I think that almost everyone trust their preachers or spiritual leader. I trust mine. But even so there are a lot of spiritual leaders teaching a lot of different things, they can’t all be right. In fact the Bible teaches us that one day many people won’t come to church to hear the truth, they come to hear what they want to hear, and there will be preachers who want to tell them what they want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)
2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
I believe that the day that the Bible is referring to is TODAY! Every time your preacher says something, somewhere there is a preacher saying the exact opposite! And each preacher has many followers who will insist that their preacher is right, because they love their preacher. These folks will raise cain if anyone dares to question him.
We should respect our preachers. We should respect them on the grounds that they love the truth and want to serve God.
But we want to make sure that they are actually respecting God. Don’t let him do all of your Bible study for you, do your own research, and if your research differs from what his said in respect go to your preacher and talk to him about it. If your research differs regularly from his with big issues like the identity of Christ it might be time to start talking to other preachers in your area.