When giving advice, people may give their "opinion" backed up by scripture, but not necessarily offer a biblical command or instruction. I believe some of this can fall into the realm of "disputable matters" (Romans 14:1). However, there are some who take it personally, or as a lack of respect, if their advice is not followed. Does Titus 2:15 (encourage and rebuke with all authority) mean that leaders have the right to order people about what advice to follow?

Human advice and biblical command are two different things. One has only the weight of human opinion, while the other has divine authority. The fact that someone is in leadership does not change this fact. Advice is still advice, regardless of its source.

For more on this, listen to the lessons on Proverbs, including the CD on advice, in The Wisdom Literature (IPI, 2004).

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