One major concern with constantly being taught is that we have a tendency to believe everything a teacher (preacher) says without question. This is part of the influence of an irrational, and senseless clergy system. Though a person is a trusted shepherd, a loving teacher and compassionate preacher, is no reason not to do your personal investigating and listening. It is the voice of the Lord we must hear and not just the voice of man. They are not co-equal or identical regardless of what the speaker may have told us.
Scriptures are for research and comparing words that are “not of personal or private interpretation,” wrote the apostle Peter, with words we hear from teachers and preachers that are of private interpretation. Like the people in Berea, in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, having heard Paul and Silas, “they received the word with eagerness” but they also, “examined and searched the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they, which testify of me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. Jesus