1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
Every believer needs another believer (pastor) to be an advisor, counselor, guide and teacher.
3. What does it really mean?
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Many hundreds of years ago (probably over 1700 years ago) the gifts of the holy Spirit, which the Bible describes, were eliminated from the functioning and meetings of believers. it is clear, that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were utilized by the church in the Bible. these gifts gave god' direction and guidance to the church in carrying on it's mission of spreading the Gospel. In the Bible, believers met together often--in small groups--prayed in the Spirit and received instructions on where--when--how--to further the Gospel...
1 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch
certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was
called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. (Acts 13:1-4)
It is apparent that the church we have today does no operate in this way. One of the missing pieces of the puzzle is the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It we have eliminated the fits of the Spirit, then we have eliminated the leading of the Holy Spirit (and replaced Him with human leadership), The Bible does not say that the Holy Spirit will speak by a "still small voice" inside of us--it says he will speak thru us prophetically (out loud!)
In the past (as we have pointed out in studying many of these buzzwords) human authority was inserted into the church--very much replacing the leadership and authority that the Bible says God is supposed to have over believers. Yes, Christians need to have a spiritual leader. they need advice--guidance--councel--teaching. The Bible says that God the Holy Spirit is meant to supply these things to Christians.
But tradition gives us human authority instead.