The Hebrews writers said, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Heb. 13:17.
Korah rebelled against Moses, God’s chosen leader, and God killed Korah, Numbers 16.
The rebellious teens mocked Elisha, God’s prophet, and so Elisha cursed them and they were killed by two bears, 2 Kings 2:23,24.
When the ungodly world turns against God’s preachers, as in when they go out two by two, it says the ungodly will be killed, Rev. 11:3-5.
So when people talk bad about the Elders, is there a consequence? Paul said to Timothy, “19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.”, 1 Tim 5:19,20.
Even David of Israel, when he had what appeared to be legitimate gripes against King Saul, would not speak against or do anything against the King.
Today, the Elders are in the position they are in for a reason which is according to God’s wisdom. And the church is to follow and give them respect. Let us respect their place that God has brought them to. They have a job that is not easy.
Sincerely, Dan Mayfield