church leaders are smarter than the cult leaders identified above. But the true context of Hebrews has been revealed already in Hebrews 13:7.

Hebrews 13:7 NKJV – 7Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. .

There are three things the verse is teaching:

1. Have spoken the word of God;
2. Whose faith follows;
3. Considering the outcome of their conduct.

On item #1, we can accept the church leaders are teaching the words of God, but do they? Is the teaching of “One with EVM” biblical?
One item #2, do they really follow the faith in Christ? Do they preach the gospel of peace or do they teach using “mind conditioning” technique that is teaching to obey without questions, if you don’t could be going to the lake of fire.

Romans 10:15, NKJV – 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

One item #3, consider how the Executive Minister and the Church Councils are living in luxurious life style. How the church has become excessive in Guinness Book of Records. Consider the relentless expulsions of those who are voicing their opinions and how they conduct themselves in exchange of words with those who are expelled in the church.

Is the church doctrine on Hebrews 13:17 purposely perverted?