What happens when someone who serves in a teaching ministry in the church finds that his reading of Scripture is no longer within the parameters of the church’s teaching position?
This question isn’t the same as whether someone who no longer agrees with a church’s theological position can stay in the church: or course that person can stay, unless as a member he’s been excommunicated because the church hopes in this way to bring him to repentance for a sin. This person in the teaching ministry, likewise, can stay. But will he?
But why not? Well, it’s not, if the church is being a church, a matter of being shunned. It’s not even a matter of personal preferences vis-à-vis the church’s interpretation. No, rather, it’s a matter of being able to operate with the set of spiritual gifts that God has given. If teaching is one of these gifts that this person has in Christ for the church’s edification, can he continue to use it within the parameters of this particular church’s teaching position?
Teaching in contradiction to the church’s position seems out of the question. In such a case, is it better to say nothing or to leave the church or to find places outside of the institutional church to use the gift? The last option is a disembodied option that attempts to ditch the church to satisfy something that exists for the church, so that is unacceptable. Now, then, it comes down to ignoring dissonance or going to another church.
This must happen commonly enough: surely the same issue comes up for PCA pastors who no longer subscribe fully to the Westminster Confession, &c., &c. For laypeople, however, the question seems to remain unanswered.